PAULLINA - South O'Brien's football team let another one get away Friday night. The Wolverines hosted the Rebels from Sioux Central and came up short on a 25-12 loss.
The game started out with the Rebels kicking off to the Wolverines. The Rebels onside kicked the opening kick and recovered on the 49 yard line of the Wolverines. The next play for the Rebels was a 49-yard hook and ladder play that scored the Rebels with only 12 seconds off the game clock in the first quarter.
The Wolverines weren't to be denied and mounted a pretty good drive to get the ball to the Rebels 30 yard line. On 4th and 10, Knute Klinker booted out in play action and hit Andrew Koehlmoos on a pass for a score. Nick Massmann's attempt at the kick failed and the Wolverines trailed 7-6.
Late in the first quarter the Rebels scored on a 1-yard run to make the score 13-7. This touchdown was set-up by an errant punt return by the Wolverines which gave the Rebels 1st down on about the 20 yard line. Twelve seconds later the Rebels intercepted a pass and ran it in for a score to make it 19-6.
The Wolverines weren't to be denied and less than a minute later Knute Klinker connected with Jarod Syndergaard for a 65-yard pass play. The 2-point conversion failed and the Wolverines were only down 19-12.
The third and fourth quarter proved to be defensive battles as neither team was able to get much of a drive going. Sioux Central did tack on another score with seven seconds to go in the game to make the final score 25-12.
"We just keep beating ourselves," said SOS coach Mark Fuhrman. "If you were to take two plays out of each of the last three losses we would be 4-1 pretty easily. We still have trouble maintaining an offensive drive. It seems we can put together about 4-5 plays in a row, but can't seem to get to 7-8 plays in a row. The kids are playing hard and are trying to do their best, but it just seems we can't give ourselves a break."
Tim Jenness had 21 carries for 94 yards to lead the SOS rushing attack. Knute Klinker (though injured in the 2nd quarter) was 3-5 passing with two touchdowns and one interception.
Defensively, Mike Faust had an interception and three total tackles. John Gray had 12 tackles, Austin Richter and Cody Rehder had 11 tackles, Pete Mathews and Colton Barnes had nine tackles and Ben Wagner had eight tackles.
The Wolverines have Homecoming this week and play a pretty solid Lawton-Bronson club.
"If we do what we do well and don't hurt ourselves, we will have another great opportunity to pick up a win," said Fuhrman.