Tanagers suffer serious setback by Jim Prosser There were very few positives for Vermillion as they met perennial nemesis West Central last Friday, Oct. 24 in the DakotaDome, which resulted in a 36-0 loss.
The Trojans dominated every phase of the game as they continued their Class 11A position as one of the recent controlling factors in the championship struggle.
The only bright spots in a dark and dreary loss were a couple goal line stands (a pass interception by Tyler Brown in the end zone; and a fumble recovery by Kellen Cusick at the 5 yard line.)
The scoring summary and the "stats in the box" tell the tale of the game. The Tanagers had only one long rush of 10 yards and a couple long pass plays (32 yards and 18 yards) for the offense.
Leading the VHS defenders was free safety Ben Oberle with 14 tackles and a pass knockdown. He was backed up by Cusick � 13 Ts, fumble recovery; followed by Collin Prosser � 12 Ts, 1 QB hurry; and Jordan Anderson � 12 Ts. Also, Brown had 7 Ts along with his interception and Kyle Mollet recorded 6 Ts, 4 solos.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion � Kellen Cusick rushed 6 times for 22 yards; B.J. Campbell, 6 for 15; Cody Hays, 2 for 8.
West Central � Derek Zacharias, 18 for 89 and 1 TD; James Lemke, 24 for 193 and 3 TDs.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion � Adam Brunick completed 5 of 9 passes for 55 yards and 1 interception; Kyle Brunick, 1 of 1 for 18 yards.
West Central � Jordan Smithback, 3 of 8 for 98 yards and 1 interception.
Vermillion � Tyler Brown caught 5 passes for 55 yards; Joe Miller, 1 for 18 yards.
West Central � James Lemke, 1 for 42 yards, Dustin Wheeler, 1 for 51 yards.
"We just got an old fashioned lesson from West Central in how the game of football is supposed to be played," said coach Gary Culver. "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," he continued. "It was equally frustrating that we could not stop their running game on the defensive side. Hopefully we can learn from this game and make ourselves a better team.
"Although it was another frustrating loss to West Central for our team, we don't have time to hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves," Culver added. "This is not the way we wanted the regular season to end, but now we have to get ourselves ready for the playoffs � a brand new season for everyone. We have to be ready to play each and every down like it was the last play of the season!"
Vermillion will now take a 6-2 season record into their first round playoff game against the Harrisburg Tigers on Thursday, Oct. 30 in Harrisburg.