The Tanagers struck again when Kylen Freidel ran for a 60-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The salty Tanager defense held Canton scoreless in the first half with only 70 yards of total offense.
The second half proved to be a defensive struggle. Major defensive contributors for the Tanagers were Nick Mart with 8 solo tackles, Garret Heine with 6 solos and Chase Allen with 4 solos. With their bend but don't break philosophy, Vermillion wore down the opposing offense and forced two turnovers and three punts.
Canton scored a late touchdown on a Peterson run of 20 yards to make things interesting with one minute left in the game. However, a failed two-point conversion and a botched onside kick received by Chase Allen sealed their fate.
"We have some great individuals on this team, but more importantly, these guys know how to play as a team," said Coach Gault. "It's been a great group to work with, and I look forward to seeing them succeed at varsity and JV levels next year."
Coach Delvaux commented, "I'm very proud of these young men, I hope all of them hit the weights hard and continue to improve their athleticism."
Freshman football team: Jordan Robinson, Chris Mart, Earl Kiertzner, Kylen Freidel, Preston Ellenbolt, Cody Merrigan, Will Schaffer, Tanner Mart, Mike Millage, Bennett Johnson, Nick Mart, Ryun Fischbach, Brian Hansen, Marcus Sand, Josh Thin Elk, Crosby King, Nick Anglin, Ben Knutson, Gerrit Heine, Tom Amundson, Chase Allen, Mike Walker, Ryan Kost, Tim Tigert and Evan Hanson.