Freshman football team opens season with big win at SC East by Jim Prosser On Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Vermillion Freshman football team opened its season with a big 14-8 victory at Sioux City East.
In a hard fought close game, the Tanager frosh scored first at about the halfway time in quarter #1 with BJ Campbell running seven yards to the endzone. The (2) extra point try failed. The young Tanagers made an excellent effort, defensively, holding the home team scoreless until less than two minutes remained in the game. Leading the tackle chart were: Campbell � 8, Kellen Cusick � 7, and Collin Prosser � 4.
The scoring for the rest of the game occurred in the last 3:16 minutes of the second half. Campbell scored on a 12 yard run and Cusick ran for the 2 point conversion. Then East HS freshman Travis Anderson scored on a 7 yard run and scored the 2 point conversion on a run to end the game.
Individual offensive statistics � Campbell gained 87 yards on 16 carries and Cusick rushed 12 times for 85 yards.
Freshman coach Mark Iverson commented, "It was a close, hard fought game. Offensively, we played well for the first game of the season. BJ Campbell had a good game and the offensive line did a good job up front."
Frosh coach Jason Huska had this to say about the team's defense. "I felt that we played extremely well defensively. This is a great road win for our kids and certainly gives us a boost of confidence as we continue into the season."
by Jim Prosser
The Tanagers scored early and often as they built a 21-0 first quarter lead and "coasted" to a 33-15 victory over a miss-matched Beresford Watchdog team last Friday in the Dakota Dome.
The vaunted rushing game of the Tanagers accumulated over 400 yards while the defense clamped down, allowing Beresford's rushers to accumulate only about a fourth of that yardage.
Passing by both teams added up to 49 attempts which for a Vermillion football game must be a record! Thad Roche scored twice in the first four minutes on runs of 43 and 16 yards, while Anthony Senne intercepted a Joe Merriman pass and returned it 48 yards for a TD.
The Watchdogs took advantage of a fumble recovery to score on a "short field" when Josh Larson rushed 11 yards for a 6 pointer midway through the second quarter. Roche countered with his third TD on a 34 yard run.
Adam Brooks kicked the first extra point and Tim Broderson ran for a 2 point EP to complete the first half scoring.
With the Watchdogs trailing by 20 points, passing became their principal offensive tool, and Merriman threw 20 passes in the second half, gaining five first downs with 160 yards on 12 completions and a late touchdown scored by Dustin Voss from 20 yards out. The Tanagers merely ran the ball for the whole second half, except for turning the ball over on two pass interceptions, and a fumble recovery. Dan Tolsma was responsible for the final Tanager score when he broke through the line in the third quarter and ran 81 yards to move the team out of the shadow of their own goalposts and a touchdown.
Leading rushers for Vermillion were Roche (176 yards/11 carries); Tolsma (143 yards/13 carries); and Broderson (34/5). Also, sophomores Bart Miller, and Jeff Brevik each gained 21 yards in their substitute roles. Brandon Benzel was 2 for 9 passing for 46 yards; the receivers were: Tim Russell (16 yards) and Tyler Vacek (30 yards).
Defensive stats include 56 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and 4 interceptions. Broderson � 8 tackles, 1 interception, 1 break up; Vacek � 5 tackles, 1 interception, 3 breakups; Adam Brooks � 4 tackles, 3 breakups; Benzel � 4 tackles, 2 breakups; John Holoch � 1 tackle, 1 interception, 2 breakups; Senne � 1 tackle, 1 interception; Clint Christensen 2 tackles, 1 breakup.