Tanagers suffer through adversity to a 47-0 loss

Tanagers suffer through adversity to a 47-0 loss
On Friday, Sept. 15 there were very few positives for the Tanagers as the West Central Trojans out-defensed the VHS football team, holding the visitors to only three first downs while rolling up 350 yards of offense.

The Trojans dominated the defense and capitalized on Tanager mistakes (a fumble on the 6-yard line, and a 95-yard kickoff return) both for TDs). The game was played in adverse weather conditions, temporarily halted at halftime for a windy thunderstorm to move through the Hartford area (about 30 minutes).

Vermillion's defense was not enough to stop the Trojans, even though the linebackers made the most stops, they were 5 to 10 yards from the scrimmage line. However the team came up with 86 tackles for the game.

Tanager leaders on defense were: Mike Oberle 19 Ts; Luke Heine – 18; Jerrod Freidel – 13; Zach Weiss and Heath Hubert – 7 each; and Jackson Freidel – 5; 13 other defensemen had at least one tackle; Reid Meierkort recovered a fumble.

First quarter

WCHS – Nate Hogan 18-yard fun (Chris Wenk kick) 8:57; Brady Clark 1-yard run (Wenk kick) 3:27; Mychal Rechtenbaugh 6-yard fumble recovery (Wenk kick) 3:20.

Second quarter

WCHS – Nate Hogan 2-yard run (Wenk kick) 5:59.

Third quarter

WCHS – Mike Galliger 95-yard kickoff return (Wenk kick) 11:23; Dylan Peterson 3-yard run (kick failed) 2:51.

Fourth quarter

WCHS – Dylan Peterson 1-yard run (kick failed) 2:53.

Individual rushing

Vermillion – Jerrod Freidel rushed 12 times for 17 yards; Mike Oberle rushed 2 times for 17 yards; Luke Heine rushed 6 times for 11 yards; Andrew Eidem rushed 1 time for 4 yards; Reid Meierkort rushed 6 times for -12 yards.

West Central – Chris Grace rushed 9 times for 71 yards; Nate Hogan rushed 9 times for 65 yards and 2 TDs; Cody Lowe rushed 7 times for 44 yards; Mychal Rechtenbaugh rushed 11 times for 42 yards and 1 TD; Mike Galliger rushed 6 times for 41 yards and 1 TD.

Individual passing

Vermillion – Reid Meierkort completed 1 of 10 passes for 6 yards.

West Central – Bucky Needles completed 2 of 3 passes for 28 yards.

Receiving stats

Vermillion – Bobby Dykstra caught 1 pass for 6 yards.

West Central – Bryce Snyder caught 1 pass for 11 yards; Mike Galliger caught 1 pass for 17 yards.

"It was an extremely frustrating night for our team in Hartford," said coach Gary Culver. "We were simply out-played in all phases of the game. We had breakdowns on offense, defense and the specialty teams. We took a step backwards in this game.

"I felt we had made good progress through the first three contests and had continued to improve each week," he continued. "That was not the case this time. But we don't have time to dwell on this loss as we face a very tough opponent, the Beresford Watchdogs, in our homecoming game this week. They are always ready to play Vermillion and we want to use homecoming as a great motivation for this game. I know our team will get back on track and be ready to play hard on Friday night."

The Tanagers, who dropped their record to 1-3, will host the Beresford Watchdogs for their Tanager Day homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in the DakotaDome on Friday, Sept. 22.

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