Tanagers reverse fortunes at Beresford

Tanagers reverse fortunes at Beresford
The game began in a typical fashion with the teams exchanging punts. Then, near the middle of the first quarter, Andrew Pier intercepted a pass and the Tanagers went 24 yards in five plays, scoring a touchdown with a five-yard run by Pier. Before the night was over, Pier, acting like a one-man wrecking crew, returned two punts of 83 and 40 yards for touchdowns, led the team in rushing, and recorded four tackles and a pass knockdown.

The defense for the Tanagers kept the Watchdogs bottled up between the 20-yard markers. Cody Hayes contributed a fumble recovery (he snagged a lateral pass at the two-yard line) and then scored on a two-yard run. He also recorded five Ts. Jerrod Freidel scored the other TD on a four-yard run. Jose Nesselhuf kicked five of six extra points.

The Tanager defense was led by Canka Wilch with 10 tackles; Chris Taylor and Mike Hanson each registered seven Ts. Kyle Hubert intercepted a pass to squelch a Watchdog drive. There were 73 total tackles by the winners.

Rushing stats

Vermillion � Andrew Pier rushed 12 times for 68 yards and 1 TD. Cody Hays rushed 15 times for 64 yards and 1 TD. Luke Heine rushed 3 times for 17 yards. Jerrod Freidel rushed 4 times for 15 yards and 1 TD.

Beresford � Dayne Goodman rushed 30 times for 137 yards and 1 TD. Derrick Goodman rushed 7 times for 11 yards.

Passing stats

Vermillion � Kyle Brunick completed 2 of 5 passes for 22 yards.

Beresford � Derrick Goodman completed 5 of 13 passes for 89 yards and 2 interceptions.

Receiving stats

Vermillion � Paul Hammond caught 1 pass for 14 yards. Joe Miller caught 1 pass for 8 yards.

Beresford � Cody Strong caught 4 passes for 74 yards. Corey Coggins caught 1 pass for 15 yards.

"We were extremely happy to gain an important road win against a team that historically we have had trouble with in the past, especially at their home field," said coach Gary Culver. "Our offense gained some confidence as we were able to move the ball on the ground much better this week. Our defense came up with some big plays as we held Beresford from scoring when they were in the red zone on three separate occasions and came away with nothing.

"Our overall specialty team play was outstanding and accounted for three scores on the night," he continued. "We still have room for improvement as we get ready for a Big Eight Conference foe, the Madison Bulldogs. They have some excellent skill position players and usually a large offensive line. It will be another great challenge for our players this week."

Vermillion will take its 2-3 record into the game against the Bulldogs at home on Friday, Sept. 30. The Bulldogs have a 2-2 record. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome. Fans should note the start time is one-half hour earlier than normal.

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