Freshmen find rhythm; win against Beresford by Jim Prosser Thursday last week, Sept. 23, at the VHS field, the weather was not perfect in the opening quarter as a sudden cloudburst affected the play for the football game pairing the Beresford ninth- and tenth-graders against the home standing Tanager freshman/ sophomore team.
Both schools felt the necessity to augment their freshmen squads and it took three quarters before anyone scored. Thankfully, the Tanagers got that accomplished as a 43-yard pass from quarterback Reid Meiercort to Jerrod Freidel gave the home team a 6-0 lead opening the fourth.
Then later in the game Freidel scored on a four-yard run, following an 11-play drive. He led the offense gaining 74 yards on 12 carries. Meiercort was 4 for 9 passing for 73 total yards gained with one interception.
On defense: Luke Heine had six tackles and one QB sack; Chris Taylor and Jacob Geis each had four Ts; Paul Hammond and Ryan Husby were credited with fumble recoveries, and pass interceptions were claimed by Cody Miller, Jackson Freidel, and Meiercort.
Coach Jason Huska was pleased with the team's performance.
"Considering the conditions, we played good football in the second half," he said. "It took awhile to get into the groove, but we found our rhythm offensively and got things rolling! Defensively we did a sound job, causing turnovers, and that's what we need to be successful."