The Vineyard football offense made a solid appearance in the team's home opener against league opponent Bishop Stang Friday night, but it wasn't enough to take the win, with the Spartans holding on to a 21-19 victory. 

The loss marks the team's fourth of the season.

Bishop Stang jumped on the board in the first half with a touchdown and successful PAT. Shortly after the third quarter began, the Vineyard offense capitalized on a long Jacob Cardoza run to set up a scoring drive, with Cardoza running in the touchdown. Kicker James Sashin evened the score at 7-7, but the Spartans took the lead again midway through the third. After junior Curtis Farrell's kickoff return brought the Vineyard into Stang territory, quarterback Mikey Mussell completed a 26-yard pass to Cardoza to set up the Vineyard's second touchdown run. Stang blocked the extra point and made quick work of their next drive, leaving the Vineyard behind 21-13.

Mussell connected with Farrell on a 35-yard pass to get the Vineyard back into scoring position, and junior Ben Clark rushed in for the touchdown. The Vineyard attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game, but came up short. 

"We had opportunities," head coach Donald Herman said after the game. "This is the best team Stang has had since we started playing them [in 2009]." He said the Vineyard's offensive performance was the team's strongest of the season. 

Still, the Vineyard now has an 0-4 record (0-2 in the Eastern Athletic Conference) and is searching for its first win when the team takes on Bourne at home next Friday. Game time is at 6 p.m. 

In photo, junior Ben Clark carries the ball against Bishop Stang.