Tanagers shut out Madison 27-0 by Jim Prosser It�s not so bad, after all, to play the Tanager home games, outdoors at Crane-Youngworth Field in Yankton. The Sept. 8 Saturday afternoon weather was perfect for a fall football game.
The Madison Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and went three and out. Sparked by a 40-yard run on his first carry, Thad Roche led the team through an eight play, 68 yard 4:08 minute. possession to a touchdown.
You�ve heard the phrase about defenses which bend but don�t break. But there are other types of breaks, and the Tanagers created several during the first half of the game. On Madison�s second possession, Eric Rickord intercepted a pass on the 48-yard line which set up the second touchdown drive of nine plays using up 4:28 minutes as Roche scored his second TD. He suffered a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury early in the second quarter and had to sit out the rest of the game.
The next time the Bulldogs had the ball, there was a fumble and Rickord pounced on the ball to complete a second turnover by the visitors. The Tanagers next took 11 plays and used up half of the second quarter with Kellen Cusick contributing seven carries including a 20-yard gain as Rickord used a quarterback keeper to score from three yards out. The halftime score stood at 20-0 as Madison lost another fumble (recovered by Cusick, and another pass interception by Jeff Gilbertson) to stifle any chance they might have to score.
The third quarter belonged to the home team as they ran 12 successive plays covering 61 yards to the goal line where the only Vermillion turnover of the game was a fumble into the end-zone which Madison recovered. The Bulldogs continued to suffer �fumblitis� and couldn�t mount much of an offense against the Tanagers ferocious defensive charges. The final score was a 44-yard end run by Bart Miller which culminated a 94-yard drive in the fourth quarter.
Defensive statistics include: Cusick with 8 tackles and a fumble recovery; Rickord � 8 tackles, fumble recovery, pass intercept; Collin Prosser � 6 tackles, 2 pass break-ups; Ray O�Connor � 6 tackles; Adam Mount � 4 tackles; Danny Gilbertson – 3 tackles, 1 pass intercept; Jeff Brevik � 3 tackles. Eight other defensemen contributed one or two stops.
The kick for an extra point failed.
First quarter � VHS�s Roche on a two-yard run. Two point conversion by Roche failed. Roche on a three-yard run.
Second quarter � VHS�s Rickord on a three-yard run. Nick Olson pass.
Fourth quarter � VHS�s Bart Miller on a 44-yard run. Jeff Brevik kicked the extra point. Rushing statistics
VHS � Cusick rushed 18 times for 95 yards. Roche rushed 10 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Miller rushed two times for 48 yards and one touchdown. B.J. Campbell rushed six times for 43 yards. Oliver Hope rushed seven times for 40 yards. Rickord rushed nine times for 10 yards and one touchdown. Jared Burcham rushed two times for six yards. Brian Varns rushed two times for four yards.
MHS � Brent Dietterle rushed eight times for 22 yards. Greg Garry rushed 16 times for 56 yards. Tyler Campbell rushed four times for 10 yards. Adam Hanson rushed two times for five yards.
MHS � Brent Dietterle complete three of seven passes for 46 yards with two interceptions.
VHS � Nick Olson caught one pass for a two-point conversion.
MHS � Todd Miller caught two passes for 11 yards. Maxon Keating caught one pass for 35 yards.
�It was a good win for our team after the loss last week at South Sioux City. We played well in every phase of the game. We were particularly happy with the way we rushed the football so effectively against Madison,� said Tanager coach Gary Culver. �We had some young people step in and do a great job of running the football after Thad Roche went down with a hamstring injury.
�Our offensive line really came of age in this game,� he added. We fired off the ball and maintained our blocks so much better than the previous two games. Defensively, you�ve got to be happy anytime you can pitch a shutout. When you hold a team under 100-yards rushing, you know you�ve played well defensively. Our special teams also continue to play very well. It was just a complete game for the Tanagers.�
Culver said the Tanagers are looking forward to their road trip to Canton today (Friday). �This has been a great rivalry for many years. It will be a special challenge for our team on the road,� he said. �Canton is always a solid football team that will be well prepared for the game. We�ve had some classic battles through the years and I�m sure this one will be no different.�
Vermillion will take a 2-1 record into their fourth game of the season at Canton. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Burdell Coplan Athletic Complex next to Canton High School. Madison falls to 1-2 on the season and will host Flandreau for its homecoming Sept. 14.