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Wolverines drop opener to West Sioux

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

HAWARDEN - South O'Brien dropped its football opener, 20-7, to West Sioux last Friday in non-district action here.

After a scoreless first quarter, West Sioux opened the scoring on three yard run just six seconds into the second quarter, capitalizing on a couple of long runs during their drive.

The Wolverines then put together a nice 60-yard drive of their own following a nice kick return, and quarterback Adam Paulsen finished the drive with a five yard run around the right end for a TD. Zach Nieman kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7, but West Sioux came back and scored on a 36 yard run to make it 14-7 at halftime.

The second half was back and forth without any scoring until West Sioux scored again with 48 seconds to go in the ball game on a short run by the quarterback. The extra point was no good, and the final score was 20-7 in favor of West Sioux.

John Gray was South O'Brien's leading rusher with 63 yards on 16 carries, while Tanner Mathews had 39 yards on nine carries and Adam Paulsen had eight carries for 10 yards. Paulson also completed 7 of his 15 pass attempts for 76 yards, and his leading receivers were Matt DeVos, with three receptions for 27 yards and Zane Roberts with two catches for 22 yards. Sam Weber and John Gray each had one reception.

Defensively for the Wolverines, John Gray and Tanner Mathews were each in on 12 tackles, while Adam Paulsen was in on nine, Kody Nelson seven and Zane Roberts six.

South O'Brien coach Mark Fuhrman said, "We have lot of work to do this week to get ready for Sheldon. We need to find some consistency on offense, as we blocked the same play differently each time. Defensively, we need to pursue better and tackle lower."

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