Vineyard loses Island Cup to Nantucket

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Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s football team couldn’t keep up with the Nantucket Whalers during Saturday’s Island Cup.

Nantucket scored early and often in the first half, but the Vineyarders made a game of it in the second half.

Antone Moreis gave the Vineyarders a late touchdown, then punched in the 2-point conversion to improve the final score loss to Nantucket in the 40th Island Cup to 47-20. Moreis scored all 20 of the Vineyarders points.

The Whalers scored twice in the first four minutes of the Cup game, using a 59-yard pass play on third play from scrimmage and recovering a bad punt snap at the MVRHS 2, Devonte Usher ran it in for a 14-0 lead.

Devonte Usher ran a 51 yarder to pay-dirt giving the Whalers three TDs in five offensive plays for a 21-0 lead with 5:41 to play in the first quarter. Vineyard fumble kickoff, 1/10 at 12-yard line.

Kenan Liburd ran in the Whalers fourth TD in first quarter. The kick good. Whalers lead 28-0 with 24 ticks left in the first quarter.

The nightmare continued as Torane Burton scored a one-yard TD (pat failed for a 34-0 lead).

Finally, MVRHS got on the board when Antone Moreis took short kickoff at 27, burst up the middle and down the left sideline for a 73-yard TD. The PAT failed, but the Vineyarders closed the gap to 34-6.

MVRHS came to life in the second half, going 75 yards in five plays highlighted by a 47-yard hookup from Zach Smith to Antone Moreis for Moreis second TD. Two-point try failed to make it 34-12.

The Whalers took a short kickoff and raced down the field in five plays with Darian Duarte tossing a 13-yarder to Malique Bodden who out-leaped a defender. The kick was good to make it 41-12.

Both teams tacked on one more score for the final. The Island Cup is heading back to Nantucket on the ferry.

Earlier today

A perfect fall morning is full of footballs on Island Cup day as the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) Vineyarders and the Nantucket High School (NHS) lock up in a quartet of games involving players from elementary through high school.

The first-ever pigskin cornucopia is delighting parents and fans from both schools.

Earlier, The Purple and Whalers junior varsity teams are locked up in a 0-0 tie at halftime at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

The JV units are playing for the first time in five years in the third of four games between the schools today with the Vineyarders ball control game dominating time of possession.

In a 9:30 start, the third and fourth grade Whalers scored three late TDs to break a scoreless tie and defeat the Vineyarders 20-0 in a flag football matchup.The fifth and sixth grade flag teams are underway now with the Vineyard out to a 7-0 lead.

The stands are half-full at 11:30, two hours before the varsity teams take the field for the 40th meeting of the Island Cup. 

Lineman Brendon Pires of the Vineyarder JV’s just kicked a 30-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to defeat the Whaler JV’s 3-0 at Dan McCarthy Field.

Bedlam erupted after Pires’ boot cleared the uprights with plenty to spare and double zeros on the clock in what Purple fans hope is an omen for the varsity game in an hour.

Field goals are not the norm of JV offenses and the Vineyarder holder first lined up on the left side of the ball before being moved to the right side. Unfazed, Pires joined Island Cup lore with a perfect 30-yarder, ending a defensive struggle.