Tanagers fall to Cardinals 27-14

An 80-yard touchdown run by Vermillion’s Regan Bye and a bit of razzle-dazzle in the fourth quarter by the Tanager offense that got the ball in the endzone wasn’t enough, as Vermillion fell to the South Sioux City Cardinals 27-14 Friday at South Sioux City.

Bye, who carried the ball 18 times for a total of 108 yards, proved to be a bright spot in the Tanager’s offensive game that night. Vermillion’s offense struggled against South Sioux City’s defense. The Cardinals’ defensive lineman Ryan Littlegeorge recorded two quarterback sacks and defensive back Karter Keefer collected two interceptions. Keefer’s second pickoff led to a game-clinching 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Kaleb Comstock, who rushed for two scores for South Sioux City

Besides Bye’s long scoring run, Vermillion had 40 other rushes in the contest for 59 yards. Brody Plummer and Chris Lantz each recorded one quarterback sack for the Cardinals, who held Vermillion (1-1) to just one touchdown before Carter Kratz took a handoff from quarterback Matt Ouelette and threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ethan James with 3:44 left in the game.

“Our kids fought the whole time,” said first-year Vermillion Coach Andy Homan. “Offensively, we couldn’t get things going, but we made adjustments and we got some things going. But we didn’t get everything at once. It didn’t click all together.”

Vermillion will host West Central Friday in the DakotaDome.

South Sioux City 27, Vermillion 14

Vermillion 0 8 0 6 – 14

South Sioux City 14 7 0 6 – 27

First Quarter

SSC – Sammy Flores 58 pass from Karter Keefer (Jonatan Galvez kick) 8:48

SSC – Flores 12 pass from Jake Schmiedt (Galvez kick) 5:58

Second Quarter

SSC – Kaleb Comstock 2 run (Galvez kick) 8:06

VER – Regan Bye 80 run (Bye run) 7:44

Third Quarter

Fourth Quarter

SSC – Comstock 14 run (kick failed) 5:53

VER – Ethan James, 34 pass from Carter Krantz (run failed) 3:44

TEAM STATISTICS

VER SSC

First downs 11 9

Rushes-yards 41-139 25-35

Passing yards 99 92

Passes 7-20-3 4-12-1

Total plays-yards 61-238 36-127

Punts-avg. 5-28.4 7-40.4

Penalties 4-25 12-100

Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Vermillion – Regan Bye 18-108, Tyler Madsen 7-18, Matt Ouelette 13-12, Sinaway Marshall 2-3, Nick Svendsen 1-(-2). South Sioux City – Kaleb Comstock 15-61, Sammy Flores 4-7, Jake Schmiedt 6-(-33).

PASSING: Vermillion – Ouelette 6-19-3, 65; Carter Kratz 1-1-0, 34. South Sioux City – Schmiedt 3-11-1, 34; Karter Keefer 1-1-0, 58.

RECEIVING: Vermillion – Ethan James 3-71, Bye 3-27, Nate Svendsen 1-1. South Sioux City – Flores 3-85, Keefer 1-7.

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