JV FB team succumbs to Yankton JV Bucks by Jim Prosser In a hard fought, crisply played football game, the Tanager JV Team was given a wake-up call when they faced the Yankton JVs at the VHS field on Monday, Sept. 11.
The young Bucks put a hard charge on both sides of the ball which disrupted the Tanager offensive running game and kept Vermillion's defense on the field for long stretches of time. The result was a 20-6 Yankton win.
The visiting team forced five fumbles and intercepted a pass, each bringing disaster to the Tanager offense which was held to 84 yards rushing and 50 yards passing.
Jeff Brevik had 51 yards on 9 carries and caught a 35 yard pass to lead the offense. Bart Miller gained 41 yards on 10 carries. The Tanager score came early in the fourth quarter when the team sustained a short drive and Eric Rickord passed to Brett Mockler for 5 yards and the TD.
Yankton's offense was an awesome relenting forward surge which kept the Vermillion defense busy dealing with 32 rushing attempts in the first half, and 24 runs in the second which ground out yardage in the "3 yards and a cloud of dust" mode, followed by an occasional reverse or end run for major yardage gains.
Total yards gained by the Bucks was 260 on 56 carries. (They attempted 2 passes in the whole game!) Needless to say, the tackle chart is crowded with the following defensemen contributing to the defense: Drew Lawrence � 13 tackles; Jeff Brevik � 8; Eric Rasmussen � 8; John Holoch � 7; Dave Hanson � 7; Bart Miller, Ben Bazemore, and Jeff Gilbertson � 6 each and 14 other players had 2, 3, or 4.
For those interested in the scoring for Yankton � Joey Matzke ran 4 yards and Trey Erickson had a 3 yard run (both in the second quarter) and Erickson ran 26 yards in the last 25 seconds to complete their winning margin.
The high school football field was nearly full of fans for the 4:15 p.m. game.
With the loss, the JV record is 1-1. The team will next be in action on Monday, Sept 18 for a 4:15 p.m. kickoff against the SF Roosevelt "Roughriders".
Vermillion High School field.
USD moves to 2-0
on young season
with 38-14 win
In a very real sense, the tables were turned on Saturday night, Sept. 9, as The University of South Dakota Coyotes (2-0) registered their third straight victory and their second win this season in a 38-14 win over visiting Truman State (1-1) before 4,635 in the DakotaDome.
Coming into the game, Truman State had registered 35 points while the Coyotes scored 17 in their season opener. But after Truman grabbed a 14-10 lead, South Dakota's defense and offense stepped up. USD outscored Truman State 28-0 in the final three quarters as the Coyotes registered their highest scoring output since scoring 43 against St. Cloud State last year during the Dakota Days game.
Trailing by four in the second quarter, South Dakota's senior fullback Mike Weister of Marshfield, WI took a 22 yard pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan Justice of Harlan, IA into the end zone with 8:19 left in the second quarter. Then in the third quarter senior kicker Adam Hicks of Sioux Falls nailed a 33-yard field goal before Weister had a 15 yard scoring run with 13:02 left in the fourth quarter. Hicks hit his third straight field goal, a 41-yard boot at the 8:27 mark in the fourth quarter. Then freshman Dusty Stamer of Grand Island, NE electrified the DakotaDome with a 79-yard scoring run near the end of the game.
In a heavy scoring first quarter, Hicks had a 20 yard field goal with 12:41 to go in the first
quarter and Stamer had a six yard scoring run with 4:17 left in the first quarter that gave the Coyotes a 10-7 lead. Following Hicks' field goal, Alphonso Pugh of Truman State had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Then with just 17 seconds left in the opening quarter, Kevin Collins caught a 38 yard touchdown pass from Bulldog quarterback Eric Howe, his fifth scoring strike of the season.
For a while, it looked like an offensive shootout was in place but the Coyote defense had other ideas. Time and time again, they intercepted Howe or hurried his throws because of a strong pass rush. Stopping the rush was a key for the Coyotes as they limited Truman State to just two yards rushing on 25 attempts. Howe completed 22 of 41 passes for 217 yards and had three passes picked off. He was sacked twice by a heavy Coyote pass rush.
Overall the Coyotes limited the pass-heavy Truman State attack to 264 yards passing and
registered five interceptions, including a career-high two picks by Rory Triplett, a senior
from Iowa City, IA. The defense also recovered a fumble to give the Coyotes six totals takeaways. Senior linebacker Josh Stamer of Sutherland, IA had 11 tackles including six unassisted stops and three tackles for losses.
Justice had another steady game calling signals for the Coyotes. He completed 11 of 22
passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. Justice and Stamer connected on a 52-yard pass, the Coyotes' longest pass play of the season. Hicks, who was 1 of 3 last week on field goals in the win over Missouri Western State, hit all three of his field goal attempts and three extra points.
Stamer, whose two touchdowns gave him three on the season, had 139 yards in 14 carries for an outstanding 9.9 average. Sophomore tailback Kary Gantt of Davenport, IAhad 17 rushes for 47 yards and Weister had five carries for 28 yards. Stamer also led the receiving corps with three catches for 89 yards while Weister had four catches for 49 yards. The Coyotes also got another great game from punter Filip Filipovic, who had seven punts for a 48.3 average and a long of 55 yards.
The Coyotes next game is Sept. 16. They will play next weekend in Grand Forks, ND to face the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota.