VHS earns win for football opener A three-year stretch of frustration and disappointment ended last Friday at West Central in Hartford as Vermillion gained some measure of revenge by tacking a 26-6 loss on the Trojans to stop their winning streak at 36 and gave the Tanagers an indication of the future for the remaining season.
The opening of the game demonstrated their intentions by clamping a furious defense, allowing no positive yardage in the first offensive series by the Trojans, forcing a punt placing the ball on Vermillion's 40-yard line. On the first play, after the punt, Thad Roche rambled 60 yards for the touchdown, aided by a block given by fullback Jared Thedorff.
After the ensuing kickoff, Dave Hanson recovered a fumble on the 18-yard line and two plays later Roche scored from the eight, giving the Tanagers a 12-0 lead with less than four minutes gone in the first quarter.
The remaining half and third quarter was basically a stand-off with neither team threatening to score.
In the fourth quarter, the Tanagers mounted a three-play charge covering 62 yards � 47 of them for a TD by Thedorff who broke through the line led by a "pancake" block by Chris Sinkie. Thedorff closed out the Vermillion scoring with a one-yard plunge. Adam Brooks was 2 for 3 in extra point conversions and averaged 37 yards per punt and 53 yards per kickoff.
The defense for the Tanagers was led by Tyler Vacek with 10 tackles and a pass interception, also 8 tackles were credited to Anthony Senne. Brandon Benzel had five tackles and a fumble recovery.
West Central scored, with less than a minute left in the game, on a 69-yard run by reserve QB Nathan Morken on a "hidden ball" rollout and scamper for the six points. He also was the leading total yard rusher for the Trojans.
With 20 carries, Roche led all rushers with 169 yards. Thedorff added 85 yards on 10 carries.
Team total yards were 281 for Vermillion, and 216 for West Central. First downs were 13 to 9 in favor of the Tanagers.