Tanagers prepare for playoffs

Tanagers prepare for playoffs by Vicky Lio On Oct. 16, Vermillion beat Winner in a defensive 16-0 shut-out upping their regular season record to 7-1.

Both teams held each other scoreless to the end of the first half.

Wes Christensen scored the first touchdown on a recovery of a Vermillion fumble in the endzone.

Winner tried to the take the game late in the fourth quarter but fumbled the ball.

Cory Novak recovered it with 30 seconds left on the clock. Novak returned the ball 43 yards for the final touchdown.

"It was a great experience for the kids to win on a long road trip, especially in such adverse weather conditions," said head coach Gary Culver.

The Tanagers totaled 150 rushing yards and the Warriors totaled 81.

Individual highlights: Louis Sitting Crow led the team with 125 yards; Jay Merrigan made 12 tackles and two interceptions; and Cory Novak made 10 tackles and caught two fumble recoveries.

Vermillion begins the playoffs in Canton on Oct. 22. Kickoff begins at 7:30.

"We've been very proud of our team and their tremendous efforts during the regular season. We are also looking forward to the new season � the playoffs," Culver said.

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