Tanagers win 28-8 in season final The Vermillion High School Tanagers scored in every quarter last Friday, Oct. 13, as they played a control game against the Bon Homme Cavaliers (6-1), one of the top Class 11A football teams.
On every touchdown scored, time was consumed and the home standing team was faced with trying to initiate an offense playing against a determined defense, and the clock.
The first drive covered 62 yards on nine plays using up more than 5 minutes as Thad Roche scored on a one-yard run, giving the Tanagers a first quarter lead of 6-0.
The second quarter found Bon Homme running 13 ground plays and a couple of pass plays to offer the only approach to the goal line. But that was snuffed out by the Tanager defense and time ran out at the half.
The VHS scoring in that quarter was accomplished by covering 66 yards on seven plays when Tyler Vacek caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Benzel and Roche ran for the 2 points extra which resulted in a 14-0 half-time advantage.
It took only a 40-yard drive in six plays to score the third quarter touchdown with Dan Tolsma running in from two yards with 7:15 on the clock. Adam Brooks made the extra-point kick. The next drive was initiated when Tim Brodersen recovered a fumble and the Tanager offense used 11 running plays to consume the remaining time in the quarter, then continued the ground attack into the final period with five more rushes before the Cavaliers stopped the drive at the five-yard line.
The time used up in that drive was nearly 12 minutes and left the Cavaliers with the only option to go to the air.
The last score for the visiting VHS came on a three-play 27-yard drive in 1:41 minutes (just to show they could score quickly, too) when Roche carried the ball 18 yards to the goal line and Brooks kicked the EP. That left the final five and a half minutes of the game for the JV reserves to play defense � and it took Bon Homme the remaining time to score against a hard-nosed defensive squad playing against the Cavalier varsity to bring the final score to 28-8.
Offensive statistics for Vermillion:
Roche rushed 21 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns; Tolsma scored one touchdown and rushed 18 times for a 133- yard total; Vacek gained 16 yards on two carries and caught the touchdown pass; Benzel completed two of four passes for 53 yards.
Vermillion's defensive statistics were led by Clint Christensen with eight tackles. Other stats included: Eric Rickord four tackles, two pass breakups; Oliver Hope six tackles; Brodersen, Anthony Senne and Benzel five tackles each; Tim Russell four tackles, two for losses, and one pass breakup; Pat Brooks four tackles and one pass breakup.