Martha’s Vineyard varsity defeats Coyle & Cassidy, 21-7

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The Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team won its second game of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Coyle & Cassidy, 21-7, in Taunton. With the victory, they avoid the bottom of the Eastern Athletic Conference, moving to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the EAC.

Vineyarder Jacob Cardoza was the star of the afternoon, combining for over 200 yards rushing and receiving. Cardoza also scored all three Vineyard touchdowns, including an 85-yard reception from quarterback Mike Mussell in the first quarter. Mussell also found Cardoza for a 27-yard touchdown catch midway through the second quarter, giving MV a 14-0 lead at halftime. Early in the fourth quarter, with Coyle & Cassidy trying to make a comeback, Cardoza again broke through the defense, this time for a 67-yard touchdown run, sealing victory for the Vineyarders.

Lucas DeBettencourt contributed 15 tackles and a fumble recovery, while defensive tackle Andy DiMattia had 14 tackles and a sack.

Coach Donald Herman was pleased with his team’s performance, especially by the way they applied what was worked on in practice to the game.  “Our kids executed the game plan,” he said. “And we took advantage of the opportunities given.”

The Vineyarders have four more games remaining in the season, including a home game against Bourne at 6 pm this Friday.