The Wolverine Football team finished the season with a hard fought loss to 7th ranked Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Although the score ended up 27-0, the Wolverines gave HMS all they wanted.
The game was pretty uneventful through the first quarter as it remained 0-0 throughout. The second quarter began with a HMS score and two point conversion with 11:14 to go. The Wolverines just couldn't get things rolling offensively as they only finished with 4 first downs. On the same token the Wolverines were holding the HMS offense in check and even thought they had stopped them with an interception with a couple minutes to go in the first half.
Two of the officials also thought SOS had intercepted it , but a third official, from a different angle thought it was an incomplete pass. The incomplete pass call overruled the others, and HMS's drive was still alive. The Wolverines forced the Hawks to kick a field goal with a second- and -a- half on the board and SOS trailed, 11-0, at the half.
The second half resulted in a score in each quarter by the visiting Hawks and sealed their victory. "Offensively, we just weren't as successful as we had been the last few games," stated SOS Coach Mark Fuhrman. "We just couldn't sustain a drive and that is a tribute to the HMS defense. They had people in the right places and we just couldn't get things going."
"Defensively," continued Fuhrmann, "we played fairly well. We did a good job on 1st and 2nd down, but just couldn't stop them on third or fourth down. All season we have struggled with that. It is something the coaches and underclassman are going to have to figure out by next season."
Jarod Syndergaard finished with an interception and 3 solos and 3 assised tackles; Cody Rehder had 3 solos and 14 assists; Pete Mathews, who missed a couple of days of practice this week due to illness, finished with 1 solo and 14 assists and a fumble recovery. Andrew Koehlmoos and Trevor Lansink finished with 1 solo and 3 assists each. Mike Faust also garnered 1 solo and 3 assists , and carried the ball 15 times for 36 yards. Tim Jenness was the leading rusher for the Wolverines with 10 carries for 72 yards.
"I sure appreciate what the seniors have done this year and look forward to watching them in their winter and spring activities," stated Coach Fuhrman. "As for the younger players, we are still on a rebuilding mission here at South O'Brien, and it is going to take a lot of hard work by these young men to get it turned around."