PAULLINA - South O'Brien started fast and never looked back in a 37-14 win over the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Hawks here on Friday. The win culminated the week's Homecoming events for the Wolverines.
The first quarter proved to be all Wolverines, as they put up 20 points. The first of them came with 8:50 to go in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Kody Nelson. Michael Callahan kicked the extra point. The second score came with 3:21 to go on an 11-yard pass from Nelson to Matt DeVos. Callhan again kicked the extra point, and the final score of the first quarter was a 1-yard run by Nelson with :24 seconds to go. The extra point was missed.
The Hawks put together a nice drive in the second quarter, and scored with 6:42 to go, but the Wolverines quickly followed with a 50-yard run by Nelson. Callahan followed with the extra point kick.
The Wolverines finished the quarter with a 47-yard pass play from Nelson to Kelvin Lansink with :41 to go. Callahan kicked the extra point.
Callahan finished the scoring for the Wolverines in the 4th quarter with a 27-yard field goal.
Zach Nieman finished the night with 23 carries on 124 yards rushing; Nelson had six carries for 69 yards and rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two. He was 6-9 passing for 108 yards.
Defensively, Austin Rohrs had six solo tackles and six assists to lead the Wolverines while Nelson had two solos and four assists and Bryce Kelleher blocked a field goal attempt.
This week the Wolverines host North Union for their final home game of the regular season. It is going to take the same kind of team effort to pick up another win, said Wolverine coach Mark Fuhrman.
"We had some really good blocking up front this week by both our lineman and our backs," said the coach. " We have to continue to get better both blocking and tackling , as we have some tough teams coming up."