Despite the storm, there’s homecoming hype buzzing about the halls at MVRHS. The football team hosts Sandwich at home this weekend, while field hockey and the boys and girls soccer teams are set to defend the Island’s name against Nantucket.

Inclement weather has rescheduled many events, moving football from Friday to Saturday and the other teams’ events from Saturday to Sunday.

Homecoming fever got its engine started with a dominant triumph by the football team against Bourne Friday night. The Vineyarders won by a 34-6 margin, with a record-setting performance by Antone Moreis.

Moreis set the high school’s single-game rushing record, toasting the Canalmen for 270 yards on just 10 carries while scoring five touchdowns.

While the Vineyard’s offense trampled Bourne through four quarters of football, the team’s efforts on defense are noteworthy as well. On the first possession of the game, the Vineyard forced Bourne to punt, which the Canalmen botched, giving the Vineyarders excellent field position, setting Moreis up for his first score of the night.

Moreis’ four other touchdowns came on runs of 32, 21, 88 and 82 yards. With five TD’s he tied the MVRHS single-game record. He also happens to coincidentally, or perhaps not, don the same jersey number as the previous Vineyard record holder for rushing yards in a single game, Randall Jette.

The Vineyard defense held Bourne scoreless until the last play of the game. They stonewalled the Canalmen deep in Vineyard territory on fourth down on multiple occasions in the third and fourth quarters. Linebacker Hunter Meader led the Vineyard with seven unassisted tackles, and Braden Sayles and Josh Pinto both notched six unassisted tackles. Pinto also spilled the Bourne QB for his second sack of the season.

Kickoff for the homecoming game against divisional foe Sandwich High School is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Dan McCarthy Field in Oak Bluffs.

Sunday will be field hockey head coach Becky Nutton’s first taste of the Vineyard-Nantucket rivalry as her team hosts an evenly matched Nantucket squad. After weather prevented the girls from traveling to Sturgis West on Wednesday, they’ll be rested and ready to take on the Whalers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

Girls soccer was also dealt a similar hand this week as their match Wednesday against Coyle & Cassidy high school was postponed due to rough seas preventing the boats from running. On Tuesday they fell to the Dennis-Yarmouth Dolphins 3-1. But with nearly a full week to prepare for the Whalers, the girls will be ready to battle a Nantucket team that they’re currently neck-and-neck in the standings with. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Boys soccer is riding high off of a two-game winning streak where goalkeeper Hiaggo Goncalves has been lights out, allowing zero goals in both home victories, the first of which came against Barnstable Saturday night under the lights of Dan McCarthy Field. The Vineyard’s defense was mostly impenetrable against Barnstable’s lobbing, header-seeking attack, and produced opportunities of their own with long passes to their speedy forwards along the sides of the pitch.

The Vineyard scored the only goal of the evening on a penalty kick by Adam Knight with just under fifteen and a half minutes left to play. Knight beat the Barnstable keeper on a shot to the right, and after some emphatic defense in the final minutes to hold off their visiting adversaries, the Vineyard emerged victorious.

Tuesday afternoon the boys blanked the D-Y Dolphins 3-0 at home to pull themselves within one win of evening their record. The Vineyarders’ offense got a boost with the return of Luidi DeOliveira, who served a two-game suspension following the ruckus that ensued against Brockton the previous weekend. DeOliveira scored twice in the first half of play, and the Vineyard dominated possession in the second, paving the road to victory.

“We played well, we’ve been talking about controlling the initiative and creating plays vs. reacting to them,” Coach John Walsh said. “And I thought our style was great today, we had some really nice possessions and passing combinations. Our running off of the ball was great. If we can play like we did today we can be successful going forward. Nantucket is usually solid, but it’s one of those games where previous records go out the window and on any given Sunday anything can happen.”

The starting whistle on Sunday is set for 12:30 p.m.

The boys cross country team notched another victory in their undefeated season Tuesday against Sandwich. Peter Burke led the Vineyard charge to victory at the 3.1 mile East Sandwich course, finishing in 17:04. Isaac Richards beat out Matt Pigott of Sandwich for second place by two seconds, finishing in 17:32.

The girls came up just short against an undefeated Sandwich squad. Eloise and Adrianne Christy finished in second and third place behind Emma Eastman of Sandwich. They were followed by four Blue Knights and three Vineyarders, giving the edge to higher-finishing Sandwich.

Both cross country squads were set to host Nantucket on Saturday but the meets have been postponed. Next up is an away race on Tuesday, Oct. 15 against Barnstable.

The golf team, after clinching a playoff birth last week, is looking for a strong finish to their season after falling to Sandwich, one of the top five teams in the division, by five strokes on Tuesday. With tomorrow’s match against Barnstable likely to be postponed due to weather, they have only Cape Tech to play before gearing up for the postseason.

After a homecoming weekend, the next big home game will be the Island Cup, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.