Martha’s Vineyard swamps Randolph on gridiron, 41-8

The Vineyarders weathered the storm and had the game well under control by the second half. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Amid sporadic downpours Friday night, the Martha’s Vineyard purple washed over the Randolph Blue Devils for a 41-8 win in the first meeting between the two teams.

Brandon Watkins rushed for three touchdowns on a rain-soaked Dan McCarthy Field, quarterback Alec Tattersall connected with Joe Turney for two scores, and Nate Horwitz completed the rout with a five-yard run.

All of the scoring was put up in the first half. The only excitement in the second 22 minutes was generated by the few hearty fans left in the stands, who let out terrified shrieks with each successive cloudburst.

The Vineyarders wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Taking advantage of two early Blue Devil turnovers, the purple took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Brandon Watkins picked off a Randolph pass, then scored on a 17-yard run. Joe Turney followed up with a 23-yard TD reception from Alec Tattersall.

In the second quarter, Turney caught a seven-yard pass in the right corner of the end zone, while Watkins scored from the five and ripped off a 53-yard touchdown run. Throw in a 50-yard catch and the senior back and receiver totaled 212 yards of offense on the night.

Alec Tattersall completed 7 of 13 passes for 123 yards, with no interceptions. Mike Cutrer was a perfect 4 for 4 on extra points.

On defense, the Vineyarders were buoyed by the return of junior linebacker Kyle Stobie, who made six tackles. Sophomore Mike Mussell snagged an interception.

With the soggy win over Randolph, the Vineyarders improved to 3-1. The team visits the Medford Mustangs next Friday night. Kickoff is at 5:30 pm.