PAULLINA - South O'Brien's opening drive into a 40 mph wind Friday night set the tone for the whole game as the Wolverines took on Alta-Aurelia in their Homecoming football game. The Wolverines took the ball and marched right down the field to open up the scoring with 6:49 to go in the first quarter, with senior fullback John Gray scoring on a 6 yard run. Gray also scored the two point conversion.
Alta-Aurelia started out strong offensively, opening up with a 40 yard run, followed by another run of 10 yards, but South O'Brien stiffened up defensively after that and forced a fumble, which South O'Brien's Bryce Kelleher was able to recover.
After the fumble, SOS drove down the field again and Zach Nieman finished the drive on a 14 yard run with 11:54 to go in the second quarter. Michael Callahan added the extra point to make it 15-0 in favor of the Woverines, and that's the way the game stood at the half.
In the third quarter, SOS QB Adam Paulsen scored on a 19 yard run with 6:38 to go. and Michael Callahan added the extra point. Zach Nieman then scored on a 23 yard run with 3:59 to go and Michael Callahan booted this one through also, making the score 29-0, which was the final score.
Zach Nieman finished the night with 24 carries for 186 yards for South O'Brien and Adam Paulsen ran for 59 yards on 8 carries.
Defensively, Adam Paulsen had his fifth interception of the year; Matt DeVos was in on 8 tackles, Eric Magnussen was in on 6, and Tanner Mathews on five.
The Wolverines held A-A to just 103 yards of offense - all on the ground - in a stellar team defensive effort.
The Warriors' Jalen Henningsen had 85 yards on 17 carries to lead Warrior rushing. Quarterback Joe Napierala completed 4 of 10 pass attempts for a net gain of 1 yard, and he also had one attempt intercepted. Garrett Van Houten was in on 15 tackles to lead the Warriors' defense, while Alex Stephan was in on 13 stops. Jalen Henningsen had an interception and Taylor Stevicks had a fumble recovery for Alta-Aurelia.
South O'Brien (4-4 overall, 3-2 in District play) travels to Hartley Friday to meet long-time rival Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in a big game for both schools, while
Alta-Aurelia (1-7, 0-5) hosts the undefeated Emmetsburg E'Hawks in Alta.