The Vermillion football team played their last game of the season last Thursday at Lennox. The Tanagers fell to the Orioles 27-55.
“The guys left everything out there for this last game,” said Vermillion head coach Andy Homan. “They kept rallying around each other and kept their tempo very high.”
The Tanagers were the first on the scoreboard as senior Dylan Thelen scored at the beginning of the first quarter.
Lennox responded with 20 unanswered points to pull ahead of the Tanagers 7-20.
With less than one minute to go in the first quarter, sophomore quarterback Charlie Ward ran it in for a touchdown. This was his first rushing touchdown since Vermillion’s first game of the season.
The Tanagers missed the extra point and ended the first quarter down 13-20.
At the beginning of the second quarter, senior Trevor Tarr scored his first career touchdown with a pick-6. The game became tied at 20.
Lennox scored once more to put the Tanagers down 26-20 at the half.
Lennox scored 14 points throughout the third quarter. Junior Connor Saunders scored later in the quarter to narrow Vermillion’s deficit 27-40 going into the fourth.
The opponents held the Tanagers to their 27 points as they took off with the game. Lennox scored another 15 unanswered points to top the Tanagers 27-55 in the end.
Coach Homan’s favorite part of this season was watching the seniors become leaders and help the young players grow beside them.
“We played a lot of good games and came up short in the end,” said coach Homan. “They were always hungry to be better and came every week ready to get better. With a group of guys like this, there is never a bad day when being around them.”
Ward threw 264 yards in his 12 completed passes of the 31 attempts. He had two passing touchdowns and one interception. Ward also recorded one rushing touchdown.
Saunders had seven receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown throughout the game. Dylan Thelen also had one touchdown in his four receptions for 47 yards. Sophomore Jack Kratz had five receptions for 84 yards.
Senior Brock Voss rushed the team-high 61 yards of 14 attempts. Junior John LaCognata ran 23 yards in six attempts.
On defense, Tarr had one interception and one touchdown in addition to his eight tackles. Kratz also had an interception and three tackles. Voss, sophomore Nick Sorensen, and senior Kobe Culver each recorded eight touchdowns. Two of Culver’s were tackles-for-loss.
Junior Noah Gilbertson went 3-of-4 in PATs as one was blocked.
Saunders had five kick returns for 84 total yards. LaCognata had two for 41 yards.
The Tanagers finished their season 2-7 and will lose six seniors; Tarr, Voss, Culver, Drew Thelen, Dylan Thelen, and Ayden Lewison.
Coach Homan will miss the intensity they always had.
“They did a great job of installing that on this year’s team and will carry over into next year,” said coach Homan. “They are a great group of young men and will be missed next year.”
Vermillion (2-7) – 13 7 7 0 – 27
Lennox (5-4) – 20 6 14 15 – 55