JV football squad captures second win of season

JV football squad captures second win of season
The Vermillion High School junior varsity football squad combined a balanced offense with a stingy defense to secure a 22-14 victory over visiting Sioux Falls Roosevelt at the Vermillion High School Athletic Complex football field on Monday, Sept. 18.

With the win over the Rough Riders, the junior varsity squad remained undefeated on the season with a 2-0 record.

Jackson Freidel tossed a 19-yard scoring pass to Cory Taggart to open the scoring for the young Tanagers in the first quarter. Freidel then converted a 2-point conversion pass to Blaine Olson to put the Tanagers up 8-7. This score capped a 5-minute drive for VHS after Roosevelt had taken an early lead on an impressive 6-minute drive of their own to open the game.

Freidel continued to shine on offense as he capped off another Vermillion drive with a 6-yard run midway through the second period. This score put the Tanagers up 14-7, but the lead was short-lived. On the ensuing kickoff, the Sioux Falls Roosevelt return man took it back 80 yards and the extra point attempt was converted to knot the score at 14-14. This is the way the first half ended.

In the third quarter, the Tanagers capped off a drive on an impressive 27-yard run by Andrew Eidem. he also added the 2-point conversion on a nifty run and Vermillion led 22-14.

The Tanager defense took over for the rest of the game as they continually stopped Rough Rider offensive drives. The Tanager offense continued to run the clock down with their rushing attack and the junior varsity ended up securing the win.

Offensively, the Tanagers had 209 yards in total offense. The rushing game resulted in 151 yards, while the remaining 58 yards were by passing. Individually, Mike Oberle led the rushing attack with 13 carries for 71 yards. He was followed by Andrew Eidem (14 carries for 54 yards) and Jackson Freidel (13 carries for 26 yards). Freidel completed 9 of 13 passes for 58 yards. Blaine Olson caught three passes for 24 yards and Cory Taggart caught two passes for 24 yards.

Defensively, the young Tanagers were led by Cody Miller and Heath Hubert with seven tackles each. They were followed by Mike Wilson, six tackles, Tony Thomas, five, Nick Mart, three, Kyle Nemec, three, Greg Anderson, three, Andrew Eidem, two, Jeff Anglin, two, Tanner Mart, two, Grant Lueders, two, and Blaine Olson, two. Tony Thomas and Mike Wilson each had one interception to lead the pass defense.

"We really put together another solid offensive performance," said Jason Huska, offensive coordinator. "We had very few turnovers, limited our mental mistakes, and did not have one penalty the entire game. This is a real credit to the discipline of these young men. Our offensive line did a great job, especially in the second half. We hope to continue this type of performance next week."

"After a slow start in which we allowed Sioux Falls Roosevelt to take the ball on the opening drive and score, we came back and played great team defense the rest of the game," said Roger Heirigs, defensive coordinator. "Their only other score came on a specialty team breakdown – otherwise we held them in check the remainder of the game. I thought our young players really started to hit after their first score and this was very pleasing to see as a coach."

The junior varsity will next be in action as they travel to Lennox to battle the Orioles in a game on Monday, Sept. 25. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

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