A year after the Bourne football team hopped on the ferry and handed Martha’s Vineyard a lopsided loss, the Vineyarders came to the mainland and returned the favor.
Visiting the Canalmen in an out-of-conference showdown on Friday, October 4, the island team ran wild on the Bourne defense to the tune of a 34-6 win.
Sophomore running back Antone Moreis rushed for 274 yards and tallied five touchdowns—with impressive runs of 89 yards and 84 yards, respectively, in the second half—to lead MV to victory. The sturdy runner did a little of everything, also playing defensive back, kicking the extra points and even taking snaps under center on offense.
For the Canalmen, finding some rhythm on offense looked nearly impossible in the first half. Bourne had three punts and two turnover on downs over the first two quarters. Operating out of a double-tight, double-wing formation, the Canalmen began to pick up positive yardage in the second half after trailing 28-0.
Freshman quarterback Joseph Carrara gained confidence as the game progressed. He completed four of six passes in the second half for 100 yards and a touchdown after failing to record a completion in the first half. He hooked up with junior Brady Fitzgerald for 28 yards but had an obvious connection with senior Logan Hawkes. The first-year player hauled in three receptions for 72 yards.
On the final play in the game, Carrara rolled out to left and lofted a ball deep down the left seam. Hawkes reached up and grabbed the ball around a number of MV defenders and rumbled his way into the end zone for the Canalmen score.
Carrara also had an interception on defense in what was a breakout game for the freshman. Junior running back Ryan O’Connor racked up the most rushing yards on the team with 42 on seven carries.
Hawkes successfully converted an onside kick attempt to open the second half, which was recovered by Justin McHugh. McHugh also had a sack on defense while Nick Santucci recovered a fumble.
Up next, Bourne continues its South Coast Conference-Small schedule when the team hits the road to meet Fairhaven on Friday, October 11. The Blue Devils (1-4) are coming off a 42-6 road loss to Case last week before scoring a 32-22 home win against Wareham. Last season Bourne put up a 47-19 win against Fairhaven at Jackson Field.
The Canalmen are looking for its first conference of the season, on top of their first win, after losses to Wareham and Case. The Bourne offense has sputtered out of the gates this season, as they’ve scored more than one touchdown in just one game so far. But there was an obvious progression out of Carrara under center as he grows more and more comfortable playing at the high school level. Fairhaven is averaging 15.4 points on offense and are allowing 37.2 points on defense. Bourne is averaging 8.5 points on offense and are allowing 30 points on defense. Against both Case and Wareham, the Canalmen were outscored 59-22—11 more points than the Blue Devils were outscored by both teams, 64-38.
THE PICK: Fairhaven 27, Bourne 14—Blue Devils running back Owen Cebula will present similar challenges for the Canalmen defense that Moreis brought with the Vineyard. Missed tackles will lead to big scoring plays, but Bourne has shown they can come up with a big plays on that side of the ball to keep themselves in it.