Cape Tech's James Hamilton had a field day, racking up his 20th TD of the season on this 72-yard run. Photos by Ralph Stewart
Saturday's football game (postponed from Friday due to the weather) with Cape Tech-Harwich was a case of too much James Hamilton. The Crusaders' 190-pound halfback did everything. He kicked. He punted. He blocked. He tackled, He ran and ran and ran. "He must have run a thousand yards," head coach Donald Herman told The Times.
Cape Tech scored on its first possession, after starting on their own 29-yard line. With a third and four, Hamilton broke free and ran to the Vineyard's 10-yard line from where Mike Hamilton passed to Jose Ortiz for the TD. John Estey's kick made it 7-0.
The game was less than three minutes old.
Late in the second quarter the Vineyard drove 44 yards with Alan Fortes carrying the ball into the end zone. After a high snap, Zach Coutinho's PAT kick was high and short.
At the half it was Cape Tech 7, Vineyard 6.
In the third quarter, M.V. moved the ball from their own 25 to the Cape Tech 23 on nine plays, aided by a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike behavior.
The Crusaders took over on downs. Hamilton ran for five yards. On the next play he broke tackles and ran 72 yards for the TD. Esty's kick was good again and the score was 14-6.
Early in the fourth quarter, Hamilton ran 46 yards for another TD, but the play was canceled by a clipping penalty.
With time running out, Hamilton scored a third TD, this time from short range, and Estey's kick made it 21-6.
It seemed to this observer that Cape Tech had done its scouting homework and decided to key on David Amabile.
On the bright side, the Vineyard demonstrated more of a passing game than it had before. The Mike McCarthy to Cliff Ibarrondo connection was especially promising.
Jayvees at Harwich
Monday, the 22-boy junior varsity squad, all but three of whom are freshmen, played the Cape Tech-Harwich junior varsity, which listed mostly sophomores and a juniors, at Harwich. The game ended in a 14-14 tie.
Eric Dolliver scored on two long touchdown runs and Steve Handy passed to Matt Costello for a two-point conversion. Jacob Ferry contributed two interceptions and D.J. Kaeka was a bull on defense.
Head coach Ryan Ruley was more than pleased with his team's performance, and credits his coaching assistants for jobs well done.
Eric Bryant leaves the Red Raiders in his wake on a 20-yard sweep to the end zone.
Junior high gridders blast Barnstable
The Vineyard defense forced three turnovers to key a 24-point third quarter, overturning a 6-0 halftime deficit en-route to a 24-6 win at Dan McCarthy Field Tuesday.
Danny Reed forced a fumble on the first play of the second half and Maxwell Moreis recovered to get the Purple momentum rolling. Luke Dunlop scored the first TD on a sweep left and Michael Araujo tacked on the two point conversion for an 8-6 M.V. lead.
Delma Araujo gobbled up another fumble on the next Barnstable series. Eric Bryant rushed in from 20 yards out and Cole Bilodeau added the two-pointer to increase the margin to 16-6.
A Luke Dunlop interception set up the third M.V. TD on a quarterback keeper from Mike Araujo. Eric Bryant swept left for two more points to sink the Red Raiders for good.
Zoe Fisher gets the jump on a Bulldog defender.
Old Rochester showed why they are top dogs in the South Coast Conference by blanking the host Vineyarders 3-0 Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs pressed the attack relentlessly in the first half and staked out a 2-0 lead on goals from Cristi Pineda with 12:31 left and Cat Collins seven minutes later.
M.V. responded with characteristic grit and determination in the second half, rolling up three corners, two long hits, and a few near misses in the crease, but to no avail. ORR slammed the door with a Jess Hinman goal eight minutes from time. The Vineyard record stands at 8-6-2.
All was not lost for the home school, however, as the jayvee squad sent the Bulldogs home licking their wounds from a 2-0 defeat.