ORANGE CITY - The South O'Brien Wolverines lost a heartbreaker Friday night in Orange City. The final score showed Unity Christian with a 20-18 win, but South O'Brien gave up three big plays which resulted in touchdowns for Unity.
The first of these came in the 1st quarter when the Wolverines fumbled a punt return. The second came in the second quarter when SOS held the Knights to a fourth and 17 but couldn't come up with the stop. The third and final came on the opening kickoff in the second half when some miscommunication caused the ball to be covered by Unity on the 3-yard line.
Probably the biggest play of the night happened on the last play of the first half when Wolverine Ben Wagner picked up a fumble and ran it into the endzone only to be nullified by an inadvertent whistle by the officials.
South O'Brien outgained the Knights 271 to 198 in total offense. The Wolverines rushed for 206 yards on 38 carries. Tim Jenness paced the team with 135 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Knute Klinker was second on the team with 11 carries for 43 yards.
"It was good to see the offensive line come together and allow the team to get a ground game going," said SOS coach Mark Fuhrman.
Knute Klinker was 8-19 passing for 65 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for one. One of his passes was to Andrew Koehlmoos for a 25 yard touchdown with 1:10 to go in the first quarter. His other throwing touchdown was to Adam Paulsen for 18 yards.
Defensively, Klinker led the team with 5 solos and 3 assists. Jared Syndegaard had 7 solo tackles. Tanner Mathews, Pete Mathews, and Cody Rehder each tallied 6 tackles total. Adam Paulsen and Mike Faust each had an interception and Andrew Koehlmoos recovered a fumble.
Coach Fuhrman really praised the players for how hard they played and for how much improvement they showed from Week 1 to Week 2. While the officials hurt them, those three other plays in the game cost the Wolverines more, according to Fuhrman.
The Wolverines are looking forward to Friday night when Westwood comes to town. Fuhrman said this should prove to be a game for the Wolverines to get over the hump and get on the winning track.