Somerset Berkley routs Martha’s Vineyard in league opener, 47-8

Somerset Berkley players celebrated their fourth touchdown of the first half while Vineyarder Doug Andrade walked back to the sideline. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Vineyard football team has fallen on hard times of late. Fresh off of a 31-6 defeat to Cardinal Spellman on October 12 in the homecoming game, the Vineyarders (4-3) got a rude introduction to the Eastern Athletic Conference schedule on Friday night when unbeaten Somerset Berkley (7-0) came to town and administered a 47-8 whipping at Dan McCarthy Field.

Raiders’ backs Mike Garrant and Garrett Carlos each scored three touchdowns. By halftime, the visitors led 34-0 and the Vineyarders had yet to record a first down.

Early in the second quarter, with his team down 28-0, coach Donald Herman pleaded with his team to find some fire and at least play “angry.”

“It was a good ‘ole-fashioned butt-whipping by a team that had 28 seniors; we have 28 players,” coach Herman said. “Not enough players from the Vineyard believed that we could win the game before the game even started. I don’t know how you combat that.”

As if the score wasn’t bad enough, Vineyard defensive lineman Harry West fractured a finger in two places in the second quarter and somehow finished the game. “Harry played with a lot of heart; we need 11 people like that,” coach Herman said and added that West will be ready to play this Saturday against Bishop Feehan.

The coach was also impressed with the play of sophomore cornerback Spencer Schofield, who made one of the plays of the game. In the fourth quarter, Schofield ran from clear across the field to track down a Raider runner and knock him out of bounds at the one yard line, saving a sure touchdown.

The Vineyard faithful had little else to cheer about until Brandon Watkins ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run against the Raiders second defense.

The road doesn’t get any easier this week for the Vineyarders, who play in Attleboro on Saturday at 1 pm against traditional EAC power Bishop Feehan.

“We have just as big a challenge coming up this week,” coach Herman said. “It’s their homecoming and they’ve had two weeks to get healthy and get ready for us.”

The next Vineyard home game will be November 2 against EAC foe Bishop Stang. Kickoff is 6:30 pm.