Tanagers improve record to 5-2 with BHS win

Tanagers improve record to 5-2 with BHS win by Jim Prosser The Tanagers seem to thrive on adversity. It takes about a half of the football game to alert the troops that they're in a real struggle!

The Watchdog team, last Friday in Beresford, played the Tanagers to a first half stand-off 6-6 tie. The rushing game was 144 yards to 88 yards in favor of the home team, giving the Tanagers another "wake-up call!"

The visitors responded with another second half rearrangement of fortunes, scoring 19 unanswered points, holding the Watchdogs to 5 total yards rushing on seven carries. Passing for Beresford was pretty much shut down too, as 10 attempts netted the Watchdogs 14 yards (and an interception).

The Tanagers were running up 142 yards total rushing in the second half, along with a 22-yard gain on passes.

On the way to a 25-6 win, Vermillion's defensive stats included 54 tackles, six pass breakups, and one interception. Jeff Brevik � eight tackles, one break up; Collin Prosser � eight tackles; Clint Christensen � six tackles, one for loss; Bart Miller, Dan Holoch and Adam Mount � five tackles each; Jeff Gilbertson � two tackles, one interception, three break ups; Oliver Hope and Kellen Cusick � three tackles each; Ray O'Connor and John Holoch � two tackles each and John Holoch had a pass breakup too.

Scoring summary

First quarter: VHS � Cusick, 4-yard run (kick blocked) 3:02.

Second quarter: BHS � Joey Swanstrom, 65-yard run (kick failed) 2:50.

Third quarter: VHS � Hope, 23-yard run (Brevik kick) 7:32.

Fourth quarter: VHS � Miller, 9-yard run (kick failed) 9:07; B.J. Campbell, 23-yard run (kick blocked) 4:19.

Rushing statistics

VHS � Campbell rushed 14 times for 91 yards and one TD; Cusick rushed 11 times for 43 yards and one TD; Hope rushed six times for 43 yards and one TD; Miller rushed 11 times for 40 yards and one TD.

BHS � Swanstrom rushed 17 times for 124 yards and one TD; Joel Carlson rushed 11 times for 36 yards.

Passing statistics

VHS � Ben Bazemore completed two of three passes for 57 yards.

BHS � Tom Keiser completed two of 10 passes for 14 yards and one interception.

Receiving statistics

VHS � Miller caught one pass for 35 yards; Prosser caught one pass for 22 yards.

BHS � Jason Hardie caught one pass for 5 yards; Jeremy Barnes caught one pass for 9 yards.

VHS coach Gary Culver was pleased with his team.

"It was another tremendous second half of football demonstrated by our team," he said. "We were able to control the football offensively with our rushing attack.

"Our offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage in the second half," Culver continued. "On the defensive side, it was a complete turn-around from the first half. Our guys along the defensive front simply dominated the line of scrimmage. Beresford could only manage 14 total yards of offense in the second half."

Culver praised team members who have stepped up after the team suffered injuries earlier in the season.

"It was a real credit to our kids the way we had people step in and do the job after some injuries occurred," he said. "Our specialty team play was also excellent. Adam Passick continues to get us field position with his punts."

The Tanagers will take a 5-2 record into their final regular season game against the West Central Trojans. Culver recognizes the challenges ahead.

"This was a nice win for our team � especially on the road at Beresford where we have struggled in past years," he said. "But we'll have another tough road trip this week as we finish out the regular season at West Central.

"We've had some great battles with the Trojans over the years and I would expect this game to be no different than in the past. Like us, they've struggled with the loss of some starters due to injuries but I'm sure they will be ready for Vermillion. It should be a great game."

The Trojans also have a 5-2 record. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at Hartford.

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