The football team’s second home game of the season is tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Vineyarders play Randolph.
Home field action continues over the weekend, with the still-undefeated field hockey team playing Pembroke at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday and girls’ soccer taking on Bishop Feehan under the lights at 6 p.m.
Boys’ soccer takes on league opponent Somerset on Tuesday at 3 p.m., while cross country hosts Bishop Feehan on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Head coach Donald Herman was hard-pressed to recall another time in his career when the Vineyarders have staged a 37-point second-half comeback, but that’s exactly what happened last Friday night when the team traveled to Brighton. The Vineyarders came away with a 45-38 win to move their season record to 2-1.
Down 16-0 after the first quarter, the Vineyard made its first move on senior quarterback Alec Tattersall’s touchdown pass to senior Stuart Hersh. Senior Brandon Watkins made the two-point conversion to move the score to 16-8, but Brighton responded immediately; the team was down 22-8 at the start of the second half.
The second half was a bit like a heavyweight fight, Coach Herman said, filled with punches and counterpunches. Brighton “had the ability to score at will,” but the Vineyard offense was able to rally and return the favors. Tattersall turned in three more touchdown passes and contributed a one-yard sneak of his own, while senior Doug Andrade rushed 49 yards for a touchdown. Senior Brandon Watkins and junior Joe Turney each had a two-point conversion. Senior Mike Cutrer kicked three extra points for the team.
In another first of Coach Herman’s career, the team missed the last ferry — despite moving the game’s start time up a half an hour — and had to take the Patriot boat back to the Vineyard.
The girls remain unbeaten going into their second month of play, having picked up three more wins this week. Last Thursday, the team traveled to Needham, where they took a 2-0 win. Kendall Robinson scored on an assist from junior Issy Smith, and assisted on the Vineyard’s second goal, a Taylor Poggi score.
On Saturday, Robinson again landed the first Vineyard goal, on an assist from Alex Clark, and notched the assist on Kat Dorr’s goal. She continued her formidable run on Tuesday in the team’s game against then-undefeated West Bridgewate; both of the Vineyard goals were Robinson’s. The senior captain is “having a banner year,” head coach Lisa Knight told the Gazette, and leads the league in scoring.
Senior goalkeeper Kathryn Antonssen has also been “stellar” this season, Coach Knight said. Antonssen is also first in the league; only five goals have been scored against her all season.
“It’s game by game,” Coach Knight said, “And I just think they want it so bad, and they’re a really close-knit group of girls . . . and it’s great.”
Scores from the team’s Thursday game against Westport were unavailable at press time.
The boys’ team took fifth place in a field of 35 schools at the annual Manchester Invitational meet in New Hampshire last Saturday, with senior Michael Schroeder placing 21st overall in a field of 252 with a time of 17:13 Senior Cooper Chapman and junior Kyle Joba-Woodruff finished within seconds of one another to take 34th (17:35) and 36th (17:39), respectively. Senior Sam Oslyn also placed in the top 50, running a 17:47 to take 44th place. Sophomore Isaiah Maynard and Jeremy Alley-Tarter rounded out the varsity finishers with their times of 18:03 and 18:33, respectively.
The Vineyard girls were led by sophomore Julia Neville, who placed 44th with a time of 21:42. The team placed 20th of 30 teams in the small schools division. Sophomore Willoe Maynard turned in a time of 23:12, while senior Hannah Moore and junior Lilly Neville ran 23:33 and 23: 42, respectively. Sophomore Phoebe Dandaneau (25:29) and junior Lucy Norris (26:17) rounded out the varsity squad.
The team took a 0-0 draw against visiting Bishop Stang on Tuesday, despite outpacing their opponents in shots on goal. Last Thursday, the Vineyarders picked up a 1-0 win over league opponent Coyle Cassidy.
Evandro Medici, freshman Noah Kleinhenz and senior captains Rodrigo Honorato and Jack Roberts share a three-way tie for second-place in scoring in the Eastern Athletic Conference. Senior goalkeeper Jackson McBride is in second place in saves percentage.
The Vineyarders took two 1-0 losses in league play this week, but head coach Richard Bennett said he was nevertheless impressed by the team’s play during Tuesday’s away game against Bishop Stang, a historically strong team.
“I thought we were pretty evenly played in the first half,” Coach Bennett said. “We really held our own.”
Middle School Track Meet
Junior high athletes from all five Island schools gathered at the regional high school last Friday for the annual track meet. Edgartown, Tisbury and West Tisbury competed in a tri-meet, while Oak Bluffs and the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School faced off in a dual meet.
The Edgartown boys scored 52 points to win their meet, with John Gonsalves turning in winning performances in the long jump (13’1”), 100 metre-dash (13.8 seconds), and hurdles (17.3 seconds). Gabriel Bellebuono of West Tisbury also picked up three victories, placing first in the discus (82’8”) and mile (6:18) and narrowly edging out Edgartown’s Dan Gaines in the 200 metres for the win. Dan placed first in the shot put with a throw of 29’1”. The West Tisbury team scored 44 points to take second overall. Owen Porterfield was the lone scorer for the Tisbury School, placing third in the 100 metres.
Oak Bluffs scored 47 points on the boys’ side for the win, despite Ricardo Andrade of the charter school taking first in three events (long jump, 100 metres, and hurdles). Harrison Dorr, Nevin Wallis, Aviaras Gedvilas and Garrett Zellinger turned in a strong showing to represent the down-Island Blazers.
The Oak Bluffs School took a second win in the girls’ meet, with Julia Bettencourt placing first in the shot put and discus and Natalia Lakis taking victoriesi in the 100 metres and 200 metres. Chloe Loftfield of the Charter School took first in the long jump with a 12-foot leap, while Autumn Richards was first in the hurdles by just .07 seconds.
In the tri-meet, the West Tisbury girls dominated the day with 66 points overall. Edgartown placed second with 22 points, while Tisbury was third with 12 points. Livy Smith of West Tisbury took first place in the hurdles and long jump, while teammate Juniper Ezanno picked up wins in the 100 metres and shot put. Juniper’s throw of 19’8” was just one inch ahead of Julia Regan of the Edgartown School; Julia placed first in the discus. Rose Capobianca of West Tisbury took first in the 200 metres by .11 seconds over Tisbury’s Amanda Bernard. The Hawks girls swept the mile, with Madison McBride, Mary McCarthy, and Maggie Mayhew going 1-2-3.