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Martha's Vineyard vs. Nantucket - 11/17/12 - 1:00PM (EDT)

November 12, 2012
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The 34th annual “Island Cup” has the Martha’s Vineyard Vineyarders pitted against the Nantucket Whalers this Saturday afternoon in one of the New England’s most passionate rivalries. These two island teams are separated by a mere 12 miles of ocean off the coast of Cape Cod and have played at least once a season since 1960, except in 2009 when the game was cancelled. Nantucket leads the all-time series in wins, 35-26-3. The game was coined the “Island Cup” in 1978 and the series has been dead even ever since. Nantucket holds a slight 17-16 lead in “Island Cup” victories. The Vineyarders have won the last 8 “Island Cups” including last season’s 10-7 victory.

The 2011 Vineyarders finished with a 5-6 record but retained the “Island Cup” for the 8th consecutive year. This year, the Vineyarders are 6-4 and have clinched a 3rd place finish in the Eastern Athletic Conference for the 3rd straight year. Senior Alec Tattersall has led the offense all season long. He has thrown for over 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Vineyarders. The running game has been headed by senior Brandon Watkins and junior Joe Turney. Both are extremely prevalent in the passing game, along with senior Jahmari Thomas. Senior Harry West is an anchor on both lines. The linebacking corps is led by junior Tony Canha and senior Doug Andrade, along with Tattersall and Turney. Thomas will double as a defensive back on top of his receiving duties.

Despite losing to the Vineyarders last season, the Whalers marched on to win the “Super Bowl” against Boston Latin Academy after wrapping up the Mayflower Athletic Conference Small title. The Whalers will not repeat as Super Bowl champs this year, as they head into Saturday’s game with a 4-6 record. However, the Whalers have a lot riding on the line in this one. The Whalers would love to bring the Island Cup trophy back to Nantucket for the first time since 2002. Junior Bryan Depass runs the Whaler’s run-heavy offense. Depass will play a multitude of positions for the Whalers, including kicker and defensive back. When Depass choses not to run it himself, he will have plenty of options as to who gets it. Juniors Hunter Gray and Dylan O’Connor and seniors Dylan Perry and Rick Coleman will all see carries out of the backfield. Senior Terrell Correia is the go to target in the passing game. Junior Jon Holdgate is the leader on defense at linebacker. Correia and sophomore Nate Leibowitz man the defensive line at the tackle positions, while Dylan Perry and Dylan O’Connor man the secondary.

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