The Tanagers scored first, but couldn't overcome the talented Tigers as they were held to "3 and out" situations six times during the game, and had to depend on a passing offense for most of the last three quarters.
The first quarter was pretty much a standoff as the teams traded punts for several possessions. With a couple of minutes to go, Harrisburg had a punt blocked by Blairne Olson, which set up a 47-yard pass from Reid Meierkort to Kylen Freidel for their only score.
The Tigers controlled the second quarter, rushing 17 times and passing five, as they took charge of the scoring while racking up 13 first downs.
The rest of the game was mostly a wash and the Tigers scored a short field TD near the end of the game.
Tanager defensive statistics: Luke Heine – 11 Ts, 4 for loss, 1 QB sack; Jerrod Freidel – 7 Ts, 2 pass K; Tom Mollet – 7 Ts, 1 for loss; Nick Mart – 6 Ts; Heath Hubert – 4 Ts; Andrew Eidem – 3 Ts, 1 fumble recovery. Meierkort intercepted a pass. Every member on the defense roster was credited with at least one tackle.
VHS: Kylen Freidel 47 yd. pass from Reid Meierkort (kick failed) 1:39.
HHS – Alex Hill 2 yd. run (Josh Knust kick) 9:10.
HHS – Alex Hill 3 yd. run (Josh Knust kick) 1:55.
HHS – Brandon Kovash 38 yd. pass from Adam McNammara (Josh Knust kick) 2:41.
HHS – Adam McNammara 2 yd. run (Josh Knust kick) 3:06.
Individual Rushing Stats
Vermillion: Jerrod Reidel rushed 18 times for 64 yds. Luke Heine rushed 8 times for 15 yds. Mike Oberle rushed 1 time for 2 yds.
Harrisburg: Preston Harries rushed 11 times for 48 yds. Jordan Titze rushed 8 times for 27 yds. Alex Hill rushed 9 times for 20 yds. and 2 touchdowns. Joey Brown rushed 2 times for 17 yds. Steve Miller rushed 3 times for 8 yds. Tim Voegeli rushed 1 time for 5 yds.
Individual passing stats
Vermillion: Reid Meierkort completed 8 of 18 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown and one interception.
Harrisburg: Adam McNamara complete 6 of 13 passes for 153 yds. and one touchdown and one interception.
Vermillion: Kylen Freidel caught four passes for 83 yards and one touchdown; Jackson Freidel caught two passes for 26 yards; Mike Oberle caught two passes for 14 yds.
Harrisburg: Tim Voegeli caught three passes for 88 yds. Brandon Kovash caught two passes for 57 yds. Will Nelson caught one pass for 8 yds.
Vermillion will take a 3-4 record into their last regular season game as they travel to Hartford to play the West Central Trojans on Thursday, Oct. 18. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The Trojans are 7-0 and are the number one ranked team in Class IIA. The Harrisburg Tigers, now 6-1 on the season, hosted the Dell Rapids Quarriers on Thursday.
"I felt our kids played hard the entire four quarters of football against an excellent Harrisburg team. The Tigers have some great skill position players that came up with some big plays for them in crucial third down situations that was really the difference in the game. We didn't capitalize in the red zone after we had blocked a punt early in the third quarter that may have also proved to be a big difference-maker in the game as well. These are the kinds of things that separate 'good' teams from 'great' teams, which I believe our players understand," commented Coach Gary Culver.
"We now need to regroup and get prepared for a great challenge as we close out the regular season on the road against number one ranked West Central Trojans. I know our kids will play hard as we get prepared for the playoffs which will follow the following Tuesday (Oct. 23)."