Junior Jacob Cardoza rushed for three touchdowns and sophomore Luke DeBettencourt scored his first varsity touchdown in the Vineyard football team's 48-14 defeat of visiting Bourne Friday night. The win was the first of the season for the Vineyarders, who are now 1-4.
After last week's narrow 21-19 loss to Bishop Stang, the team was "disappointed, but not down," head coach Donald Herman said. "They [came] to practice, and they worked to get better--I like the mental approach of this team."
Junior Ben Clark put the first Vineyard points on the board during Friday's game, scoring early in the first quarter. A two-point conversion attempt was successful, and the Vineyard defense took over shortly after, forcing a Bourne turnover on downs and setting up an nifty 47-yard fleaflicker play that saw quarterback Mikey Mussell score on a pass from sophomore James Sashin. Sashin then kicked the extra point to put the Vineyard up 15-0.
Though Bourne scored before the start of the second quarter, a long Isaac Higgins runs set up a Mussell-Cardoza connection for the Vineyard's third tourchdown. Sashin's kick was good, and the Vineyard was up 22-8. The defense again forced a turnover on downs, and Mussell launched a pass to Cardoza on the next play. Cardoza outpaced his Bourne defenders to set his team ahead 28-8, prompting the A/V booth to cue up the University of Georgia (a nod to Coach Herman's Southern roots) fight song.
The fight song was played again not long after when junior Curtis Farrell made a 32-yard run into the end zone after a fumble recovery by junior Andy DiMattia put the ball back in Vineyard hands. A huge stop by senior Spencer Schofield kept Bourne's scoring hopes in check; the Vineyard closed the half ahead 35-8.
Bourne made its final touchdown midway through the third quarter, which the Vineyard answered on its next drive after two runs by Cardoza.
Sophomore Lucas DeBettencourt capped the night with his first varsity touchdown, scoring at the close of the fourth quarter to secure the Vineyard win.
The team hosts league opponent Somerset- Berkley next Friday for Homecoming. Somerset is typically the strongest squad the Vineyarders face each year, and Coach Herman said this year would be no different.
In picture, the Vineyarders celebrate after junior Curtis Farrell's touchdown run.