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Game #6: (October 17, 2014)
Somerset Berkley 44, Martha's Vineyard 18: The undefeated
Raiders ventured to the island and after a slow start,
unloaded on the host Vineyarders five unanswered TDs to
break open a tight game and cruise to victory.
Martha's Vineyard (1-5, 0-3 EAC) awakened the sleeping giant
when it went in for the game's first touchdown on a 30-yard
aerial from Mike Mussell to Jacob Cardoza for a 6-0 lead.
Somerset Berkley (6-0, 3-0 EAC) bounced back and tied the
game with a one-yard rush by Mark Tonucci to send the game
into the second quarter tied at 6-6.
What followed was a dominant effort by the visitors, who
scored the next four touchdowns, three by Tonucci on runs of
one, three and five yards. Joe Fingliss also had a six-yard
The Vineyard continued to battle and scored on a 60-yard
run, but a penalty against MV wiped out the play.
The Vineyarders punched in a TD on a Ben Clark 10-yard run
and later James Sashin hauled in a 6-yard scoring strike
from Mussell to complete the scoring.
Somerset Berkley won the battle of ball control, eating up a
lot of the clock on their scoring marches.
Despite being dominated by the Raiders, MV's Austin Chandler
had a monster game on defense, figuring in 19 tackles.
The Vineyarders look to get back in the win column at 1 p.m.
Saturday at Coyle & Cassidy.
Game 4: (October 10, 2014)
Vineyard gridders sack Bourne for first win, 48-14
October 11, 2014
Martha’s Vineyard won on the gridiron for the first time
this season, sinking the Bourne Canalmen 48-14 in a
non-league matchup Friday night at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak
The Vineyarders seized control of the game early, using a
quick strike offense to roll up a 35-8 halftime lead. Jacob
Cardoza ran for 129 yards on eight carries and caught three
passes for 78 yards, scoring three touchdowns; one by land
and two by air. The Vineyarders and Canalmen are both 1-4.
“We’ve come close on a couple of occasions so it’s finally
nice to get off the hump, get off the schneid,” Vineyard
coach Donald Herman said after the win. “I thought the kids
played hard. We came out early and were able to capitalize
on a few things they allowed us to do and that’s always
nice. We obviously have some things to work on but it’s
always good to get that W, especially putting up 48 points.”
The Vineyarders took the opening kickoff and quickly marched
down the field for the first score. Vineyard quarterback
Mike Mussell keyed the drive with a 28-yard strike to James
Sashin. Ben Clark followed up with a two-yard plunge for the
TD. The Vineyarders faked the extra point, with Tucker
McNeely passing to Cardoza for the two points and an 8-0
After thwarting Bourne’s opening possession, the Vineyarders
took over at the Canalmen 47, using some razzle-dazzle to
increase their lead. On first down, Jacob Cardoza took the
snap, ran left, and tossed the ball to James Sashin, who
stepped back and fired a perfect pass to Mike Mussell for
the flea-flicker touchdown. Sashin booted the extra point to
make it 15-0.
Bourne cut the lead to 15-8 following a 21-yard screen pass
and a two-point conversion.
M.V. scored again on the first play of the second quarter as
Mike Mussell passed to Jacob Cardoza for a 24-yard TD. James
Sashin’s PAT put the Vineyard up 22-8.
The points kept on coming. On the next Vineyard drive,
Mussell fired a quick pass over the middle to Cardoza, who
slashed through the Bourne defense and sprinted 51 yards to
the endzone with 6:57 left in the half.
Less than two minutes later, Andy DiMattia recovered a
fumble at the Bourne 38. Ben Clark bulled ahead for 12 yards
on first down and Curtis Farrell broke loose for a 26-yard
TD on the next play.
The Vineyarders scored twice in the second half. Jacob
Cardoza ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run down the right
sideline midway through the third quarter and Lucas
DeBettencourt chalked up his first high school touchdown
with a 1-yard run late in the fourth. Isaac Higgins set up
the final score with successive runs of 54 and nine yards.
All told, the Vineyarders piled up 421 yards of total
offense: 273 rushing and 148 passing. Mike Mussell was 4 for
4 for 101 yards, with two touchdowns and a TD catch.
Defensively, Lucas DeBettencourt had nine tackles, while
David Macias and Austin Chandler each had eight tackles and
Following the game, Coach Herman hinted at a recipe for his
team’s success. “The offense scored every quarter, so they
get pizza for that,” he said. The reward is not limited to
the offense. “If the defense gets a shutout, they get a
pizza. If special teams score, they get a pizza. Anytime you
talk food, it kind of motivates high school boys.”
Pizza and any other motivating factor will come in handy
next Friday night October 17 in the homecoming game as the
Vineyarders face perhaps their toughest test of the season:
powerful Eastern Athletic Conference rival Somerset Berkley.
