Island Cup

Island Rivalry: Football Team Battles for Cup On Nantucket

 
Saturday’s game for the Island Cup is one of the most-storied high school rivalries in the country, and the defining moment for a Vineyard culture that flourishes for three months every year.
 
But unlike the shedding trees or shrinking afternoons that mark the end of what is arguably one of the nicest times of year on the Island, football season goes out with a bang.
 
This year, the explosion takes place on Nantucket, as the 8-1 Vineyarders battle the 6-3 Whalers to keep possession of the Cup and represent the Mayflower League at the S

Vineyard Crushes Weak Nantucket Team On the Road to State Super Bowl Final

 
The Cup is home.
 
Sparked by the spirited play of junior Jeff Lynch and his two touchdowns, the Martha’s Vineyard football squad recaptured the Island Cup last Saturday, defeating Nantucket 38-12. The win marked the end of the Vineyarders’ perfect 10-0 regular season and secured them a spot in the Division 5 Super Bowl on Dec. 4 at Boston University.
 
In a game dominated by the Vineyard, Lynch was the standout. He returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown, scored on a four-yard run and blocked two punts.

Vineyard Loses Nantucket Heartbreaker

 
As Vineyard coach Don Herman arrived at Nantucket’s football field carrying the Island Cup last Saturday, a couple of fans wearing Nantucket sweatshirts jokingly offered to take it from him. Coach Herman smiled politely, clutched the Cup a little tighter, and kept walking.
 
Nantucket’s team was finally able to wrest the Cup from the coach’s grasp, but it took all 40 minutes of the game to do so.

Big Win Sends Vineyard to Super Bowl

 
They completed an 11-0 season. They are league champions. And they have already danced with a trophy over their heads in front of a home crowd. Yet, there is still one element needed before the Vineyard high school football team can call this a perfect season. 
 
A Super Bowl victory.
 
By recapturing the Island Cup on Saturday with a 21-8 win over the Nantucket Whalers, the Vineyard clinched the Mayflower Large league title and an invitation to the Division 5 Super Bowl. On Dec.

Vineyard’s Narrow Loss to Nantucket Is Tantalizing Tale of What Might Have Been

 
NANTUCKET - If not for a couple of yards, it might have been a game for the ages, recounted in coffee haunts, barber shops and summer barbecues for generations to come.
 
But when Martha’s Vineyard high school quarterback Mike Snowden fumbled the ball in overtime on the Nantucket two-yard line Saturday, another great Island Cup showdown was over and the Whalers escaped with a 13-7 win.
 
This was a bizarre, hard-fought game with more strange twists than an Elmore Leonard thriller.
 
Trailing 7-0, the Vineyard sent the

Superbowl-Bound Nantucket Football Team Defeats the Vineyard

They came, they saw, they squished.

Using their clumsy "Squish the Grapes" battle cry, the Nantucket Whalers rumbled into Oak Bluffs Saturday and pounded the Martha's Vineyard high school football team 30-13 in a predictable, impressive triumph. The victory before 2,500 Island fans marked the third consecutive Island Cup win for the Super Bowl-bound Whalers.

Vineyard Loses to Strong Nantucket Team; Islanders End Season with Proud 7-3 Record

NANTUCKET - The Vineyard football team wasn't even supposed to be here, the gridiron gods tell us. They weren't supposed to be playing for the Island Cup, the Mayflower League conference title and a Super Bowl berth versus Nantucket. Heck, they were supposed to be playing for third place.

But here the Vineyard was, on a warm Saturday in Whaler country, and they ran smack into an oncoming train. Nantucket powered its way to a 23-7 win, providing a dose of reality to the Vineyarders' overachieving 7-3 season.

Remembering the Greatest Game of All

Depending on whom you talk to, what happened on Nantucket in November of 1992 is like a pleasant dream or a recurring nightmare.

"It was my worst loss ever in 31 years," exclaims Nantucket head football coach Vito Capizzo.

"It was my biggest win," says Vineyard coach Donald Herman.

Spirited Footballers Suffer Narrow Loss

The memories of last Saturday will be tough to erase: the Nantucket Whal­ers, with coach Vito Capizzo on their shoulders, hoisting the Island Cup for all the Vineyard to see. The visitors cel­ebrating a 7-6 victory that took the Cup, the league championship, a slot in the Division 5 Super Bowl, and Mr. Capizzo’s 200th career triumph. “Right in your back yard!” a Nan­tucket player screams. “We took it away from you right in your back yard.”
 
What will make this memory so hard to forget is how close it came to being the other way.

Countdown to a Comeback: Five Minutes of Winning Football

Things looked bleak for Martha's Vineyard when Aaron Fox's one-yard touchdown plunge spotted Nantucket a 12-0 lead with 4:46 left. The Whalers had controlled the game from the opening drive, pounding the Vineyard with a balanced running and passing attack. Once again Nantucket attempted a two-point conversion; they were foiled by Mike Dowd's crunching hit on the goal line. The Whalers' inability to score extra points left a window for the Comeback, albeit a very small one.

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