Tanagers dominate Cubs 39-0 The Tanagers out-hustled, out-muscled, out-ran and out-scored the Chamberlain Cubs, last Friday, Oct. 6, in the DakotaDome.
The die was cast when the Cubs' quarterback lost 23 yards on their first play and was completed with a safety on their last offensive play. Out-rushing the visitors 311-34, the Tanagers scored in every quarter while holding Chamberlain to zero points.
Offensive statistics for Vermillion: Thad Roche rushed 19 times for 136 yards and two TDs (on runs of 36 and three yards); Dan Tolsma scored two TDs on runs of 71 and seven yards while carrying the ball 15 times for a 134-yard total; Tyler Vacek gained 11 yards on two carries, and Jeff Brevik rushed four times for 22 yards.
Bart Miller rushed three times for seven yards and a TD. Tim Brodersen was one for one in passing for 30 yards with Adam Brooks as the receiver. Brooks also kicked two extra points and a 45-yard field goal.
Vermillion's smothering defense put the ball in the hands of the offense quickly and often as team statistics will attest
The defensive statistics were led by Brodersen with seven tackles and a pass breakup. Other stats: Eric Rickord, six tackles, one pass breakup; Brett Jepsen, four tackles, two for loss; Dave Hanson, Chris Sinke and Oliver Hope, three tackles each; Ryan Pickett, two tackles, two fumble recoveries; Brooks, two tackles, one pass interception, one fumble recovery.
A team safety was scored when Chamberlain's center snapped the ball out of the end-zone.
"We put together a nearly perfect game last Friday night," said Coach Gary Culver. "This was a far cry from our performance the previous Saturday. We rushed the football very effectively against Chamberlain. Anytime you can have two backs each rush for over 100 yards it is a real credit to the guys up front in the offensive line."
Culver noted that the Tanagers did not allow Chamberlain any big plays defensively.
"If you can hold a team under 100 yards in total offense, you know you've done a great job," he said. "Brian Reimer, Chamberlain's great wide receiver, touched the ball six times and only had 56 yards in total offense and return yards. We did a great job on him all night."
The Tanager specialty teams also had an outstanding night, according to the coach.
"Chamberlain had returned numerous kicks back for touchdowns all season but the longest return they had all night was 23 yards," Culver said. "It was just a great Parents' Night victory for the team."
With the win, Vermillion ups its record to 6-1. The Tanagers will next be in action as they travel to Tyndall to face the Bon Homme Cavaliers on Friday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
"We have a very tough road trip to Tyndall this Friday," Culver said. "Bon Homme always plays good, solid football and we know we'll be in for a four-quarter battle against the Cavaliers."
The Bon Homme game will be the final regular season contest for the Tanagers. First round of the SDHSAA football playoffs is set for Thursday, Oct. 19. Pairings, with sites and game times, will be announced on Monday, Oct. 16.