Tanagers calmly create chaos for the Cardinals Friday

Tanagers calmly create chaos for the Cardinals Friday By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Calmly going about their business after an intercepted pass was returned for a South Sioux City touchdown early in the second quarter, the Vermillion Tanagers recovered splendidly from�? that 7-0 deficit to defeather the Cardinals, 30-7, in the DakotaDome Friday night. The Tanagersâ�?�? exhilarating triumph featured not only a�? collection of breathtakingly huge plays but also a solid domination of the line of scrimmage by�? their offensive line from the second period on. â�?�?We didnâ�?�?t panic and just stuck with the game plan and played solid football,â�? said a happy Coach Gary Culver.�?  â�?�?Iâ�?�?m extremely proud of the way our kids reacted to being down early.â�? Culver said his offense â�?�?really turned into our best defense as we got our rushing attack going from the second quarter throughout the rest of the game.�? All our running backs ran extremely hard on every play.â�? The Tanagers are hoping for a large and noisy hometown crowd this week for what could easily be called the Game of the Week in Class 11A football.�? Vermillion puts its 2-0 record on the line against another 2-0 team, Dell Rapids, as the Quarriers make their first return to the Dome since losing in double overtime to Canton in the state title game two seasons ago. Dells has opened this campaign with a pair of impressive wins â�?�? 40-7 over Flandreau and 39-6 over Canton. But Vermillionâ�?�?s defensive unit is yet to be scored on in two games. â�?�?This will be another great challenge for our team,â�? Culver said, â�?�?but I know we will be prepared for the Quarriersâ�?�? visit.â�?�? Kickoff time is 7 p.m. Friday. Last year the two clubs were both 2-0 when they met in week number three at Dell Rapids, and the Quarriors prevailed in overtime. Vermillion gained 327 yards on the ground in 48 carries against a monstrous South Sioux line, including 190 yards in the decisive third quarter.�? Adding in 72 yards gained on one pass completion, the total yardage advantage over the Cardinals turned out to be 399-217. The Tanagersâ�?�? first possession was hampered by a penalty, but punter Jordan Robinson launched a kick with a longer hang time than a helium-filled balloon.�? South Sioux could get no return and had to start from its own 16.�? The possession ended on a sack by Blaine Olson, and after a Cardinal punt, Vermillion got the ball in South Sioux territory. The Tanagers got as far as the 22 before running out of downs. South Siouxâ�?�?s second possession took the Cards down to the Tanager 33 where a completed screen pass went for a loss, thanks to coverage by Mike Oberle and Grant Lueders.�? The Cards recovered thanks to a long punt, and the Tanagers had to take over from their own 19. On the third play an Earl Kiertzner pass was picked off by Nick Zimmerman and returned 12 yards for a score with 11:08 left in the half. The�? Tanager offense seem-ed to recharge from that occurrence, beginning to advance the ball on rushes by Oberle and Andrew Eidem.�? However, motion and blocking penalties on successive plays put the�? offense in a first-and-28 hole on their own 45.�? Robinson came to his teamâ�?�?s rescue on fourth down. In punt formation Robinson seemed to think there was no reason to get smothered by an oncoming avalanche of South Sioux beef, so instead of going through with a punt and having it blocked, he ran with the ball, escaping the big bruisers with his speed and then finding clear sailing to the end zone. Fifty yards later, he reached paydirt, and his extra-point kick tied the game. That stunning turn of events�? ignited Vermillionâ�?�?s defense.�? Nick Mart, Oberle and Lueders stopped a pass receiver for a loss on second down and knocked down a third-down pass as well. The Cardinal punt was rushed due to a high snap.�? Cory Taggartâ�?�?s return to the Cardinal 20 was nullified by a clipping call, but Oberle carried for four yards and�? Eidem for three to the Tanagersâ�?�? own 41.�? From there on third down, Oberle rumbled 57 yards until he was tripped up at the two-yard line.�?  