Vineyarders finish with an 18-7 victory over Coyle & Cassidy

Photo by Robin Davies

Martha’s Vineyard beat the visiting Coyle & Cassidy Warriors 18-7 on homecoming night Friday at McCarthy Field.

The Vineyarder defense forced five turnovers, and held on long enough for the sputtering offense to get back on track. Senior running back Joe Turney scored two touchdowns.

Martha’s Vineyard got off to a quick start, capitalizing on a botched punt. The snap sailed over the Coyle & Cassidy punter’s head, and the Vineyarders recovered on the two yard line.

Joe Turney scampered into the end zone for the touchdown, the first regulation time touchdown for Martha’s Vineyard in more than three games.

The extra point try was no good, so the Vineyarders lead 6-0, and that’s the way the half ended.

Late in the third quarter, Coyle Cassidy tied the score when quarterback Tristan Blaisdell capped a 61 yard drive with a touchdown pass to Henry Brechter. The Warriors converted the extra point to take a 7-6 lead.

The Vineyarders defense shut down Coyle & Cassidy in the fourth quarter, giving the offense a chance for some late game heroics.

With just over a minute left in the game, sophomore running back Jacob Cardoza took a handoff and sprinted 34 yards to the end zone. Martha’s Vineyard lead 12-6.

When Austin Chandler intercepted a pass deep in Warrior end of the field, it sealed the victory.

Joe Turney scored on a nine yard run to give the home team some insurance on homecoming night.

Final score, Martha’s Vineyard 18, Coyle & Cassidy 7.

The Vineyarders finished the regular season with a 3-4 record (2-2 Eastern Athletic Conference).