Freshman football team battles Lennox Orioles

Freshman football team battles Lennox Orioles
The freshman football team improved its record to 4-0 with a victory over a tough Lennox team on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Tanagers began the game with a defensive stand and then a 60-yard punt return by Kylen Freidel. With the ball on the 20-yard line, QB Earl Kiertzner connected with Freidel for a 20-yard TD pass. The offense couldn't convert the PAT but led 6-0. On the ensuing drive, Lennox put together a nice drive culminating with a rushing touchdown and a successful two-point conversion. The score was now Lennox 8 – Vermillion 6.

In the second quarter, the Orioles picked off a Freidel pass. In a drive that lasted almost the entire quarter, Lennox went the length of the field and scored its second TD of the game on an eight-yard rush. The halftime score was Vermillion 6 – Lennox 14.

The Tanagers came out a different team in the second half. On their first possesion, a 60-yard drive was capped off with a Tanner Mart 15-yard sprint into the end zone. Nick Mart helped his brother's cause and tied the game with a successful run for the two-point conversion. Lennox tried to answer back with a score of their own but Kylen Freidel high pointed a ball for an interception and 60-yard TD return. Score: Vermillion 20 – Lennox 14.

A salty defense stopped Lennox again and then the Vermillion offensive put together an impressive drive finishing it off with a Nick Mart TD run of five yards and two-point conversion via Bennet Johnson. The score at the end of three quarters was Vermillion 28 – Lennox 14.

In the fourth quarter the Tangers' offense scored once more on a Kylen Freidel 40-yard scamper. The two-point conversion was a successful Kiertzner to Freidel connection in the end zone. The Tanager defense took over the rest of the game, keeping Lennox from scoring. The "D" finished off the game with a great goal line stand. The final score was Vermillion 36 – Lennox 14.

Leading rushers for the Tanagers were Kylen Freidel with 207 yards and Tanner Mart with 60 yards. Earl Kiertzner was 3/3 in passing and had 60 yards. Freidel was the leading receiver with 36 yards.

On defense Vermillion's leading tacklers were Josh Thin Elk, six solos; Nick Mart, six solos; Chase Allen, five solos; and Jordan Robinson, four solos; Mike Walker, Tim Tigert and Garret Heine all had sacks as well.

Coach Jason Gault said, "Lennox was a great team today and I don't think we were mentally ready to play this ball game. However, I was very proud of the way the boys regrouped at half time and didn't just give up. It took a lot of heart to have the second half that they did."

Coach Joe Delvaux added, "Our defense was a tale of two halves. In the first half we couldn't do anything right, in the second half we had guys flying to the football and lineman getting in the backfield. Our defensive backs adjusted well to Lennox's passing attack."

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