Matt Costello scored the second jayvee touchdown on a 16 yard run. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Blue Hills leveled
The Martha's Vineyard Regional varsity football team began its Mayflower league season with a smash-mouth win at Canton, outlasting the Warriors of Blue Hills, 26-22. The purple scored 20 points in the second quarter, then added another touchdown in the third.
At the half the Islanders were up 20-14.
The game began with the Warriors marching 60 yards for a touchdown on 11 running plays. They ran again for a two-point conversion.
The Islanders, on the other hand, began with a three-and-out first possession.
The Vineyard's first score came on the third play of the second quarter, a five-yard run by Josh Paulson, set up by a 40-yard dash by David Amabile.
Tyler Hathaway ran untouched for two points for an 8-8 tie. Zach Coutinho's kickoff put the Warriors in a hole on their one-foot line. They managed to move to the 11 before having to punt. Terrell Johnson returned the ball to the Blue Hills 25 from where Amabile ran to the five, then ran again into the end zone.
It has been hard to run against the Vineyard all year. The Warriors did it better than most.
Coutinho's kick for the extra point caromed off the goal post. MV14, Blue Hills 8.
The Warriors put together another drive, this one 88 yards in 10 plays, to tie the score at 14. The attempt to pass for extra points failed.
With time running out in the first half, Josh Paulson returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards, restoring the Purple's six-point lead.
On their second possession of the third quarter, the Vineyard moved from their eight, with Paulson and Amabile carrying the mail, to the Blue Hills 10. From there Alan Fortes bulled his way into the end zone.
That ended the Vineyard scoring.
After David Amabile intercepted a pass, then had the ball stripped on the MV 12-yard line, the Warriors pushed across the game's final TD. M.V. 26, B.H. 22
The game ended with the ball on the Blue Hills 11 in possession of the Islanders.
Jayvees level Blue Hills
Monday the Blue Hills junior varsity visited and left on the short end of a 20-8 final score.
The Warriors had first possession of the ball and ran for 15 yards on their first play from scrimmage. But then they were stopped and kicked to the Vineyard 40 from where Eric Dolliver ran 60 yards on the Islanders' first play. Nick Billingham passed to Matt Costello for an extra two points.
On the next set of downs, the Islanders recovered a Blue Hills fumble on the Warriors' 35. Four plays later Costello ran 16 yards for the second M.V. touchdown. It was 14-0 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Blue Hills put together an 80-yard drive in seven plays for their only touchdown and added a two-point conversion. M.V. responded by going 65 yards in seven plays with Marcus Hopkins scoring the TD.
Head coach Ryan Ruley was pleased with his team's performance, giving special mention to the offensive line and its coach Phil Hughes.
Rachel Schubert battles a Warrior to orchestrate a run upfield.
The Vineyard boys varsity soccer team sampled the bitter smack of defeat for the first time this year, losing to perennially strong Greater New Bedford Vocational at New Bedford last Wednesday, 1-0.
Sophomore Andre Medeiros scored the only goal midway through the first half.
Friday, the Islanders were shut out at Seekonk, 1-0, despite outstanding play by Ben Post and Adam Herman. MV's record stands at 11-2-2, 10-2-2 in the South Coast Conference.
Nica Sylvia's two goals, one on a penalty kick, led the Vineyard girls soccer team to a 4-0 defeat of Greater New Bedford Tech, here, Wednesday. Also scoring were Alaina Aristide and Erin Morris. Alaina also had an assist.
Christina Wiley and Rachel Schubert earned plaudits from coach MacDonald.
Alexia Schroeder fends off a Seekonk challenger.
The girls won by the same 4-0 score, Friday, versus Seekonk. Rachel Schubert and Alexia Schroeder did the honors with an assist to Nica Sylvia. Jocelyn Andrade merited kudos for defensive play.
The Vineyard girls are 6-8-1 on the year, 5-8-1 in the Conference.
The MVRHS junior varsity girls soccer team, coached by Amy Maciel, defeated Fairhaven here, Wednesday, Oct. 4, on goals by Meagan Gouldrup, assisted by Bethany Pennington, and Catherine Spain, unassisted.
Kia Minor was the shutout goalie.
The following Friday the girls were themselves shut out, losing to Old Rochester, 2-0. Keeper Minor "must have made 30 saves," Coach Maciel said.