After going scoreless through 22 minutes of the first half, the home standing Tanagers made use of a two-minute scoring bonanza when Andrew Eidem went three yards for a TD, and ran for the EP conversion. Canton went three and out, punting to near the midfield stripe. The Tanagers' Tony Thomas completed a 42-yard pass to Eidem for a TD as time ran out for the half and Eidem ran for the 2-point conversion..
This was a really tough defensive battle, but the Tanagers steadfastly controlled the C-Hawk offense and the final score was a tribute to them.
Leading defenseman was Grant Lueders – 9 Ts. Jordan Robinson and Tanner Mart each had 5 Ts; Earl Kiertzner, Jeff Anglin, Tyler Steele, Chase Allen, and Nick Anglin a recorded 3 Ts. Jeff Anglin and Chase Allen each recovered a fumble. Nearly the whole roster was credited for at least one tackle.
Individual Rushing Stats
Vermillion – Andrew Eidem rushed 18 times for 111 yds. and one TD; Jordan Robinson rushed 11 times for 34 yds.; Tanner Mart rushed 4 times for 17 yds.; Cory Taggart rushed 1 time for 2 yds.; Earl Kiertzner rushed 1 time for 0 yds.
Canton – Tyler Johnson rushed 10 times for 48 yds.; Ethan Trubbe rushed 4 times for 38 yds.; Jake Kloster rushed 9 times for 30 yds.; Kirby Bowyer rushed 11 times for 13 yds.
Individual Passing Stats
Vermillion – Tony Thomas completed 2 of 2 passes for 51 yds. and one TD; Earl Kiertzner completed 1 of 2 passes for 17 yds.
Canton – Kirby Bowyer completed 0 of 1 passes for 0 yds.
Vermillion – Blaine Olson caught 2 passes for 26 yds.; Andrew Eidem caught 1 pass for 42 yds. and one TD.
Canton – none.
"I was really pleased with the way we came out and went on the attack on the offensive side today as compared to last week against Dell Rapids. Our offensive line did a great job today opening up holes for our runningback. Andrew Eidem had a great day for us. He did a great job of getting yards after contact. In fact, all our backs did a nice job rushing the football today," said Jason Huska, offensive coordinator.
"Our entire defense again played pretty solid football throughout the entire game. After their first drive, we really never let them mount a serious threat the rest of the afternoon. We had some great hits by a lot of different players on our defense today. In fact, I thought it was the hardest we've hit as a team all season. We want to continue this type of aggressive play on the defensive side the rest of the year," said Roger Heirigs, defensive coordinator.