PAULLINA - South O'Brien's 2009 football season started out pretty rough Friday night. The Wolverines were beaten handily by the visiting Hull Western Christian Wolfpack 47-6.
Buffalo Ridge running back Kyle Dahm eludes a diving River Valley defender Ian Petersen during recent football action won by the Bison. Buffalo Ridge fell hard at Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove Friday night. Photo by Reta Todd.
The Wolverines were held to a three and out on the opening series and punted to the Wolfpack. The Wolverine defense held them to a 4th and long, but a run over the right side was too much to handle and that put HWC up 7-0.
All in all the Wolfpack scored 13 points in the first quarter, 27 points in the second quarter, and 7 points in the third quarter.
The Wolverines lone score came with 11:56 to go in the fourth quarter. Knute Klinker ran a one-yard quarterback sneak in and Nick Massmann went wide left on the PAT.
Buffalo Ridge quarterback Seth Johnson (with ball) heads up field as teammates Daren Miller (50) and Tyler Kenny (33) make blocks to help spring him during recent football action. Photo by Reta Todd
The Wolverines were led by Mike Faust with seven carries for 17 yards and Pete Mathews with seven carries for 14 yards. Knute Klinker was 1-5 passing for 12 yards. That pass was caught by Adam Paulsen which garnered one of the Wolverines four first downs in the game. Defensively, the Wolverines allowed 420 total yards with 280 rushing and 140 passing. Andrew Koehlmoos had six solo tackles with one being a sack. Knute Klinker had five solos and three assists, Mike Faust had three solos and three assists, Cody Rehder had four solos and two assists and Pete and Tanner Matthew each had four solos and two assists. Tim Jenness had an interception in the fourth quarter with a 20 yard return.
According to coach mark Fuhrman, Cody Rehder and Knute Klinker played hard for the SOS team. "They led us offensively and defensively and will have a good season for us," noyed Fuhrman. "I question the effort and attitude of some of our other leaders. We have to believe we can win and play hard for four quarters. I felt like that was not the case Friday.
"We are going to get better and we have a real shot at our next four or five games, but we have to believe in ourselves and what we are trying to do as a team."
The Wolverines travel to Orange City Friday to take on Unity Christian. "They were a very good team a year ago, but suffered a tough defeat to Hinton on Friday," said Fuhrman. "We can take advantage of them trying to implement a new offensive system and have a real opportunity to pick up our first win of the season."