PAULLINA - The visiting Emmetsburg E-Hawks scored early and never looked back as they rolled to a 42-0 District win over the host South O'Brien Wolverines here on Friday.
The E-Hawks, currently ranked #2 in Class 1-A, scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and three in the second quarter behind good hard running by their running backs and some big holes up front.
"It just seemed like we weren't mentally ready to go at the beginning of the game," commented Mark Fuhrman, SOS head coach. "And when you are playing a team the caliber of Emmetsburg you have to strap it on and be ready on the first snap of the ball game. They are an excellent ball club and probably could do very well in Class 2A and 3A also."
Fuhrman said it seemed like his team was suffering from "a little jet lag" after last week's close game with West Lyon. The Wolverines only garnered 42 yards rushing and 53 yards passing against Emmetsburg, and "never seemed to get the offense going as we only picked up three first downs."
Coach Fuhrman said that the Wolverines have some important games coming up in order to achieve their team goals for the year and we have to be ready to play every Friday night from here on out. He feels that South O'Brien is still in a good position to finish in top three in the District, but he also feels that they "are not a good enough team to just show up and win."
Zach Nieman led the Wolverines' rushing with 35 yards on 10 carries and Jon Gray added 13 yards on four carries. Quarterback Adam Paulsen completed 5 of 9 passes for 51 yards and Nieman also completed his only attempt for two yards. Matt DeVos had two receptions for 17 yards, Zane Roberts grabbed one for 17 yards, and Tim Jenness also had one 16-yard reception.
South O'Brien's District record is now 1-2 and they are 2-4 overall. The Wolverines travel to Sibley on Friday for another tough district 2 game against Sibley-Ocheydan.
Coach Fuhrman feels that the Wolverines should have a couple of linemen back this week which will allow him to play kids on one side of the ball instead of trying to play both offense and defense.