BRIGHTON – The Martha's Vineyard football team slumped into a corner of the field at White Stadium during halftime, staring at a two-possession deficit against the Brighton Bengals. But the Vineyarder's took the field in the second half with a recharged energy, outscoring Brighton 37-16 in the final two quarters to steal a 45-38 victory Friday night. "I just told [the team] to play hard [in the second half], and they responded," Martha's Vineyard coach Donald Herman said. Senior quarterback Alex Tattersall led the Vineyarders' attack, throwing for four touchdowns and scoring the winner on a 1-yard rush with 1:56 remaining. Down 30-15 in the third quarter, Tattersall threw three straight touchdowns – two in the third and one to start the fourth to give his team a 37-30 lead. The first of Tattersall's consecutive scores was an 8-yarder to Jahmari Edwards, then a 23-yarder to Brandon Watkins, followed by a 14-yard pass to Stuart Hersh. But Brighton managed to score on the next drive – a 27-yard pass from quarterback Jalen Apperwhite to Malique Holley. Holley then received the two-point conversion to give the Bengals a 38-37 lead, setting the stage for Tattersall's last-minute heroics. Early in the second half, Doug Andreade ran for a 49-yard touchdown for the Vineyarder's, sparking the team's 22-point third quarter effort. "We had a new outlook in the second half," Andrade said. "If you give up, you're not going to accomplish anything."
Martha's Vineyard 45, Brighton 38
Friday, Sep. 21, 2012, at Brighton
|Brighton||TD||Ricardo Edwards 87-yard kickoff return (Ricardo Edwards run)|
|Brighton||TD||Ricardo Edwards 44-yard run (Malique Holley pass from Jalen Apperwhite)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Jahmari Thomas 21-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Alec Tattersall run)|
|Brighton||TD||Chris Desanero 41-yard pass from Jalen Apperwhite (rush failed)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Doug Andrade 49-yard run (Mike Cutrer kick)|
|Brighton||TD||Ricardo Edwards 14-yard run (Ricardo Edwards run)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Jahmari Thomas 8-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Mike Cutrer kick)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Brandon Watkins 23-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Joe Turney pass from Alec Tattersall)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Stuart Hersh 14-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Mike Cutrer kick)|
|Brighton||TD||Malique Holley 27-yard pass from Jalen Apperwhite (Malique Holley pass from Jalen Apperwhite)|
|Martha's Vineyard||TD||Alec Tattersall 1-yard run (Brandon Watkins pass from Alec Tattersall)|
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 5:31 p.m.