The game Friday was the Homecoming game for Alta-Aurelia, whose school districts are sharing most sports this school year before entering into a whole grade sharing agreement next fall.
South O'Brien gained 193 yards rushing and 120 passing against Alta- Aurelia Friday, accounting for 18 first downs iand scoring 23 points in a 23 - 7 win over the Warriors.
On offense, Paulsen completed 8 of 12 pass attempts, including one TD pass to Jenness. The Wolverines' QB also rushed six times for 20 yards. Dillan Zimmer, with 79 yards on 17 carries and John Gray, with 73 yards on 18 carries, led the Wolverines' ground attack. Gray also scored a TD on the ground, as did Matt Williams, who rushed seven times for 16 yards.
The Warriors gained 92 yards on the ground and 128 through the air, as they garnered 10 first downs. Sophomore Garret VanHouten led the Warriors' rushing attack with nine carries for 39 yards, while Nathan Corlew gained 28 yards on six carries, and quarterback Ryan Friedrich added 18 yards on seven carries. Friedrich completed 12 of his 26 pass attempts for 129 yards and one touchdown, to sophomore Austin Glawe. Van Houten caught five passes for 45 yards, Karl Kennedy grabbed four for 56 yards, and Glawe had two for 27 yards and the one touchdown.
South O'Brien's defense was led by Tanner Mathews, who made a dozen tackles, and John Gray had eight. The Wolverines' defense also had the two pass interceptions, which they returned for a combined total of 67 yards to help set up their offense.
The Wolverines are now 3-4 on the season (2-3 in the District), and they host Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (two more former Sioux Valley Conference schools) in a rugged district contest at Paullina on Friday. H-M-S sports a 6-1 season record, and is 4-1 in the district.
The Warriors now boast a season record of 2-5 (1-4 in the District) and they, too, face a tough district game Friday, as they travel to Emmetsburg to take on the undefeated, third-ranked E-Hawks (7-0, 5-0).