VMS football teams end season with split by Jim Prosser In a double header involving Vermillion Middle School vs. the Yankton seventh- and eighth-grade football teams, at the VHS practice field on Tuesday, Oct. 19, the results were mixed.
The seventh graders won 28-8; the eighth graders lost 44-6.
Here are the summaries of the two games.
Offense � Touchdowns by Nick Mart (2), Chris Mart and Kylen Friedel, helped put the game out of reach for the young Bucks. Vermillion posted 236 yards rushing and 64 yards passing.
Defense � Yankton was held to only 52 rushing yards and and were held scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Individual stats: Nick Mart � 5 Ts, Tom Anderson 3 Ts; Michael Walker and Tim Tigert � 2 Ts each; Kylen Friedel intercepted a pass.
"This was a huge win against rival Yankton to finish the season with a 5-1 record," said coach Jason Gault.
The eighth graders had their best defensive effort of the year, led by Andrew Eidem, Michael Oberle, and Tyler Steele each who had 6 Ts and were supported by a host of others.
"Our kids played out their responsibilities and the linebackers did a great job filling the gaps," said coach Jamie Parish. "Yankton was big and strong which caused some problems on the line. Offensively we struggled to move the ball, but the threesome of Eidem, Oberle, and Steele led the offense, and Blaine Olson had a few good grabs to gain some of our passing yards. This group of kids really improved as the year went on. Our final record was 2-3."
In a game played at O'Gorman on Saturday, Oct. 16, the seventh-grade team had their only blemish on their record when they suffered a 14-12 loss. Vermillion was a half yard away from tying the score on a 2-point conversion attempt.
Tanner Mart and Nick Mart were each credited with touchdown runs. Leading tacklers for the game were Nick Anglin and Garrett Smith-Keller.