Miracle boot tumbles Tanagers

Vermillion’s Alex Osborne (70) clears a path for Tanager running back Regan Bye during football action between Vermillion and Dakota Valley Friday in the DakotaDome.  (Photo by David Lias)

Vermillion’s Alex Osborne (70) clears a path for Tanager running back Regan Bye during football action between Vermillion and Dakota Valley Friday in the DakotaDome.
(Photo by David Lias)

By Scott Bormann

With the first half of the game ending with Dakota Valley ahead of Vermillion 19-3, all looked like an impending blowout. The Tanagers couldn’t move the ball on offense, and couldn’t stop the Panthers. Doom and gloom was averted for the Vermillion fans when the second half was the exact opposite.

“Our kids responded after half time, holding Dakota Valley to only three second half first downs, and our offense put up the yards we have been looking for all year,” said Coach Andy Homan. “Our seniors did a great job of leading us back into the game, along with our junior lead backfield.”

With time running out, and the score knotted at 19-19, the Panthers pulled out a minor miracle. The first time they made a field goal all season gave the Panthers the nail-biting, 22-19 victory. “It was a great game to be a part of,” said Homan, “and hats off to both teams for leaving it all out there until the game was over.”

The Tanagers will be hosting Flandreau on Friday, Oct. 11 for Homecoming. Vermillion has a record of 1-4, while the Flyers are 2-3.

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