Mustangs corralled and branded in homecoming triumphs

Andrew Freitas provided a powerful escort for Ryan Fisher on this run against Medford, in Friday's homecoming win. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Friday’s bone-chilling, formidable wind could not cool the ardor of the Martha’s Vineyard varsity and junior varsity football teams and their loyal fans, at Dan McCarthy Field. Not only did both MV teams win their homecoming games with the visiting Mustangs of Medford, each did it by holding the visitors scoreless.

In the JV game, Adonis Camby scored the first two touchdowns and Mike Mussell shoveled a pass to Nate Horwitz for a two-point conversion making it 15-0.

The Vineyard succeeded in covering an on-side kick and they were in business again, this time scoring on a 40-yard pass play from Mussell to Camby. Again Camby’s kick was good and it was 22-0.

Spencer Schofield intercepted a Mustang pass to set up the Vineyard’s final score as Tayman Brown carried into the endzone. The final score: MV 28, Medford 0.

Most impressive was the strong passing arm of Mussell and the broken field running of Adonis Camby (and his consistent extra-point kicking). Certainly the MV defensive line which, outnumbered and outweighed, kept Medford bottled up and out of the end zone, deserves credit.

The Varsity Rag

The Medford varsity won the toss of the coin and elected to receive. Unable to move the ball enough for a first down, the Mustangs punted to the MV 23. Eight plays later, Delmont Araujo burst into the end zone from one yard out to put the Vineyard ahead and, as it turned out, ahead to stay.

From their own 20-yard line, the Mustangs failed to advance the ball more than one yard in three tries and punted ten yards to the 30. Two runs, by Turney and Fisher ate up the yardage and MV was up by two TDs, 14-0.

Helped by some less-than-stellar play by the Islanders, the Mustangs managed to get as close to pay dirt as the MV 2 yard line, but no more, and at the break, the score held at 14-0.

The Vineyard received the second half kick-off and began to march goalward on their own 35. Two runs by Fisher gained a first down to the Medford 35. Joe Turney advanced the line of scrimmage to the Medford nine, from where Delmont Araujo carried the ball into the end zone. Fisher kicked an extra point and it was 21-0, the final score.

Of course, it was an all-out team effort, but the leadership of Delmont Araujo was a key. He ran for 74 yards and scored twice. Ryan Fisher rushed for 60 yards, scored a TD, and kicked an extra point.

The MV defensive line stopped Medford and held them scoreless. Michael Montanile, who has been solid throughout the season was, again, outstanding.

Pleased with his team’s efforts, Coach Donald Herman was especially gratified that “we came out of the game healthy unlike last year’s game with Nauset.”