Tanagers leash Watchdogs 47-14 by Jim Prosser The Tanagers celebrated Parents' Night by playing one of their best and complete offense, defense and special teams performances of the season as they thrashed the Beresford Watchdog team 47-14 last Friday in the Dome.
Kellen Cusick was a source of inspiration as he demonstrated his rushing abilities against Beresford. He racked up nearly 200 yards, many of them while carrying several defensemen with him during his 13 running attempts, to complement the Vermillion defensive whirlwind that held the Beresford offense to 168 total yards.
The game was a first half whitewash for the home team as they scored in various fashions to build a 28-0 halftime lead. The only chink in the armour was a turnover fumble midway in the third quarter which led to the only significant Watchdog score, as the reserves played much of the fourth period and surrendered the other touchdown.
Vermillion's defensive stats include 64 tackles, a blocked punt, four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, and three interceptions.
Collin Prosser led the defense with nine tackles, a blocked punt, and a quarterback sack; Sean Pederson recorded eight tackles (one for a loss) and recovered a fumble; Jeff Brevik � six tackles; Drew Lawrence � five tackles, a pass interception and a pass break up; Paul Hugo � five tackles; Bart Miller and Adam Brunick � four tackles each; Kevin Bleil � two tackles, one interception; Jared Burcham � two tackles, a pass interception that he returned 95 yards for a touchdown, a pass break up; Dan Holoch � two tackles and a fumble recovery.
VHS � Bart Miller, 39-yard run (Jeff Brevik kick) 7:16. Jared Burcham, 95-yard interception return (Brevik kick) 1:37.
VHS � Nick Olson, 39-yard pass from Jon Brooks (Brevik kick) 5:14. Kellen Cusick, 68-yard run (Brevik kick) 3:35.
BHS � Joel Carlson, one yard run (Sebastian Matz kick) 7:18.
VHS � Cusick, 31-yard run (kick failed) 3:46.
VHS � Miller, three-yard run (Brevik kick) 11:52. Jordan Anderson nine-yard run (extra point run failed) 8:42.
BHS � Rick Christensen, 13-yard pass from Seth McGill (Matz kick) 4:54.
Kellen Cusick rushed 13 times for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Bart Miller rushed 11 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Anderson rushed eight times for 36 yards and one touchdown.
Tyler Brown rushed three times for 20 yards.
Kevin Bleil rushed two times for three yards.
Ben Oberle rushed two times for 10 yards.
Jared Burcham rushed one time for 11 yards.
Adam Brunick rushed one time for seven yards.
Jon Brooks rushed one time for no yards.
Joel Carlson rushed 18 times for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Jeremy Barnes rushed seven times for 30 yards.
Steve Bogue rushed three times for 20 yards.
Jon Brooks completed one of three passes for minus 39 yards and one touchdown. Adam Brunick completed one of two passes for nine yards.
Seth McGill completed three of nine passes for 40 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Joey Swanstrom completed one of one passes for no yards.
Nick Olson caught one pass for 39 yards. Jared Burcham caught one pass for nine yards.
Todd Hill caught one pass for 13 yards. Rick Christensen caught one pass for 13 yards and one touchdown. Caleb Merriman one pass for 14 yards.
Vermillion will now take a 6-0 record into their next game against the West Central Trojans. The Trojans also have a 6-0 record. This game will match the #1 (West Central) and #2 (Vermillion) rated teams in Class 11A. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 in the DakotaDome.
"It was a great Parent's Night victory for our team. We have struggled against the Watchdogs throughout the years so it was nice to get an opportunity to play everyone in the game," coach Gary Culver said. "Our offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage. We were able to rush the football effectively and control the clock. Our speciality teams continue to play well also.
"Our defense, as it has all season, played very well against the Watchdogs. It was nice to see Kellen Cusick have such a good game rushing the football. It is the hardest I've seen a back run like that in some time. He literally carried people with him down the field.
"It should be an exciting matchup this Friday night in the DakotaDome," Culver said. "It is what every high school player dreams about � number one versus number two! Our guys also have to remember that this is not the end of the season. It is one more regular season game on the schedule and does not determine the state champion.
"But the game should draw a great crowd," Culver said.