VMS football teams split wins at Lennox By Jim Prosser The VMS football teams won one and lost one at Lennox Saturday, Sept. 11.
The seventh-graders stormed back in the second half with 14 points, after spotting Lennox a 22-0 lead, but ran out of time to complete the comeback. Jordan Anderson scored on a 60 yard run for the first six points (the extra point run failed) and Ben Oberle completed a 18 yard pass to Ryan Mockler for a TD (EP-2 �Anderson run).
Anderson rushed for 91 yards on 10 carries and Oberle passed for 36 yards.
With the season-opening loss, the seventh-grade�s team record is 0-1. They will next be in action as they travel to Brandon Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
Coaches comments: Bret Jones � �I thought we played very well in the second half. You certainly could tell Lennox had already played their first game. We will continue to improve and now have some time to work on the fundamentals during the next two weeks in preparation for our next game.�
Rich Kotrba � �I thought our offense played very well in the second half. We have to eliminate the turnovers and mental mistakes, and get back to the fundamentals of blocking and tackling as we prepare to play BV in two weeks.�
The eighth-grade team dominated both the offense and defense against Lennox. Jared Burcham rushed 13 times for 79 yards (two TDs � three yards and 21 yards). B.J. Campbell went 39 yards on eight carries (two 2-point EPs), and Byron Thomas completed two passes for 47 yards including a touchdown to Trevor Garrett.
The defense sparkled with 37 tackles, led by Collin Prosser with seven, Max Mayer (five), Max Swenson and Steve Neal (four each) and Kellen Cusick and Garrett (three each).
With the opening game win, the eighth-grade record stands at 1-0. The team will next be in action Saturday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. as they host Sioux Falls O�Gorman at the high school field.
Coaches comments: Lauren Tolsma � �It was a great season-opening win for our team. I felt that we executed very well for our first game. We played well on both sides of the football.�
Casey O�Connor � �I was pleased with the play of our offensive line. Anytime you gain over 200 yards in total offense at the middle school level, it�s a real accomplishment.