When the dust settled at the end of the fourth quarter, Vermillion emerged victorious, defeating South Sioux City 27-12.
Vermillion's opening kickoff to the Cardinals was returned 58 yards to Vermillion's 34-yard line by Chico Hernandez. It took only six plays for South Sioux to score a touchdown as Angel DeLao scored on a 12-yard run. The extra point kick failed, and the Cardinals quickly jumped ahead 6-0.
After those uncommon mistakes of the Tanager defense, the offense made up for the shortcomings and took control with an awesome display of rushing the ball, covering 64 yards on 13 runs, including a 28-yarder by Mike Oberle, and six first downs.
Oberle opened the second quarter with a 23-yard run. After a three and out by the Cardinals, Vermillion's offense racked up five more first downs as they controlled the clock with five long runs and three short ones.
Jerrod Freidel scored on an 1- yard dash. The Cardinals went 55 yards on 6 plays including an 18-yard pass, and a 39 run that ended with a touchdown by DeLao. That was the extent of the Cardinal's offensive output for the night.
The Tanagers controlled the ball for 14 first downs during the second half, squelching any attempt by the home team to respond. Freidel and Oberle led the charge and each scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Andrew Eidem carried most of the rush offense, and Reid Meierkort completed a 15-yard pass to Kylen Freidel. The Cardinals were left with trying to get back into the game with passes, but never made a dent in the vaunted Tanager defense
Leading defenseman was Luke Heine – 10 Ts, two for losses, 1 fumble recovery. Mike Oberle – 6 Ts, 2 pass KDs; Andrew Eidem – 2 Ts, 1 pass brkup; Reid Meierkort – 4 Ts, one for a loss, 1 pass KD; Jerrod Freidel – 4 Ts; Cody Miller – 2 Ts, 1 pass KD; Heath Hubert and Kyle Nemec each had 2 stops, Nemec had a 10 yard QB sack; Grant Lueders recovered a fumble, and Jackson Freidel intercepted a pass.
SSC – Angel Delao, 12-yd run (kick failed) 9:09.
VHS – Mike Oberle, 3-yard run (Reid Meierkort kick) 10:30; VHS – Jerrod Freidel, 11-yard run (Reid Meierkort kick) 5:12; SSC – Angel DeLao 35-yard run (extra point conversion failed) 1:59.
VHS – Jerrod Freidel, 35-yard run (Reid Meierkort kick) 8:10; VHS – Mike Oberle, 2 yard run (extra point conversion failed) 4:51.
Individual rushing stats
Vermillion – Jerrod Freidel rushed 29 times for 188 yards and two TDs. Mike Oberle rushed 14 times for 95 yards and two TDs. Andrew Eidem rushed seven times for 50 yards. Luke Heine rushed six times for 30 yards. Reid Meierkort rushed one time for 9 yards.
South Sioux City – Angel DeLao rushed 11 times for 87 yards and two TDs. Jovanny Jinminez rushed three times for 10 yards. Chico Hernandez rushed three times for six yards.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion ��Reid Meierkort completed one of four passes for 15 yards and one interception.
South Sioux City ��Kyle Bernstrauch completed seven of 16 passes for 102 yards and one interception.
Vermillion ��Kylen Freidel caught one pass for 15 yards.
South Sioux City ��Brenner Pantoja caught two passes for 32 yards. Aaron Satterwhite caught two passes for 21 yards.
Vermillion will now take a 2-0 record with them as they head into their third game of the season. The Tanagers travel to Dell Rapids Friday, Sept. 7, to battle the Quarriers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Dell Rapids won their first two games of the season and also stand at 2-0. They defeated Flandreau 40-0 in their opener and beat Canton 37-0 last week.
Dell Rapids was the 2006 Class 11A State Runner-up as they lost to Canton in the championship game, 27-20, in double overtime.
"I'm extremely proud of the way our kids reacted to being down 6-0 after an early specialty team miscue on our kickoff coverage team and some early lapses on the defensive side. We didn't panic and just stuck with the game plan and played solid football," said coach Gary Culver. "We played better defense as the game progressed, but our offense really turned into our best defense as we got our rushing attack going from the second quarter throughout the rest of the game.
"We let South Sioux City run only two offensive plays the entire fourth quarter and our time of possession was well over 11 minutes for the fourth quarter," he said. "I thought our offensive line really came of age this game and all our running backs ran extremely hard on every play. We just want to continue to improve on this performance next week.
"We don't have much time to savor this win as we travel to face one of the top-rated football teams in Class 11A – the Dell Rapids Quarriers," Culver said. "They lost to Canton in the Class 11A championship game last season and very easily could have won the game. This will be another great challenge for our team this week, but I know we will be prepared for the road trip to Dell Rapids on Friday."