The Vineyard varsity football team kept hope alive for a winning season with a come-from-behind 29-22 win Friday night over host Fairhaven. Jacob Cardoza rushed for touchdowns of 12, 5, and 40 yards as the Vineyarders (4-5) broke loose for more than 300 yards of total offense.
The Vineyarders had to overcome the loss of starter Joe Turney, who played for one defensive series, then ran for 52 yards on one carry before rolling his ankle. Coach Donald Herman will rest Turney for Friday’s game at Archbishop Williams. Tyler Paulson will be back in the lineup.
The Vineyarders got on the board first in Fairhaven, taking a 7-0 lead following Cardoza’s first TD and James Sashin’s extra-point kick. The Blue Devils responded with two scores in the final 1:10 of the half to lead 14-7 at the break. Fairhaven scored the second TD by recovering a fumbled kickoff in the Vineyard endzone. According to coach Herman, the referees later admitted that the play should have been ruled a touchback.
Fairhaven squandered their good fortune by starting the third quarter with a pair of miscues. With quarterback Cam Charette lined up at wide receiver, the snap sailed high over Ian Furtado and into the endzone for a safety to make the score 14-9. The Blue Devils then tried a squib kick which gave M.V. the ball at the Fairhaven 36. The Vineyarders quickly took advantage. Jacob Cardoza reeled off a 28-yard gain, then added his second touchdown of the night plus a two-point conversion to give the Purple a 17-14 lead.
Fairhaven scored on a nine-yard touchdown pass and a two-point conversion to lead 22-17. The Vineyarders would have the final say, however, as Deshawn James put the Purple ahead to stay with a 34-yard touchdown run. Jacob Cardoza capped off the scoring with his third TD of the game to finish with 91 yards rushing on 12 carries, along with 17 yards receiving. Isaac Higgins rushed 10 times for 59 yards.
Keying the Vineyard defense were Kyle Stobie with eight tackles and David Macias with seven, while Ben Clark recovered a fumble and recorded two sacks.
The Vineyarders look to reach the .500 mark with a game at Archbishop Williams in Braintree, Friday at 6 pm.
The Touchdown Club auction will be held Saturday at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs. The festivities get underway at 5:30 pm.