Seventh-grade Redbirds win with triple overtime by Jim Prosser In a reversal of fortune, the seventh-grade football team overcame their shortcomings on offense to register an eye popping triple overtime victory against the Lennox seventh-graders in a Saturday morning contest held at the VHS sports complex.
There was standing room only in the bleachers as a great contingent of fans was entertained by some exciting "tiny Tanager" football.
Trailing 14-8, Vermillion scored a touchdown in the final few minutes to tie Lennox, but couldn't get the PAT and the visitors ran out the clock to end regulation which put the overtime routine in motion.
VMS won the toss and took defense. Lennox scored on a run, then a two point conversion on a pass. The Redbirds answered the challenge as a Daniel Storm to Jordan Merrigan eight yard pass and a three yard Storm run tied the score again.
The second overtime was a wash since neither team crossed the end line. In the third overtime, Lennox was held scoreless when their fourth down pass was batted away by Michael VanDyke, and on the first play by the home team, Casey Carlson ran the ball into the endzone for the 28-22 win.
The Redbirds again had some problems in running the ball but their 5 for 9 passing totaling 84 yards complemented the 60 rushing yards on 30 carries which was enough to match the Lennox offense.
Carlson gained 25 yards on eight carries and Alex Smith had 16 carries for 20 total yards. Merrigan caught four passes totaling 62 yards. Storm gained 14 yards rushing and 84 yards passing. Heine had two receptions totaling 22 yards.
The defense was the key to the win with 16 defenders recording tackles: Luke Heine had 12, including a quarterback sack and two for lost yards; Daniel Storm, Cody Miller, and Thomas Mollet each recorded seven Ts and Carlson registered six Ts and a pass break up. The season record becomes is 1-1.