The Whaler football team hosted the Joseph Case Cardinals Thursday evening to close out their season but were defeated 10-7 after a field goal late in the third quarter gave the Cardinals a lead they would never relinquish.
The game began with a scoreless first quarter. Whaler sophomore quarterback Brock Beamish threw an interception midway through the quarter, but the Whaler defense was stout and kept Case out of the end zone.
Nantucket forced a turnover on downs one minute into the second quarter to take over at their 39-yard line, but Case’s defense stood tall again and regained possession for their offense.
This time, Nantucket wasn’t able to stop the Cardinals. Case drove down the field and eventually ran it in from one yard out to take a 7-0 lead with 1:02 remaining in the first half.
Nantucket got the ball back and immediately answered the Cardinal’s scoring drive with a quick score. Beamish, on his own 23-yard line, dropped back and delivered a beautiful pass to junior Brady Tilton, who took it to the house for a 77-yard score. The extra point was good, and the two teams found themselves in a 7-7 tie going into halftime.
The third quarter featured very little offense, but Case was able to drill a field goal with 3:57 to go in the third quarter to score the eventual game-winning points and take a 10-7 lead.
The Whalers did nothing with the ensuing possession but forced a turnover on downs with 10:30 to go in the final quarter to regain possession.
Beamish and sophomore Amare Bramwell quickly moved Nantucket down the field on back-to-back connections. The first was a 24-yard gain while the second was a nice ball over the middle to Bramwell, who made a nice leaping grab to secure it for a 28-yard gain and set the Whalers up on the Cardinal’s 28-yard line.
On a 4th and 11, the Whalers went for it and did not convert. However, Case was called for pass interference to give Nantucket a fresh set of downs and the ball on the Case 14-yard line.
The Whalers drove it down to the one-yard line on a pair of run plays but on a 1st and goal situation, were called for too many men on the field to back the offense back to the six-yard line. On the next play, Beamish rolled to his left to avoid the pass rush and threw an interception with 3:51 remaining in the game.
Case regained possession, but the Whaler defense was unable to get off the field.
Nantucket finished the season with a 3-7 record. Their three wins were against Tech Boston Academy 19-6, St. John Paul II 13-0, and Monomoy 28-12. They will be graduating three seniors from the team: Carlos Aguilar, Angel Cabrera, and Jason Yarmy.