“It will be a battle, Coach Herman said. “[Somerset Berkley
is] probably the best team on our schedule. In fact, I know
Game 4: (October 3, 2014)
October 6, 2014
The Martha’s Vineyard varsity football team played their
hearts out against Bishop Stang on a cold, misty night, but
they came up just short, 21-19. After trailing 7-0 at
halftime, the Vineyarders clawed their way back. The running
game was working, with Jacob Cardoza carrying the ball for
88 yards and two touchdowns and Curtis Farrell tallying 40
yards. But it was not enough. After Martha’s Vineyard scored
to cut the lead to 14-13, the Spartans blocked the extra
point. And those points would prove to be the difference in
Down 21-13 with eight minutes left, the Vineyarders went on
a last-ditch drive. Quarterback Mike Mussell scrambled and
threw his way towards the end zone, and ultimately the
Vineyarders punched it in with a one-yard run by Ben Clark.
With the score now 21-19, Martha’s Vineyard went for a
necessary two-point conversion to tie the game. But Mike
Mussell’s pass was overthrown and the conversion failed,
making the comeback incomplete.
The defense played well, though, with linebackers David
Macias and Austin Chandler combining for 27 tackles.
Martha’s Vineyard is now 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Eastern
Athletic Conference play.
Game 3 (September
September 13, 2014
Bishop Feehan 23, Martha's Vineyard 7: Martha's
Vineyard's offensive struggles continued as it opened its
Eastern Athletic Conference campaign with a loss to Bishop
Feehan in Taunton.
MV falls to 0-3 while Bishop Feehan improves to 1-3.
The game was tied 7-7 midway through the second quarter
after MV quarterback Mike Mussell teamed up with Jacob
Cardoza on a 50-yard TD pass.
The Shamrocks were able to put up a touchdown and field goal
before the half for a 17-7 lead.
The only second-half score came late, after Feehan
intercepted a Mussell pass and returned it deep into
"We need to figure something out on offense," MV coach
Donald Herman said. "Our running game is basically
non-existent. We'll do something."
Herman said the defense played very well and had three
sacks. Sophomore defensive tackle Lucas DeBettencourt again
played well. Linebackers David Macias and Ben Clark had 12
tackles each and Cardoza had a strong game at safety.
MV, which has been on the road all season, finally plays a
home game Friday night against Bishop Stang. It is the first
of three straight home games.
(Friday, September 12, 2014)
September 13, 2014
Brighton 28, Martha's Vineyard 13: The
Vineyarders found themselves trailing early in their game
against the Bengals and could never catch up to the host
club, dropping their second game of the season.
For Brighton, it was the season-opener and the Bengals
appeared ready and waiting for the island visitors.
After falling behind, 14-0, Martha's Vineyard (0-2) got back
into it with a 10-yard scoring strike from Mike Mussell to
Jacob Cardoza. James Fashin booted the extra point.
However, the host club scored on its next possession and the
Vineyarders found themselves in a 14-point hole once again.
MV got on the board again when Mussell connected on a
20-yard TD aerial to Curtis Farell.
MV is off until Sept. 27 when they open Eastern Athletic
Conference play at Bishop Feehan.
Game 1 (Friday, September 5, 2014)
September 06, 2014
Bedford 20, Martha's Vineyard 13: Vineyarders'
coach Don Herman wasn't inclined to punch a wall even though
his team lost to the Buccaneers in the non-league opener for
both teams in Bedford.
"We were down 7-0 last year at the half, "Herman said
referring to last year's 21-0 loss to the Buccaneers. "We
didn't get a first down last year against these guys until
the third quarter. We made some strides.
"There are some definite positives to take out of this.
Obviously, there are some things we have to work on.
"That's what a nonleague game is for. They're a division
above us. We fought hard and I feel better tonight than I
did at this time last year."
One positive would be the passing of quarterback Mike
Mussell, who missed much of last season due to injury.
Mussell completed 13-of-22 passes for 164 yards — including
an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ben Clark with 5:39 left in the
first half, which gave the Vineyarders a 6-0 lead at
After Bedford ran off 20 unanswered points, Mussell
engineered a 77-yard, fourth-quarter drive that culminated
with a 22 yard touchdown pass to Curtis Farrell with 2:51
When James Sashin kicked the extra point, the Vineyarders
trailed 20-13. And when they forced Bedford to punt, they
had one last chance. But a drive stalled on Bedford's 42 as
"The kids battled which was encouraging," Herman said.
"That's definitely a positive take from this. That's a very
skilled and well-coached team we played tonight.
"We had some opportunities and that's all we could look for.
We had the ball in our hands at the end of the game. There
were a couple situations, defensively, where we misaligned
and blew some responsibilities. That was the difference in
the game for us."
Blowing responsibilities was especially crucial when Bedford
fullback, Aaron Lee, had the ball in his hands.
Lee gained 273 yards and scored three touchdowns on 35
Lee's one-yard dive tied the score early in the third.
His 67-yard sprint with 2:13 left in the third gave Bedford
a 13-6 lead.
And after the Bucs recovered a fumble on the ensuing
kickoff, he dashed 35 yards for his team's final score.
"They didn't do too many things we didn't know were coming,"
Herman said. "When you don't align properly then you don't
do your job."