EMMETSBURG - South O'Brien traveled to Emmetsburg on Friday night with a shot at the district championship, and what they found was a fired up E-Hawk group that had the same intentions.
While the final score of 51-0 indicated a blowout, the Wolverines just seemed to have one of those games where everything that could go wrong, did.
Third-rated Emmetsburg (7-1) scored the game's first points with 4:51 to go in the first quarter on a 57-yard run, when SOS (6-2) had an opportunity to make a tackle five yards into the run and missed.
The Wolverines received the kick and put together another first down but just couldn't keep the drive alive. After punting to Emmetsburg. the E-Hawks were forced to punt it back to SOS in short order and it looked like things had settled in and this was going to be a battle.
The Wolverines' next series proved to be too much for them to handle as they not only fumbled a pitch-out, but in trying to recover the ball kicked it 15 yards closer to the Emmetsburg goal line. A few plays later, the E-Hawks picked up the second score of the night.
At that point, South O'Brien seemed to lose focus and things started to snowball out of control.
Zach Nieman finished the night with 23 carries for 70 yards for the Wolverines, while Kody Nelson completed 4-10 pass attempts for 28 yards, and had one pass intercepted.
Defensively, the Wolverines were led by Austin Rohrs, who had eight solo tackles and three assists; Kody Petrich, who had with five solo tackles and one assist. Aarron Waples had two tackles for a personal season high.
The Wolverines need to get back on track this week as they travel to Hull Western Christian (4-4) on Friday. The winner of this game secures a home field first round play-off game for October 24.
Wolverine coach Mark Fuhrman said that blocking and tackling will be the order of business in practice this week.