Eighth-grade football team has tough loss at Yankton

Eighth-grade football team has tough loss at Yankton by Jim Prosser The Redbird eighth-grade football team played a very entertaining close game against a determined and hard hitting eighth-grade team at the YMS field on Tuesday, Oct. 21, but couldn't overcome a couple of big plays by the opposition to suffer the 26-14 loss.

The score was tied 6-6 at halftime.

"The team played really well," said coach Jason Gault. "Fumbles and missed tackles were the major problems in the second half."

Scoring drives for the Redbirds were completed by a Cody Miller 15-yard run and a Matt Nelson 10-yard dash. Daniel Storm made a 2-point conversion. Miller completed 3 of 5 passes for 58 yards, and Jordan Merrigan made one catch for 30. Luke Heine rushed for 35 yards, Miller � 24 yards, Storm � 29, and Nelson � 22.

The defense was effective for the entire game. Leading tacklers were: Ryan Husby with 6; Heath Hubert and Daniel Mollet � 5 each; Heine had 4 Ts.

The season record ended 1-5, in a very tough league, losing three of their five by a TD or less. Coaches Gault and Lauren Tolsma agree that this is a great group of athletes and look forward to see them improve and develop into high school football players for VHS.

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