VHS freshmen post second win

VHS freshmen post second win
The Vermillion High School freshmen football squad combined a balanced rushing attack on offense with a stingy, hard-hitting defensive effort to secure a 14-6 victory over the visiting Elk Point-Jefferson junior varsity at Vermillion High School Athletic Complex football field on Monday, Sept. 25. With the win over the Huskies, the freshmen squad remained undefeated on the season with a 2-0 record.

Kylen Freidel capped off a 12-play, 51-yard drive to score from two yards out with 8:21 to go in the second quarter to put the young Tanagers up 6-0. This is the way the first half ended. The VHS freshmen controlled the ball on offense throughout the first half but could only muster the one score.

In the second half, after both defenses continued to play solid for both teams, the young Tanagers got a big turnover. Earl Kiertzner intercepted a pass at his own 32-yard line and returned it 10 yards to the Tanager 42-yard line to set up the second Tanager score.

On first down, Jordan Robinson took a hand off on a double reverse and sprinted 58 yards for the touchdown. The score came with 5:31 left in the fourth quarter. Kylen Fredel added the two-point conversion run and the freshmen held a 14-0 lead.

The Tanager defense took over for the rest of the game as they continually stopped the Elk Point-Jefferson offensive drives. The Huskies did manage to put in a score with 26 seconds left in the game as Josh Gross scored on a one-yard run, but it was too little, too late.

Offensively, the Tanagers had 152 yards in total offense. 142 yards came via the rushing game while the remaining 10 yards were by passing. Individually, Jordan Robinson led the rushing attack with eight carries for 87 yards. He was followed by Kylen Freidel with seven carries for 31 yards and Nick Mart had six carries for 17 yards. Freidel completed one of three passes for 10 yards.

Defensively, the young Tanagers were led by Nick Mart with nine tackles. He was followed by Tanner Mart with eight tackles, Jordan Robinson, six, Kylen Freidel, six, Chase Allen, six, Earl Kiertzner, five, Ben Knutson four, Gerrit Heine, three, Evan Hanson, three, Crosby King, three, Tom Amundson, two, Josh Thin Elk, one, and Mike Walker, one.

Jason Gault, offensive coordinator, said, "We really put together a solid offensive performance. We probably should have scored at least one more time but we hurt ourselves with penalties throughout the entire game. We need to eliminate theses kinds of mental errors if we want to have success in our upcoming games. It was a real credit to our offensive line the way we were able to rush the football so effectively against the EPJ junior varsity team. Our backs also continue to improve in their blocking and this is great to see. It was just a great team effort throughout the entire contest."

Joe Delvaux, defensive coordinator, said, "Our guys got some great hits on the defensive side and it started from the opening kickoff until the final gun sounded. Anybody that played on the defensive side for us played with a 'chip' on their shoulder and really put some 'sticks' on the EPJ junior varsity running backs. We limited EPJ to 125 yards in total offense and over 70 yards of that came in the final four minutes of the game when they got their only score. I was really pleased with our overall defensive effort. This is the way we have to play in our remaining games if we want to have success!"

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