Tanagers celebrate homecoming by defeating Canton C-Hawks 26-0

Tanagers celebrate homecoming by defeating Canton C-Hawks 26-0
There were unusual happenings in the opening quarter of the VHS Tanager Homecoming game played in the Dakota Dome, last Friday, Sept. 14, when they faced traditional foe Canton C-Hawks.

Vermillion quickly gained momentum in the first quarter, helping them shut out the C-Hawks 26-0.

The Tanagers took the opening kick and went 3 and out, with the punt carrying 50 yards, placing the C-Hawks near their 10 yard line where they fumbled. The Tanagers ran four plays , but couldn't score.

After gaining a few yards, quarterback Zach Majeres threw a pass, intercepted by Jerrod Freidel, who returned the ball 20 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Reid Meierkort kicked the extra point.

Neither team could mount much of an offensive thrust in the first half. The Tanagers had only 11 plays and one first down. They did, however, score another defensive TD when Cory Taggart intercepted another Majeres pass, returning it 21 yards. Meierkort kicked the extra point.

This was a really tough defensive battle but the Tanagers controlled the ball for 18 plays during the fourth quarter while the C-Hawks had only six plays – including three running plays and three pass plays – but had to punt twice and didn't get close to the Tanager goal line.

The Tanager defense was awesome throughout the game, intercepting four passes, recovering a fumble and causing three other fumbles,. The defense sacked the Canton quarterback three times.

Leading defenseman was Cody Miller – 11 Ts, one for 8 yds loss, 2 QB sacks. Andrew Eidem – 10 Ts; Luke Heine – 8 Ts, 1 QB sack; Mike Oberle – 5 Ts, 1 pass K; Heath Hubert – 5 Ts, 1 for a loss; Nick Mart – 4 Ts, fumble recovery; Tom Mollet – 4 Ts; Jerrod Freidel – 4 Ts, pass intercept. Cory Taggart broke up a pass and intercepted one; Meierkort intercepted a pass.

First quarter

Vermillion – Jerrod Freidel: 29-yard interception return for TD; Reid Meierkort kick, 6:48. Cory Taggart: 21-yard interception return for TD.

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