Tanager JV football gets a grips on errors by Jim Prosser In an early 2004 season football game, played at the South Sioux City Cardinal Field on Tuesday Sept.7, the Tanager JV team faced adversity in the early going against the Cardinals as they fell behind 20-0 as a result of a flurry of three fumbles which led to three touchdowns for the Cardinal JV team.
But, by not panicking, the offense steadily improved and dominated the second and third quarters, scoring 30 points. A late score by the Cardinals made the final score Vermillion -30, SSC-26.
Kyle Brunick played a solid, error-free game at quarterback, leading the Tanager JV to its first victory with a 2 for 9 passing contribution to the cause, plus a pass for 2 pts.
Offensively, Sam Laprath gained 89 yards on 15 carries, scoring four touchdowns and a 2 point conversion. Andrew Pier was the leading rusher gaining 103 yards on 18 carries. He also ran for a 2 pt. conversion.
South Sioux ran its new spread offense, with some success, gaining 14 first downs in the game (many on pass plays). But, the Tanager defense countered quickly and solidly after deciphering that offense.
Bobby Dykstra played an exceptional game with 8 solo and 4 assisted tackles, breaking up 3 passes and intercepting 1. Joe Miller continually harassed the Cardinal passing attack gaining 3 solo QB sacks and sharing another. He also had 2 solo tackles and scored a 2 pt. conversion. Chonka Wilch registered 6 solo and 1 assisted tackles. Ryan Scheidel had 6 solo and 4 assisted tackles, and had a key third quarter interception leading to the final touchdown He also blocked a point after kick attempt.
First Downs 16
Rushes/yds 46/204 Passing Yards 21 Total offense 225 Passing 3-9-0
First Downs 14
Rushes/yds 21/59 Passing Yards 103 Total offense 162 Passing 12-19-4
Besides the sterling efforts by those previously listed, a stiff defense involving the whole Vermillion roster had some other successes by Tony Kronaizl � 5 Ts; freshman Jerrod Freidel � 4 Ts, 3 pass breakups; Tony Turner � 5 Ts, 1 QB sack; Ryan Gilbertson � 2 Ts, 3 brk-ups, 1 interception; Brandon Hansen � 3 Ts, 1 interception.
Dan Mollet, despite being double-teamed most of the time, consistently disrupted the SSC pass protection.