Tanagers falter in late stages vs. Beresford by Jim Prosser In a classic defensive struggle between recent traditional foes, the Tanagers withstood the constant pressure of the Watchdogs for 46 minutes before succumbing in the waning minutes for a 7-0 loss.
While neither team had them in their plans, the game was marred by seven total fumbles, shared by both teams, but also included two blocked kicks and an intercepted pass, plus a total 140 shared individual tackles.
Defense was the watchword as Beresford's Ryan Docken had 12 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick, and Preston Crissey contributed 10 Ts to his team's 60 stops. The duo was also instrumental in the scoring � a 12-yard pass from Seth McGill to Crissey, with Crissey kicking the EP. Other defensive standouts were: Steven Bogue � five Ts, fumble recovery; Derrick Goodman � six Ts; Joe Landeen and Paxton Crissey � four tackles each.
The Tanager defensive effort was no slouch either (nearly 80 tackles)! Jordan Anderson had 10 tackles; Ben Oberle � nine Ts, blocked kick; Cody Hayes � nine Ts; Donny Stewart and Tony Kronaizl � eight Ts each; Sean Pederson � six Ts, pass breakup, QB sack; Andrew Pier � five Ts, pass interception (in the endzone); also registering five tackles each were Mike Hanson and Jacob Geis.
The offensive stats show the complete picture for the game.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion � Ben Oberle rushed 18 times for 82 yards; Cody Hays 14 for 67; Jordan Anderson 7 for 23.
Beresford � Tysen Cotton 25 for 69; Ryan Docken 6 for 27; Dayne Goodman 8 for 22; Seth McGill 7 for 9.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion � Ben Oberle completed 3 of 6 passes for 19 yards; Kyle Brunick was 0 for 1.
Beresford � Seth McGill completed 7 of 11 passes for 90 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception.
Individual receiving stats
Vermillion � Sean Pederson caught 2 passes for 16 yards; J.J. LaMie 1 for 3 yards.
Beresford � Preston Crissey 4 for 44 yards and 1 TD; Ryan Docken 2 for 21 yards; Derrick Goodman 1 for 25 yards.
"We were our own worst enemy throughout the night with turnovers and penalties," said coach Gary Culver. "The turnovers gave us poor field position throughout the night but I'm happy with the way our defense responded throughout the game.
"As the game progressed, I felt it was going to take one score to win the game and this proved to be the case," he continued. "Unfortunately, Beresford was the team that scored. We had some opportunities to move the ball and score but we failed to capitalize and that proved to be the difference in the game.
"It was a tough loss for our guys but I know we'll come back that much more determined to play hard for four quarters this week and be ready for our homecoming game," Culver added.
The Vermillion Tanagers take a 1-2 record into their Tanager Day homecoming game against the Luverne Cardinals on Friday, Sept. 24. The Cardinals have a 2-1 record. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the DakotaDome.
"We are looking forward to our Tanager Day game against Luverne, MN, 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 to see if we can bounce back from two losses that we might have turned into victories if we did not 'shoot ourselves in the foot.'
"Homecoming is always a lot of fun for the school and community, but we must certainly focus on the task at hand and be ready for the Luverne Cardinals," Culver added.