Trojans defeat Tanagers 18-0 by Jim Prosser There were very few positives for Vermillion as they fell to perennial nemesis West Central 18-0 Friday, Oct. 18 in the DakotaDome.
A defensive struggle and run oriented offense by both teams kept the clock running as the teams exchanged a couple possessions on punts but the Trojans scored early in the second quarter.
They mounted a 14-play, 73-yard, five-minute drive. After the kickoff return of 25 yards by Jared Burcham, the Tanagers made their only significant offensive effort as they covered 43 yards and a couple first downs before losing the ball on a fumble.
West Central then used up most of the remaining half with another time consuming drive covering 60 yards on 11 plays to a TD.
The second half was more of the same except for a fumble recovery by the Tanagers in the endzone for a touchback which forestalled the inevitable until midway in the fourth quarter when the final Trojan score followed an eight-play, 53-yard, five-minute control of the ball and the game final 18-0 score.
The Tanagers were faced with playing a lot of defense that made for a statistical "overkill" on the wrong side of the ball.
Leading the VHS defenders was Jeff Brevik with 18 tackles. He was backed up by Bart Miller � 15 Ts, two pass breakups; Kellen Cusick � 12 Ts; followed by Collin Prosser and Sean Pederson who each recorded nine; and Adam Brunick eight. Jared Burcham had four Ts and a fumble recovery; B.J. Campbell � four Ts and a pass breakup. Drew Lawrence was credited with five tackles.
Kellen Cusick rushed 15 times for 49 yards.
B.J. Campbell rushed eight times for 21 yards.
Bart Miller rushed one time for two yards.
Derek Zacharias rushed 26 times for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Zak Morken rushed 12 times for 87 yards.
James Lemke rushed seven times for 37 yards and one touchdown
Brett Anderson rushed five times for 13 yards and one touchdown.
Jon Brooks completed five of eight passes for 31 yards.
Brett Anderson completed four of nine passes for 116 yards.
Kellen Cusick caught two passes for five yards.
Collin Prosser caught one pass for 13 yards.
Jared Burcham caught one pass for nine yards.
B.J. Campbell caught one pass for four yards.
James Lemke caught two passes for 69 yards.
Brandon Lambert caught one pass for 18 yards.
Slade Hinrichs caught one pass for 29 yards.
Vermillion will now take a 6-1 record into their final regular season game against the Winner Warriors.
The Warriors have a 5-2 record. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in Winner.
"It was another frustrating loss to West Central for our team," coach Gary Culver said, "but we don't have time to hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves. We have a very important road trip to Winner to end the regular season."
Culver noted that the upcoming game "will certainly have important playoff ramifications," he said, "as Winner and Vermillion are in the same region for the playoffs.
"We just got an old fashioned lesson from West Central in how the game of football is supposed to be played," Culver continued. "They beat us at our own game � ball control offense on the ground, solid defense and good specialty team play. It was frustrating that we just could not generate anything consistently on the offensive side of the football.
"It was equally frustrating that we could not stop their running game on the defensive side," the coach continued. "It was better in the second half, but then we let them convert some big third down situations and hold onto the ball. Hopefully we can learn from this game and make ourselves a better team."