The young Tanagers, although holding a huge margin in time of possession and number of offensive plays run, were guilty of seven turnovers, three interceptions and four fumbles in the contest which aided the Dakota Valley cause. The game was played at the VHS field.
Offensively, Tyler Husby was the leading rusher with 21 carries for 85 yards. As a team, the young Tanagers rushed 41 times for 114 yards. Also rushing the ball for the team was Dexter Mehlhaf (14 yards) and Andrew McCann (15 yards).
Jason Gault, offensive coordinator, said, "The score was not indicative of how we played in this game. We moved the ball very effectively throughout the afternoon, but we 'shot ourselves in the foot' with the seven turnovers. If we can eliminate these, we can compete with anyone on a given day."
Defensively, the Tanagers were lead by Dexter Mehlhaf with six tackles followed by Jake Knudson four, Cody Olson (four), Carson Sullivan (three), Andrew McCann (three), Tyler Husby (three), and Scott Iverson (two). Joey Mueller, Gage Thomas, Jerod Ceretti, and Marquis Knight each added one tackle apiece.
Joe Delvaux, defensive coordinator, said, "The turnovers really hurt us as far as field position and we gave up too many big plays also. The combination of those two things obviously lead to the final score.
"I was pleased with the effort our kids gave, and the hitting was much improved from our first game. If we can eliminate the turnovers, we can be in a great position to win any of the remaining games on our schedule."