Tanagers thrash Beresford Watchdogs 34-12 by Jim Prosser The Tanagers celebrated homecoming by playing another complete offense, defense, special teams performance as they thrashed the Beresford Watchdogs 34-12, last Friday in the DakotaDome.
Everyone on the VHS roster contributed to the Tanager Day celebration as the starting varsity scored early and often building a 21-0 advantage in the first quarter.
Following a punt return of 36 yards by Tyler Brown, it took only three plays and 24 yards in less than 2 minutes to score the first TD on a 3-yard QB keeper by Adam Brunick. A Brunick to Brown 34-yard run and pass play became the second score, and Kellen Cusick covered 18 yards before BJ Campbell ran in from 8 yards out for the third.
The second quarter had a mixture of varsity and JV reserves playing, and holding the Watchdog offense to 77 total yards and no points in the first half.
The third quarter used a 50-yard run by Campbell to set up the fourth TD of the game and Collin Prosser caught a 12-yard pass preceeding Cusick's consecutive 13- and 9-yard plunges for the final home team score. Sean Pederson was 4 for 5 in extra point tries.
After that, the game was turned over to the substitutes who played to the final gun. Beresford scored twice in the fourth and racked up most of their yardage against a stubborn and determined young squad.
Tom Keiser went 38 yards on a pass from Derrick Goodman for their first score; and Chad Andrews ran from 4 yards out to end the scoring.
Because the whole Tanager team was in the game at various times, the defensive stats are spread around but there were some outstanding efforts by a few. Among them were: Prosser � 9 tackles including a QB sack and T for loss; Sean Pederson � 7 Ts, a QB sack, and a pass breakup; relief man Ryan Mockler � 6 Ts, a QB sack, pass breakup, and pass intercept; Rich Boyd � 5 Ts and a pass breakup; Cody Hays � 5 Ts. Adam Brunick and Kyle Mollet each recovered a fumble.
Of course, Beresford had some significant defensive play also! Keiser had 10 Ts and recovered a fumble; Rick Cristensen � 8 Ts; Preston Crissey � 7 Ts, fumble recovery; Jeremy Barnes and Luke Zweifel � 7 Ts each.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion � BJ Campbell rushed 10 times for 121 yards and 2 TDs; Kellen Cusick rushed 10 times for 66 yards and 1 TD; Kyle Brunick rushed 4 times for 16 yards; Kyle Hubert rushed 4 times for 9 yards; Ben Oberle rushed 3 times for 8 yards; Rich Boyd rushed 2 times for 7 yards; Adam Brunick rushed 4 times for 4 yards and 1 TD; Cody Hays rushed 4 times for 4 yards; Tyler Brown rushed 1 time for minus 1 yard.
Beresford � Ryan Docken rushed 14 times for 31 yards; Chad Andrews rushed 7 times for 25 yards and 1 TD; Cody Erlandson rushed 3 times for 18 yards; Tom Keiser rushed 5 times for 9 yards; Jeremy Barnes rushed 2 times for 5 yards; Chantry Ross rushed 1 time for 4 yards; Seth McGill rushed 3 times for minus 2 yards.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion � Adam Brunick completed 4 of 4 pases for 65 yards and 1 TD.
Beresford � Seth McGill completed 7 of 18 passes for 78 yards and 1 interception; Derrick Goodman completed 1 of 2 passes for 38 yards and 1 TD.
Individual receiving stats
Vermillion � Tyler Brown caught 1 pass for 34 yards and 1 TD; Collin Prosser caught 3 passes for 31 yards.
Beresford � Tom Keiser caught 5 passes for 82 yards and 1 TD; Preston Crissey caught 1 pass for 16 yards; Caleb Merriman caught 1 pass for 9 yards; Rick Christensen caught 1 pass for 9 yards.
"It was a great Tanager Day Homecoming victory for our team," said Tanager coach Gary Culver. "We have struggled against the Watchdogs throughout the years so it was nice to get an opportunity to play everyone in the game. Our offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage.
"We were able to rush the football effectively and also mix in the pass," he continued. "Adam Brunick continues to make good decisions at the quarterback position. BJ Campbell and Kellen Cusick gave us a good one-two punch in the rushing game. Our specialty teams continue to play well. Our defense, as it has all season, played outstanding against the run and pass."
Vermillion will now take a 3-0 record into its next game against the Luverne Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 26. The Cardinals have a 2-2 record. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Luverne, MN.
"We are looking forward to our road trip to Luverne this coming Friday," Culver said. "We know that Luverne has a history of good football and the Southwest Conference they are in is one of the most competitive in the area. It will be a great challenge for our kids and will also be fun to play a different opponent from a neighboring state."