Vermillion dominates Madison <br />34-0 in season-opening game Friday

Vermillion dominates Madison
34-0 in season-opening game Friday By Parker Knox
Sports Writer If you had told Coach Gary Culver a week ago that his Tanagers, in their season opener, would put five touchdowns on the board, hold the opposition scoreless, post a conference victory on the road and get a solid game out of a junior quarterback in his first varsity start, even the veteran Vermillion High mentor would likely have said that was a bit much to expect. But thatâ�?�?s what he got â�?�? all of it! â�?�? as Vermillion dominated Madison, 34-0, Friday. â�?�?I felt we really put a complete game together in all phases â�?�? offense, defense and specialty teams,â�? said Culver after kicking off his 32nd season as coach of the Tanagers. â�?�?It was just a great team effort with no real standouts among all who played.�? Everyone just did his job all night long.â�?�? Culver said his club will need to continue to improve in all phases as they prepared for South Siouix City in the home opener at the DakotaDome at 7 p.m. Friday. â�?�?They have some excellent speed at the skill positions and are capable of breaking a big play at any time,â�?�? Culver said of the Cardinals, who are coming off a winless 2007 season and a 26-0 loss Friday to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.�? â�?�?I know theyâ�?�?ll be ready to play and try to rebound from their season-opening loss.â�?�? The game against South Sioux will be the first of five home games among the seven remaining regular-season contests.�? Beyond keeping their momentum rolling, the game is important to the Tanagers in that they would earn bonus seeding points for beating a Class â�?�?AAâ�? school. At Madison the Tanagers ran 63 offensive plays to the Bulldogsâ�?�? 40. â�?�?Thatâ�?�?s the way you would always like to have it,â�? Culver said. At the same time, his defense restricted Madison to only three first downs through three quarters and forced the Bulldogs to punt on five of their first eight possessions, extending well into the final period. A fumble recovered by Grant Lueders ended another possession, and interceptions by Mike Oberle and Tony Thomas took the ball away from Madison on the other two. â�?�?Any time you can rush for nearly 300 yards, the offensive line deserves a lot of credit,â�?�? Culver observed. He started Kyle Nemec and Chase Allen at the tackle slots, Nick Mart and Chris Cameron at the guards and Lueders at center. Benefactors of the O-lineâ�?�?s great work were Vermillionâ�?�?s one-two punch of Andrew Eidem and Oberle. Eidem carried 26 times for 156 yards, and Oberle gained 73 yards in 16 attempts. Earl Kiertznerâ�?�?s debut as varsity quarterback earned his coachâ�?�?s praise. â�?�?He showed good command on the field and great leadership,â�? Culver said. The Vermillion defense kept Madison in check by allowing only 100 total yards, including 71 on the ground in 31 carries.�? Gerard McCarthy, who had a 458-yard season a year ago, was contained to only 35 yards in 13 carries. Culverâ�?�?s starting defensive lineup included Travis Jerred and Gerrit Heine at tackles, Cameron at guard, Blaine Olson at right end, Cory Taggart and Jordan Robinson at cornerbacks, Kylen Freidel at free safety and Eidem, Oberle, Mart and Lueders at linebacker spots. Robinson was also one of the bright lights on the Tanager specialty teams. Besides punting twice, he nailed four of five extra-point kicks. Vermillionâ�?�?s second possession of the game began with a 56-yard burst by Eidem, but that opportunity ended with a Madison interception in the end zone on a fourth-down play. The next time they had the ball, however, a second-and-17 play from the Bulldog 48-yard line resulted in a Kiertzner completion to Taggart, who went 46 yards to the two-yard line from where Oberle bulled over�? through a hole created by Lueders, Cameron and Allen. Two�? plays later, the Tanagers were back in business after Lueders recovered the ball when it was hiked over the Madison quarterbackâ�?�?s head. Eidem scored on a third-down run from the five-yard line. Vermillion scored on its third straight possession when a drive started on the Madison 30, thanks to Cameronâ�?�?s recovery of a fumble on a Tanager punt return. In six plays Vermillion was up by 21-0 after Eidemâ�?�?s touchdown from four yards out. The Tanagers almost scored just before halftime. Olsonâ�?�?s sack of Bulldog quarterback Chris Shafer forced the Bulldogs to go to the air to try to get on the scoreboard. But a fourth-and-14 pass from the Vermillion 41 was intercepted by Oberle. The big guy returned it 42 yards to the 20 where the last possible Madison tackler, Shafer himself, stopped Oberle as the half ended. Vermillion didnâ�?�?t score in the third period, but, even better, the offense put on a relentless, time-consuming 11-play possession that ate up a huge chunk of clock. Just seconds into the fourth quarter, Freidel caught a Kiertzner pass over the middle and translated it into a 27-yard touchdown play. A fourth-quarter possession that made the coaching staff smile was a five and a half minute, 13-play, 87-yard march by the offenseâ�?�?s second unit. It culminated in Preston Ellenboltâ�?�?s three-yard touchdown scamper. â�?�?The kids had a business-like approach before the game,â�?�? Culver said. â�?�?And they all played their roles.�? We couldnâ�?�?t have scripted it much better.â�? Vermillion: 14, 0, 13, 34 Madison: 0, 0, 0, 0 First quarter: Mike Oberle one-yard run (Jordan Robinson kick), 1:13. Second quarter: Andrew Eidem four-yard run (Robinson kick), 10:15. Eidem three-yard run (Robinson kick), 5:57. Fourth quarter: Kylen Freidel 17-yard pass from Earl Kiertzner (kick failed), 10:22. Preston Ellenbolt three-yard run (Robinson kick), 2:14. Vermillion individual rushing: Eidem, 26-156; Oberle 16-73; Robinson 5-32; Ellenbolt 5-29; Tanner Mart 2-9; Cory Taggart 3-4; Kiertzner 2-(-5). Madison individual rushing: Gerard McCarthy 13-35; Chris Shafter 11-32. Vermillion individual passing: Kiertzner, 2-4-63-1. Madison individual passing: Shafter 3-9-29-2. Vermillion individual receiving: Taggart 1-46, Freidel, 1-17. Madison individual receiving: Chase Hanson 1-13, Justin Pederson 1-11, McCarthy 1-5. Vermillion individual defense (solo tackles-assists-total): Oberle 3-5-8, Nick Mart 5-2-7, Gerrit Heine 2-4-6, Blaine Olson 3-2-5, Freidel 2-2-4, Travis Jerred 1-3-4, Taylor Clark 2-1-3, Carson Sullivan 1-2-3, Robinson 1-2-3, Greg Anderson 2-0-2, Eidem 1-1-2, Tom Amundson 1-1-2, Joe Ensminger 0-2-2, Ellenbolt 2-0-2, Kyle Nemec 1-0-1, Cody Merrigan 1-0-1, Grant Lueders 1-0-1, Lance Hubert 1-0-1, Chase Allen 1-0-1, Chris Cameron 1-0-1, Chris Mart 0-1-1, Alex Larson 1-0-1. Fumble recoveries: Ober-le, Ensminger. Pass knockdowns: Ober-le, Clark, Ensminger. Interceptions/return yds.:�?  Oberle 1-42, Thomas 1-10. Quarterback sacks:�? Olson. Statistics VHS MHS 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 Fumbles-lost 1-0 4-1 Penalties-yds. 4-30 3-37

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