The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School varsity football team lost 3-0 on Sunday afternoon to Bishop Feehan in a game that was re-scheduled from Friday night due to heavy rain and high winds.

Dressed in festive purple, fans wore hats, gloves and large blankets to shield them from the cold wind leftover from last week’s storm.

“It was a nail biter,” said one fan at the end of the first half, after the Vineyard reclaimed the ball with about two minutes left following a pass interference call on Bishop Feehan, but was unable to capitalize.

Coach Don Herman, long a fixture on the sidelines, will retire after this year. — Alison L. Mead

The skies opened up in the second half, and although the cheerleaders called on the players to “Go! Fight! Win!” neither team found the end zone in the second half. Bishop Feehan’s lone field goal, kicked by senior Josh Cayer late in the second quarter, proved to be enough for the visiting team.

“I’m in my 28th year of coaching, and by far that ranks up as one of the best overall defensive efforts in a game since I’ve been here,” said Coach Donald Herman after the game. “We held a very talented team to just three points. It easily could have been a 0-0 overtime game.”

The team welcomed a strong performance from senior linebacker Austin Chandler, who was back on the field after recovering from a knee injury, leading the defense with 15 tackles.

Overall, the Vineyarders held the opposition to less than 50 yards of total offense, and forced three turnovers.

This Friday, the Vineyarders travel to North Dartmouth to face the Bishop Stang Spartans.