Jette-powered Vineyard overwhelms Cape Tech


Martha’s Vineyard won the toss of the coin prior to the football game with Cape Tech, Saturday, at Harwich, and chose to receive the kickoff.

The Crusaders tried an onside kick, which Mike Araujo covered on the MV 40-yard line. Brian Montambault picked up two yards on the first play, then broke away for 30 to the Cape Tech 29. Randolph Jette’s lateral to Costello lost seven yards, some of which was recovered by Montambault on the Tech 34. Randall Jette scored the game’s first touchdown with one of his patented runs, breaking some tackles, avoiding others.

It had taken five plays to traverse 62 yards for the score. Dhonathan Lemos’ kick added the extra point

Chris Costello intercepted Cape Tech’s first-down pass and the Islanders were back on offense from the Cape Tech 35. Six plays later, including a 14-yard pass from Jette to Costello, Montambault plunged into the end zone from the Tech two-yard line. The extra point attempt failed.

Cape Tech lost possession on their second play when the Vineyarders covered a dropped lateral on the Crusaders 18. Jette’s pass failed to connect with Van Gerven, but runs by Costello, Montambault, and Tyler Araujo advanced the ball to the Cape Tech one-yard line. Montambault was chosen for the honor of scoring. He also carried for the two-point conversion and the score was 21-0 in the first quarter.

The Cape’s next possession was aided by an MV facemask penalty. Even so, they were unable to cross the midfield stripe. A punt gave the Islanders the ball on their own 10-yard line. Jette’s pass to David Andrews netted 32 yards. Three plays later his pass to Van Gerven was good for 64 yards and the fourth MV TD. Lemos’ kick made the score 28-0.

That would be the score at the half. Not that there was a lack of action. For instance, Jette returned a punt 60 yards for an apparent touchdown, but an illegal block canceled it.

At the end of the third quarter Jette broke free for another scoring long-gainer, this one good for 39 yards. Lemos’ toe made it 35-0.

The only points in the fourth quarter were posted by Cape Tech covering 65 yards in 10 plays, climaxed by a 12-yard pass to Keith Hannon in the end zone.

Randall Jette, elected homecoming “king” by his schoolmates a week before, finished the game with 122 yards rushing, 160 yards passing. He passed for two TDs and rushed for another. If that’s not a Royal Romp we don’t know what is.