PAULLINA - Mike Faust returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown just two minutes into the game to stake South O'Brien to a quick 7-0 lead over fifth-ranked West Lyon, but the potent Wildcats answered back in the second quarter to proceed to a 36-7 Class 1A District victory on October 17th.
Ryan Brasser kicked the PAT for South O'Brien to give the winless Wolverines just their second lead all season, marking the first time this season that SOS had scored first in a game.
The Wolverines led 7-0 until 7:34 left in the first half when a bad shotgun snap forced a fumble in the endzone that West Lyon recovered for a TD. "We just never seemed to get good field position all night and continued our bad habit of shooting ourselves in the foot," said first-year SOS coach Mark Fuhrman.
To compound the problems for SOS, quarterback Chas Biery, filling in for injured QB Jarod Syndegaard, hurt his wrist and was sent to the hospital for x-rays, leaving the team with two freshmen QBs to choose from. Syndergaard played QB in the second half, with Brasser called upon to throw the ball out of the shotgun at times due to Syndergaard's injury. Adam Paulsen played QB in the fourth quarter and did a good job, said Fuhrman.
The Wolverines totaled a negative 36 yards rushing against the big and talented West Lyon defense, and passed for just 18 yards.
Pete Matthews led the SOS defense with a whopping 25 tackles, while Knute Klinker, Re4hder, and Hibbing managed 10 apiece, Taylor Schroeder nine, and Syndergaard eight.
The young Wolverines trek to ranked Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn for their final regular season game on October 24th.