Ironmen bottled up in home loss

by Tom Coombe
Momentum was fleeting for the Vermilion Ironmen.
A week after an impressive home victory over Minnesota West, the community college football team struggled in all phases of the game - falling at home 42-6 to Central Lakes.
The Raiders completely bottled up the Vermilion offense, and the Ironmen’s only score during the Oct. 9 home contest at Ely School Stadium came on special teams.
Freshman Breaton Vann ran a kickoff back for a touchdown in the second quarter, but by then the Ironmen were already trailing to the Raiders (3-4).
Vermilion (2-5) had less than 150 yards of total offense in the game and a fourth-quarter stretch told the tale.
After a VCC interception gave the Ironmen the ball at the CL 35-yard line, VCC quarterback Keith Baker was sacked on three consecutive plays.
The Raiders reached double digits in sacks and the Ironmen could get no running game established.
Receivers Justin Williams and Terrence Isaac Jr., both had five receptions for the Ironmen, while linebacker Andrew Eriks had 12 solo tackles and was in on 16 stops.
Vermilion’s Carlos Carter had 10 tackles, including two-and-a-half sacks, and Latrail Rivers (nine) and Warroad freshman Jace Thompson (eight) followed for the Ironmen.
The Raiders’ Anthony Richmond led his team with 55 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Ramon Lee recorded two touchdowns for CLC. Ethan Guerra led in receiving with two catches for 33 yards and quarterbacks Landon Jones and Jakob Corrlow each threw a touchdown pass.
Chase Dressel and Hunter Nissen were the Raiders defensive leaders with 10 tackles each. Ryan Edquist and Dressel also had interceptions.
Vermilion finishes the regular season Saturday with a home game against Rochester, slated for 3 p.m.
Win or lose, VCC starts MCAC playoff action next weekend on the road, perhaps with a rematch against Rochester.