The Vineyarders were on the wrong end of an offensive shootout during Saturday’s home game against the Brighton Bengals, falling 60-41.
The Vineyard jumped on the board first after senior back Joe Turney rushed for a five-yard touchdown, but Brighton answered with a score of its own on a 60 yard pass from quarterback Jalen Applewhite to Michael Derdus. Applewhite and Derdus connected twice more for touchdowns in the remainder of the game. Vineyard quarterback Mike Mussell had four touchdown passes of his own, connecting with Turney and senior Andrew Carroll in the first half. Mussell notched 238 passing yards in the game.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with Brighton leading by just one point, 30-29, as the third quarter began. But despite two more Vineyard touchdowns, including an impressive Mussell pass to senior Deshawn James, the Bengals pulled ahead and closed the game after an 80-yard touchdown run with a minute left in the game.
The Vineyard is now 0-2 and travels to Randolph on Friday.
Home contests for field hockey and boys’ soccer proved more successful. Field hockey shut out visiting Ursuline Academy 2-0, with juniors Aubrey Ashmun and Alex Clark scoring for the Vineyard. Junior Sydney Davies landed an assist.
Field hockey is now 2-1 on the season. They host Bishop Stang at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and West Bridgewater at 3 p.m on Thursday.
Soccer drew 0-0 with Nauset in the teams' second meeting of the season. Strong goalkeeping on both sides kept the game scoreless, and Vineyard goalie Ben Wadleigh secured his second shutout of the season. Nauset is always a challenge for the team, head coach Damon Burke said, because their style of play is the exact opposite of the Vineyard's.
Boys' soccer is now 1-0-2. They play Somerset Berkley at home on Tuesday, and host Dennis-Yarmouth on Thursdy. Game time for both matches is 3 p.m.
For more photos of the games, see the gallery Saturday Afternoon Sports.