It wasn’t perfect, but it was more than just good enough.
The Sandwich High School football team traveled to Martha’s Vineyard last Friday afternoon to secure a convincing victory over the Vineyarders for their second straight win. SHS is now 2-1 for the season after picking up their second blowout victory in a row, taking t his one by a 28-0 score over the islanders.
“I feel like we’re starting to jell now,” Coach Matt McLean said after the game. “It’s always nice to walk away from any game giving up a goose egg.”
Sandwich’s defense was excellent all game long to post that zero on the board against the home team. Not only did the Sandwich D not allow any points, but they also put the first touchdown of the game on the scoreboard for their side.
Following a turnover on offense deep in MV’s end of the field, the Sandwich defense responded with perhaps the game’s biggest play. Linebacker Connor Coutinho scooped up a fumble from the Vineyard’s five-yard line and took it across the goal line in the first quarter to help his team to a 7-0 lead.
“That got us us going after the turnover,” McLean said. “It was a good way to get some momentum.”
After that Brady Carroll led the way for the Blue Knights. The quarterback had an outstanding day both running and passing the ball. He rushed for 85 yards on the ground, finding the end zone twice. He also threw the ball for 72 yards, with Aiden Spurr getting all of those air yards on four catches.
Patrick Morin also feasted on Vineyard defenders in the ground game. Morin, who has had an excellent start to the season for the Knights, once again crossed the century mark rushing the ball. He picked up 126 yards overall, with his second quarter touchdown pushing the Knights ahead 14-0.
Carroll had both of the second-half touchdowns for the Blue Knights. He ran one in during each quarter.
Following the trip to the island, which is one of the worst road trips for any team, something that Coach McLean calls “a big theatrical thing, it’s a pain,” SHS has another not-fun road trip this weekend. Sandwich heads up Route 6 past the Orleans rotary to Eastham to face off against Nauset High School at 6 PM on Friday, October 8.
The Warriors have fallen on tough times this season, especially in terms of roster depth. Things were so bad last week that NHS had to forfeit their game against Mashpee, which dropped them to 0-4 overall for the season.
Coach McLean said he is happy that Nauset will have enough to field a team this weekend, and has stressed to his team that the Knights cannot afford to sleep on the Warriors. “What I saw against Nantucket was a team that moved the ball really well,” the coach said. “They had trouble turning over the football, but they ran their offense well and if they cut down on turnovers they can hurt you.”
In the three games that Nauset has played this season they have been outscored 99-8. They lost 42-0 in their opener to Pembroke, dropped a 19-8 decision to Hopkinton at home and then fell 38-0 at Nantucket. Nauset has already forfeited another game later in the season, opting not to play against Barnstable on October 15.