PAULLINA - South O'Brien lost a 40-8 non-district football game to a "big and tough" Orange City Unity Christian here on Sept. 5, with the visiting Knights scoring on their opening drive with seven minutes left in the first quarter and then dominating the game the rest of the way.
The host Wolverines were victimized throughout by three lost fumbles that gave the Knights good field position and led to a couple TDs.
"Offensively, we moved the ball and it just seemed to get better as the game went on," said first-year SOS coach Mark Fuhrman. "Mike Faust rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries, and Taylor Schroeder had 17 carries for 82 yards.
"Up front we have a lot of people in positions they haven't played before and they are starting to work together."
On defense for the Wolverines, Pete Mathews was in on 13 tackles, while Schroeder had eight, Grant Hibbing seven solos, Tim Jenness seven, Jarod Syndegaard six, and Cody Rehder six. Jenness also had an interception, while Knute Klinker had five tackles and a fumble recovery.
SOS held the opportunistic Unity Christian club to 198 yards rushing and just 34 passing. "They just had too good of field position too often," added Fuhrman.