HARTLEY - Friday night South O'Brien traveled to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn for a tough War Eagle Conference football game against the Hawks. The Wolverines picked up a 20-0 win to make it three wins in row, the last two being shut-outs.
With the win, South O'Brien guaranteed themselves a place in the 1A play offs - the first time since 1992 that the Wolverines have accomplished this.
The game started quickly for the Wolverines with a 71-yard touchdown run on the second play of the ballgame. Zach Nieman found a crease made by the offensive line of Garrett Hohbach, Evan Magnussen, Eric Magnussen, Bryce Kelleher and Landon Lenhart. Nieman, who totaled 177 yards rushing for the game on 25 carries, also ran in the 2-point conversion.
The rest of the first half proved to be a bit disheartening, as the Wolverines had four or five 25+ yard gains called back due to penalties. Instead of giving themselves some breathing room, South O'Brien ended the half with just an 8-0 lead.
The start of the third quarter proved difficult, but a 23 yard completion from Adam Paulsen to Matt DeVos seemed to light the fire the Wolverines needed and Paulsen finished the drive with a 14-yard run to score with 1:16 to go in the third quarter. The 2-point conversion attempt failed.
The Hawks had a first down on the 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter but the Wolverine defense kept them out of the end zone.
The Wolverines' John Gray punched in the final score with 1:46 to go on a 6-yard run. Marcus Faust attempted the kick but missed to make the final score 20-0.
Bryce Kelleher recovered two fumbles for SOS and John Gray and Garrett Hohbach each recovered one. Tim Jenness had one quarterback sack.
Troy Simons had 64 yards rushing to lead the Hawks, while teammate Jacob Clark had 63 and sophomore Logan Rozeboom had 42 yards.
The Wolverines host Sioux Central for the final regular season game of the year on Friday.
SOS coach Mark Fuhrman says "This is an important game for us to finish off the regular season on a positive note. It should be a great game, as Sioux Central needs a win to make the play-offs."