Tanagers win 21-14 over Bon Homme

Tanagers win 21-14 over Bon Homme by Jim Prosser Last Friday, Oct. 4 at Tyndall, the Tanagers answered the challenge of overcoming multiple mistakes, fumbles and missed assignments to recover in time to pull off a uncomfortable 21-14 victory over a perennial top class 11B football team in the Bon Homme Cavaliers.

Operating like a well-oiled machine, playing control football on offense, the Tanagers scored first, using a seven-play, 69-yard 3-minute drive and led 7-0 after one quarter. An intense defense kept the Cavaliers bottled up for most of the first half and the visitors used up most of the second quarter with another long drive starting from their own 9-yard line. After 15 plays and 91 yards, the Tanagers scored to lead at halftime 14-0.

Then, in the third quarter, it seemed that a monkey wrench was thrown into that smooth running machine and a lapse of concentration, three lost fumbles, dropped passes, penalties, and out of position defenders, led to allowing the Cavaliers two TDs in the span of 15 minutes.

Just as abruptly, the Tanagers turned things around and took control for the final 10 minutes of the game. A touchdown with 5 minutes to go made the final score 21-14 as Vermillion breathed a sigh of relief for another heart-stopping victory.

Except for that one span of miscues, the defense did a commendable job in holding the Cavaliers to less than 70 yards rushing on 21 carries, led by strong safety Adam Brunick with seven tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception. End Collin Prosser had seven Ts, a QB sack, and two pass breakups. They were ably joined by the threesome of Kellen Cusick, Jeff Brevik and Paul Hugo, each with five tackles. Hugo also blocked an EP kick and knocked down a pass.

Defensive end Sean Pederson registered four Ts, intercepted a pass and had a pass breakup. Jared Burcham broke up four pass plays and had a couple tackle assists. All together there were 16 defensemen who had tackles recorded.

First quarter

VHS � Jon Brooks, 1-yard run (Jeff Brevik kick) 9:00.

Second quarter

VHS � B.J. Campbell, 4-yard run (Jeff Brevik kick) 8:09.

Third quarter

BHS � Jason Tjeerdsma, 6-yard pass from Joey Bures (kick failed) 5:28.

Fourth quarter

BHS � Scott Ranek, 49-yard pass from Joey Bures (Chad Hovorka pass from Joey Bures) 10:56.

VHS � Bart Miller, 3-yard run (Jeff Brevik kick) 5:10.

Individual rushing

Vermillion

B.J. Campbell rushed 24 times for 154 yards and one TD; Kellen Cusick rushed 15 times for 118 yards; Bart Miller rushed 15 times for 70 yards and one TD; Ben Oberle rushed five times for 15 yards; Jon Brooks rushed seven times for 8 yards and one TD.

Bon Homme

Joey Bures rushed eight times for 36 yards; Zach Genant rushed seven times for 19 yards; Chad Hovorka rushed four times for 5 yards; Justin Hajek rushed one time for 5 yards.

Individual passing

Vermillion

Jon Brooks completed four of seven passes for 88 yards.

Bon Homme

Joey Bures completed six of 23 passes for 144 yards and two TDs and two interceptions.

Receiving statistics

Vermillion

Nick Olson caught two passes for 50 yards; Jared Burcham caught one pass for 28 yards; Collin Prosser caught one pass for 10 yards.

Bon Homme

Scott Ranek caught two passes for 62 yards; Jason Tjeerdsma caught two passes for 9 yards; Justin Hajek caught one pass for 55 yards; Chad Hovorka caught one pass for 18 yards.

"It was somewhat frustrating that we just couldn't put Bon Homme away with a couple more touchdowns early in the second half," said coach Gary Culver. "We allowed them to get back in the game by the turnovers we committed and the big plays we gave them. We can ill afford to play this way in our next three games if we expect to win."

Culver, however, was pleased with the Tanager's ball control offense and praised the defense for doing a "great job through nearly all the game, other than a couple of plays," he said. "We will not be able to give up the big plays in our next three games."

Vermillion will now take a 5-0 record into their game against the Beresford Watchdogs (4-1) on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

"The Watchdogs have battled some injuries as of late, but they have had a tremendous season through the first five games," Culver said. "We know they treat the Vermillion game like it was the Super Bowl. We hope that we can eliminate a few of the fumbles that plagued us against Bon Homme. We cannot afford to turn the ball over against the Watchdogs. We will have to be ready to play all four quarters on Friday night."

This will be Parents' Night for the Tanager football team. Parent introductions will begin at 7:10 p.m. prior to the game.

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