>The Versailles Tigers were put to the task of stopping a Graham rushing attack that was lead by Indiana Recruit Nick Van Hoose. Van Hoose had been timed in the 40 at 4.37 and had big runs against the Tigers in last years game that ended 28-21. The key was not to let Van Hoose get loose. Although Van Hoose would score 3 times on the night, only one would be on the offensive side of the ball.
The Versailles Tigers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard against the Graham Falcons. Damian Winner found Mitchell Campbell on the opening drive to put the Tigers up 7-0. Once the Tigers stopped Graham, Damian Winner would throw a pass in Van Hoose’s direction, and he would take it 80 yards to tie the game at 7.
The Tigers offense was machine like though and would score often in the first half building a 35-14 halftime lead. Graham would score on a 70 yard run by Van Hoose. Versailles used a more balanced team effort getting Cambell, Jordan Monnin and Winner into the endzone.
The second half was almost all Versailles with Ethan Bruns and Aaron McNeilen scoring on passes from Winner. Backup quarterback Kyle Niekamp would score on a 1 yard run that was set up by a fumble that Mike Rutshilling returned to the 1 yard line. Graham would score the final points of the night on the ensuing kickoff when Van Hoose took it 87 yards for the score.
The whole fourth quarter was played by various backups. The Tigers gave valuable Friday night game experience to the younger players. The Backups were able to hold Graham in check, and were able to put together a couple drives that ended in Graham territory. Damian Winner came back into the game on the final Tiger possession to take the victory formation.
The Tigers racked up 509 total yards for the game, 370 passing and 139 yards rushing. Damian Winner passed for over 300 yards and ran for 98. Ethan Bruns led the receivers with 10 catches for 128 yards. Graham was held to 141 total yards with Van Hoose getting 101 rushing on 21 carries, 70 of those coming on 1 carry.
Versailles welcomes Fort Recovery to Hole Field this coming Friday night. The Tigers defeated the Indians at Fort Recovery last year in a rain storm. The Indians come into the game at 1-1 defeating Mississinawa Valley in week 1.
|Junior quarterback Zach Niekamp fighting for extra yardage|