Martha's Vineyard 45, Brighton 38

Friday, Sep. 21, 2012, at Brighton

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."

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First quarter
BrightonTDRicardo Edwards 87-yard kickoff return (Ricardo Edwards run)
BrightonTDRicardo Edwards 44-yard run (Malique Holley pass from Jalen Apperwhite)
Second quarter
Martha's VineyardTDJahmari Thomas 21-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Alec Tattersall run)
BrightonTDChris Desanero 41-yard pass from Jalen Apperwhite (rush failed)
Third quarter
Martha's VineyardTDDoug Andrade 49-yard run (Mike Cutrer kick)
BrightonTDRicardo Edwards 14-yard run (Ricardo Edwards run)
Martha's VineyardTDJahmari Thomas 8-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Mike Cutrer kick)
Martha's VineyardTDBrandon Watkins 23-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Joe Turney pass from Alec Tattersall)
Fourth quarter
Martha's VineyardTDStuart Hersh 14-yard pass from Alec Tattersall (Mike Cutrer kick)
BrightonTDMalique Holley 27-yard pass from Jalen Apperwhite (Malique Holley pass from Jalen Apperwhite)
Martha's VineyardTDAlec Tattersall 1-yard run (Brandon Watkins pass from Alec Tattersall)


Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 5:31 p.m.

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