What started as a close game in the first half turned into a 16-point win for the Elk Point-Jefferson Huskies over Vermillion in last Friday night’s homecoming football game in the DakotaDome.
"I think we had some opportunities that we weren’t able to capitalize one. Our guys kept playing hard the whole time," said Vermillion head coach Andy Homan. "It’s just tough, like we talked about last year, defending that triple option when you don’t see it a whole lot. (EPJ) Coach (Jacob)Terry has a great thing going there."
The Huskies struck first with just over four minutes left in the first quarter after the team punted, but a penalty against Vermillion game the ball back to EPJ and a first down. Two plays later EPJ ran the ball in for a seven-yard touchdown.
EPJ went up 10-0 with a field goal to start the second quarter, but the next drive made a long passing play to get on the scoreboard.
Tanagers quarterback Jacob Peterson threw to receiver Gray Peterson for a 42-yard touchdown, after a penalty against EPJ moved the ball up the field 15 yards.
A few minutes later, with 7:22 left in the second quarter, Peterson found Trevor Tarr up the sideline for a 52-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-10 lead.
The teams then exchanged touch downs to close out the half with EPJ making a one-yard carry into the endzone followed by another Peterson to Peterson touchdown, this time for 31 yards.
"Gray will come over to the sidelines and talk to Jacob and tell him, ‘hey, his corner is playing me like this and I’m going to do this on this route,’ and the next thing you know they are throwing touchdown passes," Homan said.
EPJ then kicked a field goal with five second left in the half.
The score at halftime was 21-19.
In the third quarter EPJ scored three straight touchdowns on a 53-yard run, a five yard run and a 38 yard run, for a 40-21 lead.
Vermillion was able to score again in the fourth quarter when Jacob Peterson carried the ball 21 yards for a touchdown. EPJ capped off the game with a field goal with 7:25 remaining for the final 43-27 score line.
Jacob Peterson had 198 total passing yards with three touchdowns while Gray Peterson caught for 109 yards. Mitchell Dougherty ran for 85 yards.
The loss puts Vermillion at 2-6 on the season and EPJ’s win out the record at 3-5. Vermillion travels to St. Francis Indian (0-8) Friday night for the final game of the season.