Tanagers top Madison with super 'A game' Vermillion's Tyler Brown (32) runs a sweep for a big gain during the Tanagers' game with the Madison Bulldogs Friday in the DakotaDome. Brown carried the ball five times and gained 22 yards. Clearing the way for Brown in this play are Jordan Anderson (51) and Kellen Cusick (23). Brown also caught a 24-yard pass and scored a touchdown. by Jim Prosser Last Friday, Oct. 17, it was Parents' Night in the DakotaDome, as Vermillion displayed its "A game," for an encounter against an expected high powered Madison Bulldog eleven.
The Tanagers took the opening kickoff and went three and out putting the Bulldogs on their 35-yard line. On their third play, QB Rob Thuringer attempted a pass which was snagged by B.J. Campbell and returned 43 yards to the Madison 9 and the first short drive of one play on a 9-yard end sweep for Campbell's touchdown midway through the first quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Madison's QB was sacked near the mid field line by Sean Pederson for a 2-yard loss and fumble which was covered by the Tanager's Jordan Anderson. This set up a 7-play, 47-yard, 3-minute drive completed by a 24-yard pass to Tyler Brown from Adam Brunick. The EPs failed on both TDs.
Part of the game plan was to control the ball on offense, use up a lot of time, and take advantage of the visitor's mistakes. Madison only ran nine plays in quarter #1.
They finally made a couple first downs, and mounted a drive near the end of the second quarter which was ended by a 4-yard QB run and a 7-12 deficit with 2:29 on the clock.
The kick off by the Bulldogs was returned to the 15, and the next quick drive for the home team was a 1-play, 85-yard TD scamper by Campbell in 14 seconds. The EP was a fake kick, run by Brown for 2!
With Madison placed near the 30-yard line, and time running out, Collin Prosser intercepted a pass which set up another short drive � this time it was a 4-play, 30-yard 1-minute TD on a 10-yard pass to Prosser from Brunick. Kellen Cusick plunged 3 yards for 2 points and a halftime lead of 28-7.
The second half belonged to the home team as they used 26 running plays to Madison's 13 even, though the Bulldog's did score on a 35-yard pass to Billy Osterberg near the end of the third quarter.
The Tanager possessions were time consuming, turf gobbling drives of 11 plays, 65 yards, 4:53 minutes; and 10 plays, 58 yards, 5:23 minutes in the final quarter and were terminated by a 12-yard run for Campbell, and a 13-yard charge by Cusick.
Defense was a strong part of the successes, too. Collin Prosser and Sean Pederson were stalwart defensemen registering 13 tackles between them; Pederson � 5, 1 QB sack, 2 QB hurries; Prosser � 8 plus an interception, 2 pass knock downs and a QB sack for 10 yards. Also sharing the tackle barrage were: Cusick, Kyle Mollet, Campbell, and Anderson � each of whom were credited with 6 Ts. Ben Oberle had 4 Ts and recovered a fumble. Cody Hayes and Jacob Geis each registered 4 tackles.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion: B.J. Campbell rushed 17 times for 159 yards and 3 TDs; Kellen Cusick, 18 for 93 and 1 TD; Ben Oberle, 8 for 35; Tyler Brown, 5 for 22.
Madison: Matt Barrick, 7 for 46; Adam Hanson, 6 for 32; Brad Letcher, 6 for 25; Sam Johnson, 3 for 14.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion: Adam Brunick completed 2 of 6 passes for 34 yards and 2 TDs.
Madison: Rob Thuringer, 5 of 11 for 104 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions.
Vermillion: Tyler Brown caught 1 pass for 24 yards and 1 TD; Collin Prosser, 1 for 10 and 1 TD.
Madison: Bill Osterberg, 2 for 68 and 1 TD; Brad Letcher, 2 for 37.
"It was a great Parents. Night victory for our team," said coach Gary Culver. "It was nice to get an opportunity to play a lot of players in the game. Our offensive line did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage. We were able to rush the football effectively and control the clock. Our specialty teams played well also. Our defense, it has all season, played very well against a highly explosive Madison offense."
Vermillion will now take a 6-1 overall record (2-0 in the conference) into their game against the West Central Trojans this Friday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the DakotaDome.
"It should be an exciting matchup this Friday night in the DakotaDome," Culver said. "It is what every high school player dreams about � #1 vs. #2! Our guys also have to remember that this is not the end of the season. It is one more regular season game on the schedule and does not determine the state champion.
"But the game should draw a great crowd and a lot of media attention � which certainly adds a lot of flavor to the game. West Central has an excellent team again this season and they have been playing very well after their season opening loss to Madison. We've had some great battle with the Trojans over the years and I would expect this game to be no different than in the past."