PAULLINA - South O'Brien wrapped up its regular season with a 41-15 win over Hull Western Christian on Friday, giving the Wolverines sole possession of second place in Class 1A District 1, and ensuring them home field for the first round of the 2012 playoffs tonight.
The half-time score stood at 20-2, and in the third quarter, SOS went on a 16 play drive that took 7 1/2 minutes and culminated in a 20-yard touchdown run by Zach Nieman. Michael Callahan booted the extra point, boosting the Wolverines' lead to 27-2.
The Wolverines played a physical game right from the start and managed 418 yards rushing on the ground for the night. Zach Nieman led the way with a record -setting 301 yards rushing on 39 carries, and he also rushed for four touchdowns. Austin Rohrs ran the ball 11 times for 54 yards and Marcus Atkinson carried the ball eight times for 37 yards.
Kody Nelson was 2-3 for 35 yards passing with one touchdown, a 40-yarder to Matt DeVos with about seven minutes to go in the ball game.
Defensively, the Wolverines allowed 97 yards rushing and 56 yards passing. Austin Rohrs led the way for the defense with three solo tackles and four assists, and he and Kody Petric also each had an interception. Will Friedrichsen and Bryce Kelleher each recovered a fumble as well,
Wolverines coach Mark Fuhrman said, "This was a great win after a tough loss at Emmetsburg a week ago. We are really coming together as a team and are really working together in all facets of the game."
The Wolverines will host the Manson-NW Cougars tonight in an opening round play-off game - the first time South O'Brien has ever hosted a play-off game. Coach Fuhrman said that the Cougars have good speed at the wide receiver positions, so the Wolverines are going to have to provide good pass coverage and get some pressure on the quarterback.