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.
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.
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.