Brighton Bengals maul Martha’s Vineyard gridders, 60-41

Brighton Bengals maul Martha’s Vineyard gridders, 60-41

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The Brighton defense tripped up Martha's Vineyard's Isaac Higgins after a big gain. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School football coach Donald Herman, in 49 years as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, had never been on a team that allowed 60 points in a game. Saturday, at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs, the unthinkable happened. The Brighton High Bengals and their high-powered offense torched the Vineyarders 60-41.

“We’ve had teams that have gone an entire season, 11 games, and not given up 60 points,” coach Herman said after the loss that dropped the Purple to 0-2 on the season.

Brighton quarterback Jalen Apperwhite and running back Ricardo Edwards ran roughshod over the Vineyard defense all afternoon. The coup de grace was an 86-yard Edwards scamper down the right sideline to complete the scoring with 1:03 left on the clock. Apperwhite tossed touchdown passes of 60, 49, and 37 yards and scored on a QB sneak.

Vineyard quarterback Mike Mussell had four TD passes on the day, a 17-yarder to Joe Turney, 34 yards to Andrew Carroll, 50 yards to Deshawn James, and a seven yard toss to Tyler Paulson. Turney opened the scoring with a five-yard TD run in the first quarter and Jacob Cardoza added an eight-yard score in the second.

The Vineyarders play at Randolph next Friday and host Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouse Bishop Feehan on September 27 at 6:30 pm.


  1. Bengals maul Marthas Vineyard.. yes,they scored 60 on the Vineyard..but did someone miss the fact that the Vineyard scored 41 on them ?? Sounds like both teams defense were having serious trouble. Good luck boys ,we are cheering for you all :)

  2. There was also a lot of really good plays by the Vineyarders. It almost seems like Ralph is from Brighton instead of MV the way he chose to word this article. How about some more positive facts here along with the negative.

    1. It sounds to me like a very accurate accounting of the game. Mr Stewart quotes Coach Herman and gives the offensive details of both teams. Was he supposed to leave out what the Brighton team did?