ROCK RAPIDS - The South O'Brien Wolverines headed west to 6th- ranked West Lyon Friday night. It turned out to be a wet and muddy evening as the Wolverines fell short, 35-7.
West Lyon opened the scoring halfway through the first quarter with a 37-yard run and again with about a minute to go in the first quarter with a 65-yard run. While things looked bleak at first, the Wolverines opened the second quarter with a 69-yard run by Mike Faust for a touchdown. Nick Massmann added the extra point kick and the Wolverines were only down by seven.
"We talked a lot all week about how we could play with West Lyon. We just needed to eliminate mistakes and try to take advantage of any they would give us," stated Wolverine Coach Mark Fuhrman. "I thought we played hard from start to finish."
Mike Faust rushed 18 times for 86 yards. Tanner Mathews rushed five times for 11 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards. Jared Syndergaard caught two passes for 30 yards.
Defensively, Knute Klinker had three solo tackles and six assists. Pete Mathews had two solos and five assists and a fumble recovery. Cole Hale had one solo and five assists, Ben Wagner had nine assists and Cody Rehder had eight.
"Next week we finish our season with a home game against the 7th- ranked Hawks from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn," noted Fuhrman. "This is a good rivalry for us as they have just joined our conference. We will have to keep our mistakes to a minimum and take advantage of anything they can give us."