Vineyard loses 3-0 to rivals Bishop Feehan on a field goal

In a defensive struggle, the Island football team was unable to put the ball over the scoreline.

Joshua Cayer boots the ball through the uprights late in the first half to give Bishop Feehan all the points they would need in a 3-0 win. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Bishop Feehan beat the Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team 3-0 Sunday afternoon in an Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) football game postponed from Friday night due to weather. Both defenses played outstanding games, and kept the opposing offenses frustrated while at the same time forcing turnovers and punts.

The Vineyard struggled on offense, and was held without a first down until 5:30 left in the second quarter. Bishop Feehan had some early success with its running game, but the Vineyard defense stayed strong and refused to give up a big play.

Late in the first half, Feehan’s Joshua Cayer kicked what would prove to be the game-winning 26-yard field goal. Not that the Vineyarders did not have a chance to go ahead: With 2:20 left in the fourth quarter, Zach Moreis tackled Feehan quarterback Matthew Everton and forced a fumble, giving Martha’s Vineyard the ball near midfield. Feehan quickly took the ball back, though, when Benjamin Goslin stepped in front of Jacob Cardoza to intercept a pass. The Shamrocks then got a first down and ran out the clock, ending the game.

Linebacker Austin Chandler, in his first game back from injury, led the stellar Vineyard defense with 15 tackles. Ben Clark and Zach Moreis each recovered a fumble, while Jacob Cardoza nabbed an interception.

The Vineyard is now 2-2 overall, and 1-1 in the EAC. They play next at Bishop Stang on Friday night.