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Last-second heartbreak

Photo by Jim Powers

Keith Lewis (3) stops Joe Turney after a long gain in the first quarter of Martha's Vineyard's 27-26 2012 Island Cup victory.       I&M Sports Photo Galleries

By Dean Geddes
I&M Staff Writer


(Nov. 21, 2012) Heading into the final four minutes of the 2012 Island Cup, Nantucket was leading Martha’s Vineyard 26-14. Whalers fans, players and coaches were on the edge of their seats. Waiting. Waiting for the final play that would seal the game. Waiting to erupt in joy. Waiting to bring back the Island Cup to Nantucket after nine straight Vineyard victories.

But that moment never came, as the Vineyard mounted a furious comeback in the final four minutes of the game, making big play after big play and leaving the field 27-26 winners.

“We dominated for 40 out of the 44 minutes. It’s easy to look at the last four minutes and say that’s where the breakdowns were, (but) there are about 30 plays where we don’t pick up a yard here or miss a block there, that added up to even put them in a position to be two touchdowns down,” head coach Bill Manchester said after the game.

 

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