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South O'Brien nips Rebels in 3 OTs

Friday, October 3, 2008

South O'Brien's Mike Faust tackles a West Sioux ball carrier in recent football action in Paullina. The Wolverines nicked Sioux Central 15-14 in Albert City on Sept. 26th, and travel to rugged District foe Lawton-Bronson this Friday night. Photo by Sarah Gengler
ALBERT CITY - The gritty South O'Brien football team persevered into the third overtime period and claimed a hard-earned 15-14 District win over Sioux Central here on Sept. 26.

The teams were knotted at 8-8 at the end of regulation and South O'Brien threw an interception in the first OT, while the host Rebels were stopped on four downs on their possession, sending the game into a second OT. In the second OT period, both teams fumbled the ball away on their first play from scrimmage.

The visiting Wolverines got the ball first in the third OT and Mike Faust scampered around the end to score from six yards out. Ryan Brasser kicked the PAT to give SOS a 15-8 lead. The Rebels scored on a third-down pass play and then went for the two-point conversion to try to win the game, but was stopped by an alert Wolverines defense, resulting in the 15-14 final.

Sioux Central led 8-0 in the fourth quarter before SOS quarterback Jerod Syndegaard followed center Pete Mathews and guards Cody Rehder and Nick Massmann into the end zone on a QB sneak. Syndergaard then optioned the ball to Faust who raced the ball into paydirt to tie the score.

Late n regulation, Faust intercepted a rebel pass and returned it to the two-yard line. However, two penalties thwarted that Wolverine drive and an attempted field goal missed with a little over a minute left in the game.

"Several times we could have given up," said SOS coach Mark Fuhrman. "One of them was when Jarod got hurt on the two-point conversion. Chas Biery came in and finished the game strong. The last two games he has been asked to come in with the game on the line in the fourth quarter and done a super job."

Pete Mathews led the SOS defense with 17 tackles, while Taylor Schroeder and Rehder were in on 15 each, Tanner Mathews and Syndegaard in on 14 apiece, Knute Klinker 11, and Grant Hibbing nine.

Schroeder also had a QB sack, and Tim Jenness, Klinker, and Rehder also recovered fumbles.

SOS, now 1-4 this season, plays at Lawton-Bronson on Oct. 3. Friday's win was the Wolverines' first road victory since 2006.

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