On�? third down from the one, Oberle bulled over, and Vermillion had a never-to-be-lost lead. Kylen Freidel made a touchdown-saving tackle on a long first-down run by Adam Bobier on�? South Siouxâ�?�?s ensuing first-down play. Mixing up runs and passes, the Cardinals did their best to tie the game again, but a first-down pass from the 10-yard line�? was contained at the seven by the Tanager defense as the half ended. The third period was�? less than two minutes old when Eidem accomplished Vermillionâ�?�?s next mammoth play, carrying the mail 67 yards for a score. South Sioux answered with a possession that included a 45-yard pass completion from Jess Grave to Taylor Roberts, but a fumble recovery by�? Olson at the 15�? was the next big play for Vermillion. Three plays later Kiertzner connected with a wide-open Freidel on third down from the 28, and Freidel went the distance, 72 yards to paydirt. Oberle ran the conversion in for two points and a 27-7 Tanager lead. Robinsonâ�?�?s ensuing kickoff rolled dead, and while the Cardinals were pondering who should pick up the ball and run with it, Vermillionâ�?�?s Bennet Johnson pounced on it.�? Six plays later his alertness was translated in to a 27-yard Robinson field goal to complete the�? gameâ�?�?s scoring. Nick Mart stepped up big-time on South Siouxâ�?�?s next possession with a touch down- saving tackle near midfield.�? A fourth-and-four run was stopped by Oberle and Tom Amundson to regain possession for Vermillion.�? By that time the contest was moving into the fourth period, and Vermillion�? came up with exactly what the doctor ordered â�?�? a time-consuming possession that started with a 23-yard run by Robinson and continued until a 20-yard touchdown run by Eidem was nullified by a holding penalty.�? A subsequent field-goal try was missed, but by that time the Cardinals were out of time and out of hope. Emerging junior quarterback Kiertzner refused to be rattled by�? his own interception that went for a Cardinal touchdown.�? His coolness set a tone for the whole team- â�?�?�? just settle down and do the job â�?�?�? and thatâ�?�?s what the Tanagers did. Nine different men carried the pigskin for Vermillion, led by Eidemâ�?�?s 129 yards in 18 carries, Robinsonâ�?�?s 96 yards in five rushes, and Oberleâ�?�?s 94 yards in 16 tries. On the defensive side Oberle was like a mad bull, gaining eight solo tackles and one assist. Second quarter South Sioux City â�?�?�? Nick Zimmerman, 12-yard interception return (Chico Hernandez kick), 11:08. Vermillion â�?�? Jordan Robinson, 50-yard run (Robinson kick), 6:45; Mike OBerle, one-yard run (kick failed), 2:36. Third quarter Vermillion â�?�? Andrew Eidem, 67-yard run (run failed), 10:38; Kylen Freidel, 72-yard pass from Earl Kiertzner (Oberle run), 6:21; Robinson, 27-yard field goal, 4:38. Individual rushing Vermillion â�?�? Eidem 18-129, Robinson 5-96, Oberle 16-94, Freidel 1-11, Dexter Mehlhaf 1-3, Preston Ellenbolt 1-1, Tony Thomas 2-0, Cory Taggart 2-(-2), Kiertzner 2-(-5). South Sioux City â�?�? Adam Bobier, 16-80, Zimmerman 2-19, Hernandez 2-8, Sean Roberts, 6-(-5), Jesse Grave 2-(-10). Individual passing Vermillion â�?�? Kiertzner 1-3-72-1. South Sioux City â�?�? Grave 6-10-77-0, Roberts 8-11-48-0. Individual receiving�?  Vermillion â�?�? Freidel 1-72. South Sioux City â�?�? Taylor Roberts 3-55, Bobier 5-34, Jordan Schmidt 1-14, Kyle Hanish 1-13, Hernandez 1-5, Zimmerman 2-4. Tackles (solo/assist/total) Vermillion â�?�? Oberle 8-1-9, Freidel 3-1-4, Taylor Clark 4-0-4, Nick Mart 4-0-4, Grant Lueders 4-0-4, Gerrit Heine 3-0-3, Blaine Olson 2-0-2, Tanner Mart 2-0-2, Chris Cameron 2-0-2, Tom Amundson 2-0-2, Taggart 2-0-2, Chris Mart 1-1-2, Travis Jerred 1-0-1, Tyler Husby 1-0-1, Ellenbolt 1-0-1, Eidem 1-0-1, Jeff Anglin 1-0-1, Robinson 1-0-1, Kyle Nemec 1-0-1, Greg Anderson 1-0-1, Marquis Knight 1-0-1. Tackles for loss Vermillion â�?�? Oberle, Heine, Olson 2, Knight. Fumble recoveries Vermillion â�?�? Olson, Bennet Johnson. Pass knockdowns Vermillion â�?�? Oberle, Thomas. South Sioux City 0 7 0 0 7 Vermillion 0 13 17 0 30 Statistics VHS SSC First Downs 20 5 Rushes-yards 59-298 31-71 Passing yards 63 29 Total yards 361 100 Passes 2-4-1 3-9-2 Punts/avg. 2/36.0 5/32.0

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