Freshmen lose season finale to Sioux Falls Washington The Vermillion High School freshmen lost their season finale to the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors by a 48-12 score at the VHS field on Oct. 12.
The young Tanagers opened the scoring and went out to a short-lived 6-0 advantage, but Sioux Falls Washington countered with 34 unanswered points to secure a 34-6 halftime lead. With the loss, the freshmen closed out their season with a 0-8 record.
Jeff Brevik scored on a 45-yard pass from Jon Brooks (pass failed). Bart Miller scored on a four-yard run (run failed).
Mike Buckanaga rushed five times for 52 yards. Bart Miller rushed seven times for 28 yards. Jeff Brevik rushed 15 times for 66 yards. Jon Brooks completed two of seven passes for 51 yards.
Leading in tackles were Jeff Brevik and Bart Miller, each with 12. Brian Thomas followed with eight and Rob Foster and Drew Lawrence each had seven. Other tacklers were Derek Thomas, four, Matt Varns, three, Dan Holoch, Michael Buckanaga and Jeff Goeden, two each, and Carl Thompson and Nick Olson, each with one.
"Again, turnovers proved to be our undoing, especially in the kicking game," said Coach Devin Schwiesow. "Sioux Falls Washington is a very talented team, but we made it much easier for them by giving them a short field to start.
"Despite our record, I believe this group of players has a tremendous amount of potential for the future. Undoubtedly, we played probably the toughest freshmen schedule of anyone in our class. We played six 11AA opponents and two Class 11A opponents. Four of the AA teams on our schedule were undefeated and I felt we were competitive in every contest this season. I really believe these young players will provide a solid foundation for the Tanager football teams of the future."
"Offensively we moved the football on a very talented Sioux Falls Washington defense � when we had our hands on the ball," added Jason Huska.