A drenching rain failed to postpone the start of Saturday's football game with St. Mary's of Lynn, nor did it visibly impede the running of Vineyard quarterback Randall Jette, who carried the ball 247 yards. Actually he carried it 307 yards but a 60-yard touchdown scoring scamper was nullified by an illegal motion penalty.
Jette rushed for three touchdowns and passed for 85 yards, including another touchdown.
As the Globe said, "the junior quarterback did it all."
Of course, technically he didn't. The offensive and defensive lines won the battles of the trenches made especially difficult by the wet footing, in some places as much as ankle deep.
The Islanders scored on their first possession moving 52 yards in seven plays. Dhonathan Lemos's kick was good for the extra point.
St. Mary's responded with a 75-yard scoring drive of their own, capped by a two-point conversion giving them a one-point lead, 8-7.
The Vineyard's next scoring effort included a 20-yard pass completion from Jette to T.J. Van Gerven. Jette dashed 32 yards for the score. M.V. added a two-point conversion to lead 15-8. After Brian Montambault recovered a Lynn fumble, it took six plays for M.V. to score on a Jette to Moreis pass, plus an extra point kick. 22-8.
Before the period ran out, the Vineyard added a Lemos field goal to reach the break up 25-8.
The second half was not unlike the first, except the rain had stopped. Jette ran 60 yards to the end zone on the second play of the period, but the run and score were cancelled by a motion penalty. Four plays later Tyler Araujo scored from the nine. The extra point kick was good. 32-8.
St. Mary's added six points to their side of the ledger after recovering an M.V. fumble at midfield. 32-14.
Jette got those points back with a 79-yard run from the Vineyard 21. Lemos's toe made it 39-14.
In the closing minutes, St. Mary's scored on a five-play, 57-yard drive, then ran for two more points and the final score: 39-22.
Friday Bishop Feehan invades McCarthy Field. The Shamrocks are favored to win the EAC championship. The Islanders will need all of their skill and determination to pull out a victory. A grandstand full of vocal fans wouldn't hurt.
Girls edge Wareham
The M.V. girls soccer team posted is first win, Friday, in a home game with Wareham. The game was scoreless until the final five and a half minutes when Gillian O'Callaghan scored. Molly Fischer took a free kick from 25 yards out. It was blocked by the Wareham goalie, but she left the rebound too close to Gillian who headed it into the top left corner of the net.
Tuesday the girls lost their match with Bishop Stang, 4-1.
The Oak Bluffs boy Blazers won every event except the mile, Friday, at the MVRHS track, topping Edgartown 55-17. O.B. swept the long jump and the 100m sprint. Matt Marshand was a double winner with the discus and shot put and placed second in the 100m.
Jeremy Alley-Tarter, spurning his specialty, the mile, won both the long jump and the 200m dash. Ben Wobbly was first over the hurdles for O.B. Paul Robinson won the 100m sprint and was second with the discus and in the long jump.
Edgartown's only first place points came in the mile with Michael Morris in 6:51.
Not to be overshadowed by the boys, the O.B. girls won their meet with the Eagles, 55-10. The lady Blazers won every event except the long jump, which was claimed by E-town's Caroline Gazaille with a 12' 3" leap. O.B. won all the points in the discus, 100m, and 200m and was 1-2 in the shot and hurdles.
West Tisbury won its meet with Tisbury by forfeit. Had they competed with Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, Friday, they would have won the shot and discus and would have swept the mile.
Next Thursday West Tisbury takes on Edgartown and Oak Bluffs goes against Tisbury. After that comes the interscholastic track season-ending quadrilateral meet.
CC OB 5K
The 20th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K road race will step off this Sunday at 11 am, a benefit for the Island Affordable Housing Fund. Register for the race at the O.B. town hall or library or, Sunday, the day of the run, at the Wesley Hotel where the race will start and finish.
The 5K will be preceded by a one-mile fun run.
Good ride, good cause
Sunday was a wonderful day for a bike ride. Thirteen bikers took advantage of the weather, riding 50 miles from Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs to Edgartown to Aquinnah, where they took a break before heading back to O.B. via Vineyard Haven. First to complete the circuit was Scott Condon.
The ride was the idea of Will and John Pasquina as a fundraiser for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) which supports life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The brothers hoped to raise $5,000. They actually raised $7,600.
During the summer the brothers offered pedicab rides around Oak Bluffs, donating a portion of their donated earnings $1,700, to PMC.
One up, three down
The MVRHS boys soccer team defeated visiting Coyle & Cassidy last Thursday, 4-2. First half goals were by Linycker Souza and Felipe Freitas. Leandro Trindade scored twice in the second half.
Then the Islanders lost to Bishop Stang, 1-0, and to Westport, 4-3. The team is 4-4-1 on the season, 2-1 in the EAC.
