Vineyard gridders corral Mustangs
Martha’s Vineyard’s Brandon Watkins did it all last Friday night in Medford. He ran for one touchdown, caught an Alec Tattersall pass for another, and grabbed an interception on defense as the Vineyarders beat the Mustangs, 21-14.
After a horrible start against Old Rochester, (a 25-0 loss) in the season opener, the Purple and White have reeled off four consecutive wins.
Watkins finished the game against Medford with 95 yards rushing and 18 receiving. Tattersall was 9 of 15 for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Stuart Hersh caught the other Vineyard TD.
Harry West led the Purple defense, with a sack and nine tackles.
Vineyard coach Donald Herman said he was relieved to leave town with the win. “They [Medford] were a better team than they were last year,” he said. “It was exciting, and I’m relieved to have the win under our belts. They have some great athletes and dressed 70 people. We dressed 26. We made the plays when we needed to make them.”
The win came at a cost. Already plagued by a rash of shoulder injuries this season, the Vineyarders lost three more players on Friday night. Linebacker Kyle Stobie, back from injury for the past two games, is out again, likely for three weeks plus, with a separated shoulder. Offensive guard/defensive lineman Aaron Lowe and Defensive end Diego De Frietas are both day to day.
On the plus side, Andrew Jacobs-Walsh will be back in the lineup for Friday night’s homecoming game against Cardinal Spellman of Brockton. The kickoff is 6:30 pm.
The Cardinals (2-2) romped to a 28-0 win, Friday, over Vineyard league rival Coyle Cassidy.
The homecoming dance will be Saturday at 7:30 pm at the high school.
The Vineyard harriers hosted Eastern Athletic Conference dynasty Bishop Feehan on October 3.
The Vineyard boys lost their first meet of the season, 21-38, but raced extremely well. Three Vineyarders finished in the top ten. Jeremy Alley-Tarter was third and set a school record with a time of 16:28. Mike Schroeder (16:43) and Cooper Chapman (16:53) were 5th and 7th overall.
Four more Vineyard boys finished in the top 20 of 57 runners: Kyle Joba-Woodruff (17:30, 13th); Sam Oslyn (17:33, 14th); Isaiah Maynard (18:01, 17th); and Julian Kelly (18:12, 19th).
The Shamrocks have an enormous girls roster to draw from, 90 runners in all, and they brought 37 to the Island. Abbie McNulty, one of the best runners in the state, set a Vineyard course record of 18:32. Julia Neville was the first Vineyarder and finished 11th in 21:33. Willoe Maynard took the 12th spot in 21:43. Lilly Neville finished 23rd (23:08). The girls lost, 15-50.
After five events, the boys are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the EAC. The girls are 2-3 and 1-2. Both Vineyard teams raced against Coyle Cassidy in an EAC meet Wednesday afternoon at MVRHS.
The Vineyard golfers (9-7, 5-3 EAC) moved to within one win of the state tournament with a convincing 239-261 victory on Monday over Whitman-Hanson at Farm Neck. Four Vineyarders shot under 40. Mike deBettencourt carded a 36, followed by sister Kat deBettencourt (38), Justin Smith (39), and Andrew Hakala (39).
Friday afternoon, Justin Smith had the low score at 38, but the Vineyarders lost a close match to visiting Nauset, 239-243.
Doug DeBettencourt’s team wraps up the regular season with four matches in six days: Thursday at home vs. Falmouth, Friday at home vs. Dartmouth, Monday away in Harwich against Cape Tech, and Tuesday away vs. Scituate.
The boys fell to 4-2-4 after dropping a 1-0 decision to Coyle Cassidy in an EAC match Tuesday afternoon in Taunton.
The loss came on the heels of an impressive 6-0 non-league win over Dennis-Yarmouth on Friday at Dan McCarthy Field.
The Vineyarders are in North Dartmouth on Thursday to play Bishop Stang and host Bishop Feehan on Saturday at 11:30 am.
The girls lost 4-0 at home Tuesday to Coyle Cassidy. It was a game coach Richard Bennett said should have been much closer. “It was one of those games where they were a little better than we were, but we missed a lot of breakaway opportunities,” he said, “It could have been 4-2 or 3-2. Their goalie came up big.”
Friday, in West Yarmouth, the girls got a much-needed win, 1-0, over Dennis-Yarmouth. Annie Ollen scored the match winner 15 minutes into the first half. Emily Turney got the clean sheet in net.
“It was one of the better games we’ve played as team,” coach Bennett said.
The Vineyarders (3-8-0) host Bishop Stang on Thursday at 3 pm and travel to Attleboro, Saturday, for a match with Bishop Feehan.
The jayvee team lost a pair of close matches, 1-0 to Coyle Cassidy on Tuesday and 2-1 to D-Y last Friday. Sabrina Reppert scored the Vineyard goal.
Vineyard quarterback Alec Tattersall leads the conference with 441 yards passing, seven touchdowns and only one interception. Brandon Watkins is the third leading rusher with 443 yards on 41 carries. Doug Andrade is fifth with 294 yards on 37 carries. The Vineyarders have the top three receivers in Watkins (nine receptions, 163 yards), Jahmari Thomas (10, 112), and Joe Turney (11, 99).
Field hockey player Kendall Robinson leads the league in scoring with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. Teammate Kat Dorr is seventh with five goals, two assists, and seven points.
Jeremy Alley-Tarter and Mike Schroeder each have two wins in the league cross-country standings.
Kat deBettencourt holds the low score on the links with a 31, followed by brother Mike at 34. Mike Piland is fifth on the list with a 36. Matt Marchand (37), Justin Smith (38), and Brendan Maseda (39) have all scored under 40 this season as well.
In soccer, Jack Roberts is 11th in the EAC with five goals. Jackson McBride is second ranked goalkeeper with a 1.2 goals against average. Emily Turney is the fifth-ranked girls keeper.