Tanagers dominate Cardinals to win ’99 homecoming game

Tanagers dominate Cardinals to win '99 homecoming game It was homecoming for the Tanagers and if you wanted to see a defensive tussle in the DakotaDome last Friday, you couldn't be disappointed by what transpired!

The Cardinals from South Sioux City chose to play a 6-2 defense (with cornerbacks "cheating up") in an effort to stop the power running game of the Tanagers. Vermillion used a "beehive" 4-4 routine (everybody swarm to the ball) to thwart any offense they might encounter. The Cardinals were successful in containing the inside rushes but were unable to contend with the reverses, counters and passes to the perimeter and deep zones and couldn't over come the hard-nosed defense of the Tanagers.

The top-ranked 11A VHS limited SSC to 29 yards rushing and 50 yards passing in a 23-0 whitewash that left the Tanagers with a 6-0 record going into the Oct. 8 contest at Chamberlain.

Most of the game was spent in the Cardinals half of the field. Only once did SSC threaten to score and that was on their last possession of the game after the final Tanager touchdown with 1:51 to play gave them a chance when some of the reserves had a prevent defense set up and knocked down a pass at the endzone as time expired.

Scoring highlights

1st quarter � Thad Roche, one-yard run (kick failed).

2nd quarter � Adam Brooks, 30-yard field goal.

3rd quarter � Team safety. Wes Christensen blocked a punt into the end zone.

4th quarter � Jared Thedorff, one-yard run (kick failed); Cullen Iverson, four-yard run (kick failed).

Individual stats

Jared Thedorff (101 yards/19 carries), Thad Roche (70 yards/16 carries), Jason Madsen (23 yards/five carries), Dan Tolsma (13 yards/four carries). Roche, Thedorff, Cory Novak and Tim Russell each caught a pass.

The defense was a team effort with Madsen credited with four tackles and a pass knock down and Tyler Vacek break-up of two passes and two tackles.

"We put together one of the most dominating defensive performance from a Tanager football team that I've seen in quite some time," said Coach Gary Culver. "We just did not allow South Sioux City to do anything on the offensive side of the football. To hold a team to 79 yards in total offense is a real accomplishment."

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