By Scott Bormann
With a final score of 40-10 on senior night in Vermillion on Thursday, Oct. 24, sadness was standard.
Coach Andy Homan said, “On your senior night, you would like to get a win for your seniors, but we just couldn’t get it done.”
The Tanagers did not play well, giving up a lot of good plays.
“Dell Rapids is a team that doesn’t mess up, and they rarely run a bad offensive play,” Homan said.
Very little went right for the home team. “We could not get anything going on offense, and on defense we were not doing our jobs,” Homan said.
The Quarriers finished the regular season with a record of six wins and two losses. The Tanagers finished a tough season with only one win and seven losses.
“It was just another tough team that we faced on our hard schedule,” Homan said.
The Tanagers’ next game will be just after press time, so we may have to wait until next week to read the story. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, they traveled to North Sioux City to play the 5-3 Dakota Valley Panthers in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Tanagers generated 159 yards total offense against the Quarriers. Leading rusher was Nate Svendsen, who carried the ball four times for 30 yards. He also caught three passes for 39 yards. Regan Bye carried the ball eight times for a total of two yards rushing, and received six passes to contribute 42 yards to Vermillion’s offense.
The Tanagers’ Ethan James also kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Leading Vermillion’s defense were Mitch Sand, Tyler Madsen, and Ty Iverson with four tackles each, followed by Alex Osborne with three, and Regan Bye, Brandon Hertz, Zech Westergaard and Noah Walker, who each had two tackles.