Tanagers suffer 22-14 loss to C-Hawks By Jim Prosser While the turnovers were limited, the Tanagers still made some mistakes as they accumulated 60 yards in penalties and were unable to catch the Canton C-Hawks in the opening game of the 2005 season.
The game was played at Coplan Field in Canton on Friday, Aug. 26.
After Canton took the opening kickoff the Tanagers held, forcing a punt. Vermillion couldn�t move the ball and also had to punt. This format consumed most of the first quarter until Canton�s Eric Kolveck scored on a 9-yard run. The second quarter was a wash and the halftime score stood at 6-0.
After the half, there were a couple of possession exchanges before Vermillion tied the score on a 2-yard run by Andrew Pier. The C-Hawks rallied with a 9-yard run by Brett Jarman and, with a 2-point conversion, took a 14-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Jarman scored on 17-yard run and another 2-point conversion made the score 22-6. The Tanagers countered with a super pass from Kyle Brunick to a streaking Andrew Pier, a 65 yarder for the score. Pier also ran in the 2-point conversion. The onside attempt was controlled by Canton and they ran out the clock for a 22-14 final score.
Defense was again the byword for both teams. The Tanager defense was led by Tony Kronaizl with 11 tackles. Luke Heine had eight tackles and recovered a fumble; Kyle Brunick and Bobby Dykstra each recorded six Ts; Pier had five stops and intercepted a pass; Jerrod Freidel was also credited with five Ts; Cody Hayes broke up a pass and had an interception.
�There were both positives and negatives in our opening game against a good Canton C-Hawk football team,� said coach Gary Culver. �Obviously we are unhappy that we could not come out on the top side of the ledger and secure a road win.
�On the positive side, I thought we moved the football offensively very well at times but certainly ?shot ourselves in the foot� with numerous penalties throughout the night,� he continued. �We must really improve in this area in our second game.
��Our specialty team play, for the most part, was good for the first game of the season,� Culver added. �Defensively, I was disappointed with our rush defense, especially from the middle of the third quarter through the finish of the game. Canton simply beat us at our own game of ?smash-mouth� football. We hope, as a coaching staff, that we will see great improvement in all areas as we get ready for our next game against the South Sioux City Cardinals.�
Vermillion � Andrew Pier rushed 22 times for 98 yards and 1 TD and 1 2-point conversion; Cody Hayes rushed 7 times for 44 yards.
Canton � Brett Jarman rushed 17 times for 143 yards and 2 TDs; Cameron Schrempp rushed 9 times for 49 yards.
Vermillion � Kyle Brunick completed 3 of 7 passes for 95 yards and 1 TD.
Canton � Ben Bolin completed 3 of 5 passes for -7 yards and 1 interception and completed 2 two-point conversion passes.
Vermillion � Andrew Pier caught 1 pass for 65 yards and 1 TD; Bobby Dykstra caught 1 pass for 25 yards; Joe Miller caught 1 pass for 5 yards.
Canton ��Tyler Anderson caught 1 pass for -7 yards; Jake Versteeg caught 2 2-point conversion passes.
Vermillion will now take a 0-1 record into their second away game of the 2005 season as they face the South Sioux City Cardinals Friday night, Sept. 2 at Cardinal Athletic Complex in South Sioux City, NE. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Fans should note that this is one-half hour earlier than the usual kickoff time.