Madison tops Tanagers 14-13 in heartbreaker

Madison tops Tanagers 14-13 in heartbreaker
The Tanagers created some bad situations early in the game when they fumbled on their own two-yard line, giving the Bulldogs a really short field and a TD by Pete Nelson. Then following a 65-yard drive, including a couple penalty yards, and a slashing 34-yard dash by Nelson, followed by a 1-yard plunge by Nick Dreyer, for their last score of the night. Jeff Smith kicked their EPs.

In the second quarter, the Tanagers mounted a somewhat short drive aided by a couple penalties and 30 yards rushing capped by a 6-yard run by Jerrod Freidel. The defense pretty much kept the Bulldogs at bay but it took a couple breaks to aid the cause. The visitors fumbled on the 40-yard line and in the attempts to recover it, the Tanagers gained about 30 yards when Kyle Hubert finally made the recovery and led to a 5-yard TD run by Andrew Pier. Jose Nesselhuf made one of two EP kicks.

It appeared that the home team would prevail, but some more bad situations kept them out of the endzone during the final 17 minutes.

The defense was adequate as they recovered 2 fumbles and broke up 4 pass attempts. Tony Kronaizl was a stalwart defenseman registering 8 tackles (2 for a loss), K'd a pass, and recovered a fumble; Mike Hanson recorded 6 Ts, Joe Miller had 5 Ts and four others registered 4 Ts each.

Rushing stats

Vermillion ��Cody Hays rushed 18 times for 81 yards. Andrew Pier rushed 20 times for 70 yards and 1 TD. Jerrrod Freidel rushed 2 times for 6 yards and 1 TD.

Madison � Pete Nelson rushed 18 times for 96 yards and 1 TD. Nick Dreyer rushed 2 times for 2 yards and 1 TD.

Passing stats

Vermillion � Kyle Brunick completed 1 of 4 passes for minus-7 yards and 1 interception. Reid Meierkort completed 1 of 1 pass for 21 yards.

Receiving stats

Vermillion � Joe Miller caught 1 pass for 21 yards. Andrew Pier caught 1 pass for minus-7 yards.

"This was probably one of the most disappointing losses that I've suffered in some time," said coach Gary Culver. "It was a game in which we squandered too many opportunities on the offensive side and just did not play with the kind of intensity you need on the defensive side. We allowed Madison two early scores which gave them a tremendous amount of momentum and confidence and we never got in a rhythm all night long.

"We can't dwell on this loss as we have to get ready for an exceptional Lennox football team which may have the best balanced offensive unit that we have seen this season," he continued. "They have so many weapons offensively and really give a defensive unit fits. We need to rebound from this loss and play solid football."

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