Yankton overcomes VHS Tanager freshmen 29-14 by Jim Prosser On Thursday, Oct. 3, the freshman football team faced a tough Yankton team, with only a one-day layoff, after winning the Oct. 1 contest over Sioux City East.
In a hard-fought game, the Yankton frosh scored first at the 5-minute mark of the first quarter and later scored on a blocked punt into the endzone to make it 14-0 going into the second.
The home team kept an intensive defense going and held the Bucks to three rushing and two passing plays the second quarter and when Yankton's QB fumbled, Cody Hays scooped it up and ran 85 yards for a TD with :08 minutes to the halftime score of 14-8.
The third quarter belonged to Yankton as they scored two more TDs while holding Vermillion scoreless until the Tanagers scored in the final quarter to make the score 29-14.
Both teams made nine first downs, Vermillion rushing for 155 yards on 43 carries, Yankton went 141 rushing yards on 26 carries. Passing stats were VHS � Kyle Brunick 2-6 (12 yards), YHS � Ben Hovland 4-8 (87 yards).
Our team statistics were mainly dominated by the defense since Hays was responsible for 127 yards on 17 carries to go with his fumble return for most of our offense.
The young Tanagers made a gallant effort on defense. Leading the tacklers were: Chris Merrigan � seven Ts, a fumble recovery; Mike Hanson � six Ts, one pass breakup ; Kyle Hubert � five Ts, fumble recovery; Karlis Baisden, Matt Sands, and Roman LaMie � five each.
Freshman coach Jason Huska commented, "We faced a good Yankton team. They made some big plays that really made our fight an uphill battle. We had some good things offensively and we also did a good job causing turnovers. It was another learning experience."
The team record stands at 1-4.