Alta-Aurelia Clips Wolverines 22-9
PAULLINA - The lights went out, but when they came back on so did Alta-Aurelia’s Warriors here Friday on their way to a 22-9 victory over the host South O’Brien Wolverines.
After nearly a 45 minute power outage here, the two local grid teams were deadlocked in a scoreless defensive battle with over 9:00 to play in the second quarter. Defense continued to dominate this contest as the half ended with no scoring.
A big momentum swing came about late in the third quarter when, on second down and short yardage, A-A’s Levi Sleezer pulled off a pick six, grabbing an interception and returning it five yards for the first score of the game. Then, with 2:10 left in the third stanza, the Warriors struck again, this time on a 44 yard run by Anthony Krier. The talented junior running back led A-A rushers with 76 yards on 13 carries. A-A tacked on another two with a successful fake punt and led 15-0 at the end of three.
The Warriors other touchdown came on a 30 yard run by Michael Ryherd, another talented junior back in the A-A arsenal.
The host Wolverines got on the board early in the final period with a safety following a errant snap over A-A’s punter. The only other scoring for SOB came with :37 left when Tristan Wilson scored on a 38 yard run to end all scoring.
Grant Peckenschneider, A-A co-head coach, was happy with his team’s line play. Peckenscheider cited Nicholas Gaes, Keaton Mork, Sam Zimmerman, Carson Elston, Nathan Weflen and Trevor Robbins for outstanding blocking. “I thought we blocked much better in the second half,” he said. “Defensively, we were very happy with the play all night, especially up front.”
“We were a little worried about a letdown after a heartbreaking loss to Storm Lake last week,” said Peckenscheider. “Be hey, the boys stepped up and played physical to get the win.”
Alex DeRoos led A-A with 14 tackles, five for lost yardage. Games was next with 11 tackles, followed by Sleezer with 10 while Zimmerman and Logan McCoy with eight each. Coach Peckenschneider credited Gaes with a fantastic night punting the football. “He changed field position in our favor on numerous occasions,” said the veteran mentor.
The Wolverines out-gained A-A in total offense with 184 yards to 174. Wilson led SOB with 38 carries for 169 yards, while Louscher was 4-12 passing for only 18 yards. Adam Richter led the host squad with five solo and six assist in the tackle department. Other highlights for SOB was a Sean Negus fumble recovering and a Louscher interception he returned for 26 yards.
The Warriors, 2-1 on the season host Pocahontas Area this week for a Homecoming contest on Valor Field in Aurelia. SOB, 1-2, travel to Sioux Central.