Today, Thursday, the Islanders are at Bishop Feehan. Next home game is with Mansfield, Sunday at 1:30 pm.
Among the runners to compete in the Peak Performance Marathon at Portland, Maine, Sunday, October 3 was 57-year-old Jamie Leon of Vineyard Haven who completed the run in 3:40:01, good enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. He was 186th out of the 870 finishers.
At 489th in 4:20:17 was Lisa Belcastro, also of Vineyard Haven, good enough for 489th place.
Eighty-nine persons walked the course. The 67th walker to reach the finish line was Donna Leon of Vineyard Haven. Her time was 6:48:18.
The M.V. Squirt B team lost a squeaker to Lower Cape at the Arena last weekend, 5-4. Trailing by two in the final period, the Vineyarders scored twice to knot the count but with only 36 seconds on the clock. Lower Cape scored the winner.
The Squirt C team played well against the Barnstable Avalanche Sunday, but lost, 5-2.
M.V. scorers were Ian Trance and Colin Buckley assisted by Hunter Ponte.
Missing their goalie, Wilson Slayton filled the vacancy and blocked a peck of shots on goal. Ellie Hanjian was stalwart on defense.
Junior High Jinks
The junior high football team shut out Falmouth last Wednesday, 14-0. Tyler Paulson gave the Islanders a first-half lead with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the first quarter. John Henry O'Shaughnessy recovered a Clipper fumble in the third quarter and Spencer Schofield intercepted a Falmouth pass. Paulson scored the game's second TD in the fourth quarter and the Islanders added another two-point conversion to make the final score 14-0. Paulson finished with 85 rushing yards.
Stalwarts on defense were Joe Turney, who had four sacks and six solo tackles, and Kyle Stobie, who was credited with 10 tackles.
Falmouth suited 45 players for the game. The Vineyard had 17. The win gave the Islanders a 1-1 record on the year, after they lost their opener to Somerset 16-6.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the junior highs were home to Mashpee.
Sunday, October 11, 20th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K and one-mile fun run. Benefit of Island Affordable Housing Fund. 5K starts 11am at Wesley Hotel.
Fun run begins 10:30 am.
Sunday, October 11, the first Fall Festival Mini Golf tournament at Island Cove Adventures, Tisbury. Sign in 9 am to noon. Tee off at 1 pm. Come early, practice free.
Saturday, October 17, Cycle Martha's Vineyard sponsored by the Rotary club benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard and other Rotary charities. Riders choose 50K or 100K routes. Registration fee is $100.
Saturday, October 24, Fifth annual Birdies for Baseball charity golf tournament at Mink Meadows. Breakfast and lunch included, plus prizes. Entrance fee is $90 per player (tax deductible). Call 693-0600 to register, 989-8154 with questions. All proceeds benefit Vineyard baseball.
Sunday, November 15, Half marathon at Aquinnah.
The MVRHS field hockey team collected its fifth win at Westport, Monday, shutting out the Wildcats, 5-0.
Kate Cecilio, who is capable of dominating a game, had a hat trick in the second half assisted by Taylor Perotta, Brianna Davies and Hayley Pierce. Hayley and Lizzy Jacobs also scored. Abbe Entner was credited with an assist.
Savannah Lawson was the shutout goalie.
The team is 5-2-1 on the season and plays West Bridgewater on Thursday and Falmouth on Friday.
Coach Lisa Knight was more than pleased. "After a rash of the flu and not playing for more than a week, it was great to be back on the field."
One up, three down
Coyle and Cassidy sent its golf team to the Island on Thursday, to go putter to putter with the Vineyard team at Farm Neck. Grant McCarthy led the Islanders to a 243 to 250 win with a medalist one-over-par round of 36.
Other M.V. scorers: Mike deBettencourt (38), Serel Garvin (40), Chris Davies, Chris Morris and Alex Bilzerian (all at 43).
Falmouth visited Friday and sailed off with a 233-247 win. It was the Clippers' seventh win against three losses.
Falmouth's Connor Megan had the medalist round of 36 on the par 35 course. Both Ben Tucker and Joe McMahan carded 38.
Garvin's 38 was best for the Vineyard. Mike deBettencourt came in at 40. Carl Fiore and Chris Davies and Grant McCarthy all had 41.
Monday the Islanders hosted Dennis/Yarmouth at the Neck and finished on the short end of a 239-252 match. D/Y's Josh Moore had the medalist round of 32 on the par 35. Grant McCarthy and Chris Morris were low for the Vineyard at 39.
On Monday Bishop Feehan's golf team edged the Island's at Farm Neck, 253-258. Josh Moore's 36 was the medalist round for the Shamrocks and Elizabeth Rubino was second with 41. Mike deBettencourt and Cal Fiore were best for M.V. at 41. It was Feehan's 11th win against one loss. M.V.'s record stands at 4-7.