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SOS boys fall in football playoffs

Friday, November 2, 2012

MANNING - The South O'Brien football season came to a close here Monday night in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs, as the Wolverines fell to 4th ranked IKM-Manning by a score of 28-17.

While the Wolverines gained 409 yards of offense and got 22 first downs and IKM-Manning gained just 269 yards, the story of the game was the turnover margin, as South O'Brien put the ball on the ground six times and lost four of them.

South O'Brien football coach Mark Fuhrman accompanies Wolverine lineman Bryce Kelleher off the field after he was dinged up during recent football playoff action in Paullina. Photo by Mike Leckband.
Their first fumble came on the opening play of the night; the second came as they were crossing the goal line after a 60 yard drive; the third was on the opening play of the second half on a 50 yard rushing gain; and the Wolverines' other fumble came on the IKM 13-yard line.

Zach Nieman rushed 39 times for 262 yards to lead the SOS ground attack, and Austin Rohrs added 102 on 13 carries, as the Wolverines totaled 381 yards on the night. Kody Nelson was 3-6 passing for 28 yards. IKM-Manning rushed 47 times for 180 yards, 110 yards less than their average. The Wolverines held IKM to 45 yards rushing in the first half.

Defensively, Austin Rohrs led the team with 12 solo tackles and three assists; Kody Nelson had five solos, two assists and an interception; and Bryce Kelleher had four solos, one assist, and a fumble recovery.

South O'Brien quarterback Kody Nelson pulls away from center with the snap during the Wolverines' recent State Playoff win over Manson NW Webster in Paullina. SOS lost at IKM Manning Monday night to end the season with a spiffy 8-3 record. Photo by Mike Leckband
South O'Brien coach Mark Fuhrman said, "While this proved to be a tough loss for the Wolverines, I believe it shows that the South O'Brien football program is headed in the right direction. The seniors are going to be missed greatly. They have bought into the system and see what working hard can accomplish. "Finishing with a record of 8-3 and knowing that we can play with the best teams in the state will only help us get better."

Coach Fuhrman concluded by saying that the Wolverines will have a good nucleus of returning starters coming back next year, as well as some younger players who should fit in nicely.

As far as areas for improvement, the Coach said the team needs to eliminate mistakes, adding that the difference between the three games the team lost and the eight they won was the number of turnovers or missed assignments. He feels that players need to develop a sense of confidence that even though they make a mistake or two, they can overcome them.

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