HINTON - Friday night the South O'Brien Wolverines traveled to Hinton for a District 1 matchup with the Blackhawks. While the final score of 43-14 doesn't look real positive, the Wolverines gave some great effort and led the game until about halfway through the third quarter.
Hinton took the ball on the opening kick off and drove the field for the initial score of the game. Wolverine Tim Jenness almost blocked the extra point but it sailed wide left anyway. The Wolverines then received the kick and proceeded to drive down the field and score on a Tim Jenness 3-yard run. Nick Massmann added the extra point kick and the Wolverines were leading 7-6 with 6:34 to go in the first quarter.
On Hinton's next drive alert SOS defender Tanner Mathews grabbed an interception to halt the drive but the Wolverines couldn't capitalize and were forced to punt. Hinton took the lead in the second quarter on a 1- yard run by their quarterback. The extra point for two attempt failed and the Wolverines trailed 12-7 at half.
The second half started with a bang for SOS when Adam Paulsen hit Pete Mathews on a 65-yard pass play for a touchdown with 11 minutes to go in third quarter. Nick Massmann added the extra point and the Wolverines were up 14-12.
South O'Brien just couldn't get it going on the next drive, but also didn't allow Hinton much either. It took Hinton a couple of series but then the Blackhawks scored with 8:36 to go in third to take a 20-14 advantage.
"I thought we looked a little tired," stated SOS coach Mark Fuhrman, but when you are in the ball game and have an opportunity to win you have to find it within yourself to play a little harder. We really seemed to lose our luster in the fourth quarter and Hinton took advantage of that by scoring three times.
"We just have to believe in ourselves a little more. We are capable of being in every game we have played this year, but have found a way to let them get away by the end of the game. For three quarters Friday we probably played some of the best football we have all year. We just have to find a way to finish it."
Along with his interception, Tanner Mathews finished with two solo tackles and five assists. Jared Syndergaard also had an interception and had 13 total tackles. Knute Klinker played on a sore ankle and had 10 total tackles.
Offensively, Mike Faust led the SOS team with 20 carries for 113 yards rushing. Tanner Mathews had eight carries for 26 yards. Adam Paulsen was 3-9 for 105 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception. Pete Mathews led the team with two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Next week the Wolverines travel to Inwood to take on rated West Lyon.
"It is definitely going to take our "A" game as West Lyon is leading the league right now," said coach Fuhrman. "We need to slow down their run and take care of the ball on offense."