Tanagers salvage victory vs. Winner One Winner Warrior wasn't enough to stop the Tanager's Jordan Anderson, who led Vermillion's offense Friday, rushing 14 times for 125 yards. by Jim Prosser Last Friday, Oct. 8, Vermillion was faced with a lot of adversity in the game against the Warriors from Winner.
Playing unusual situations created by lost fumbles, the Tanagers were able to use two sustained scoring drives of 10 plays, 57 yards, and 14 plays, 61 yards to take a 14-0 lead at halftime.
The Tanagers kicked off to open the game and held the visitors to a three-and-out situation. The Warriors' punt went 30 yards but was fumbled by the Vermillion receiver, giving Winner great field position and creating a formidable "hill to climb" for the defense.
It was a common theme for the whole game as the home offensive team lost a total of six fumbles (a Tanager all-time record). If not for some sterling efforts of the defensive unit, it could have led to disaster.
Instead, a one-man wrecking crew, in the form of kicker and defensive end Sean Pederson, used his abilities to the fullest. He had two kickoffs into the end zone and a 57-yard punt to help keep the opponents far away from the goal line. He also was credited with 13 tackles, two pass breakups, three tackles for loss, and two QB sacks, giving 30 yards of losses for Winner. The only Winner score was a short field pass in the third quarter.
Besides Pederson, the Tanagers had many outstanding players. He was backed up by Tony Kronaizl � 7 Ts; Donny Stewart � 6 Ts, 1 for a loss; Andrew Pier � 6 Ts, 1 for loss, 2 pass Ks; Jordan Anderson recorded 6 Ts, 1 pass K; Kyle Hubert broke up a pass and recorded 4 Ts; Ben Oberle, Andrew Pier, and Sam Laprath each intercepted a pass to stop the Warrior offense.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion � Jordan Anderson rushed 14 times for 125 yards; Ben Oberle, 15 for 70 and 1 TD; Cody Hays, 9 for 23; Kyle Brunick, 7 for 15 and 1 TD.
Winner � Brandon Tritle, 14 for 67; Ben Curtis, 4 for 8; Chas DeMers, 5 for 6; Jeremiah Assman, 4 for 1; Nick Sabol, 6 for
Individual passing stats
Vermillion � Adam Brunick completed 0 for 1 pass; Ben Oberle, 0 for 1.
Winner � Nick Sabol � 5 for 14 for 51 yards, with 3 interceptions and 1 TD.
Vermillion � None.
Winner � Mitch DeMers caught 2 passes for 32 yards and 1 TD; Brandon Tritle, 1 for 11; Dane Driscoll, 1 for 5; Jeremiah Assman, 1 for 3.
"We were very happy to be able to claim a Parents' Night victory against Winner, considering we turned the ball over on six fumbles," said coach Gary Culver. "Usually, you don't win many football games when you cough up the ball that many times. The Vermillion-Winner game has been a great rivalry throughout the years and Friday night proved to be no different. We couldn't breath easy until the last play was completed.
"I thought our defense did an outstanding job against a good Winner offense," he continued. "They came through in some crucial situations throughout the night after we had turned the ball over after a lost fumble. Sean Pederson had an outstanding game from his defensive end position. In fact, he had one of the best individual all-around performances we've had from a VHS player in some time. Our special teams also played outstanding football for most of the night."
Vermillion will now take a 3-3 record into their Big Eight Conference clash with the Madison Bulldogs. Madison has a 0-6 record heading into the conference battle.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Madison on Friday, Oct. 15. Fans should note this is one-half hour earlier than the usual kickoff time.
"Our game at Madison will be a real challenge for our team," Culver said. "Madison has lost some very close games this season so their record is deceiving. They have some excellent skill position players."
with great speed. We will need to keep them in check. If we can control the football with our offense it may prove to be crucial to our success in this game."