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Wolverines Go to 5-0


October 3, 2019

Vanessa Rohwer

Tristan Wilson (#22) tackles Hawks Nate Bangert (#21) during Wolverine Football action against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Friday night at Hartley.

Submitted by Coach Fuhrman

The South O'Brien Wolverines traveled to hartley Friday for the District opener. The Wolverines were looking to start the District season out strong and continue the success they have been having.

The game didn't start out real well for the Wolverines as HMS took the opening drive straight down the field and scored a touchdown on a 3 yard run up the middle. The extra point kick was good and the HMS Hawks led 7-0 with 9:44 to go in the first quarter. It just felt like we were flat to start with and the Hawks were ready to go and took it to us. We also had a couple big penalties during the drive that kept the Hawk's drive alive.

The Wolverines drove down the field on the ensuing drive but were stopped on downs on the 20 yard line. Again it just felt like we weren't playing up to our potential as missed blocks took away some of our opportunities.

The next defensive series for the Wolverines went much better as we seemed to be catching up to the speed of the game. After a 3 and out, the Hawks punted and the Wolverine offense took over. 6 plays later the Wolverines were on the board after a 17 yard run by Tristan Wilson. He also carried in the 2 point conversion. So with 11:06 to go in the second quarter the Wolverines were up 8-0.

The Hawks were determined to make it a game and put together a drive in the second quarter. It was going fairly well until a 30 yard pass was intercepted by Austin Paulsen at the 3 yard line. The Wolverine offense took over and put together a 10 play drive that culminated in a 30 yard run by Tristan Wilson with 3:04 to go in the second quarter. Jackson Louscher was able to sneak over the goal line on the two point conversion to put the Wolverines up 16-7. A score which would stay the same until halftime.

The second half continued with the Wolverine offense on a roll and after 11 plays, Jackson Louscher crossed the goal line on a 2 yard run. The extra point run failed and the score was 22-7 with 7:38 to go in the third quarter. We did a really good job of mixing up the pass and run and were finally handling their defensive line on the run plays.

Vanessa roher

Tristan Wilson (#22) runs the ball during Wolverine Football action against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Friday night at Hartley.

The Hawks turned the ball over on their next drive and a couple plays later Tristan Wilson scored on a 46 yard run. The two point conversion failed and the Wolverines led 28-7 with 5:07 to go in the third quarter. This score would hold as the Wolverines held the ball most of the 4th quarter on a long drive that stalled out on the 10 yard line.

Tristan Wilson led the rushers with 33 carries for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jackson Louscher had 7 carries for 37 yards and completed 6-12 for 86 yards passing. Zeke Lundquist caught 3 passes for 41 yards and Case Moermond caught 2 passes for 38 yards.

Defensively, Austin Paulsen had an interception and 3 tackles. Matt Riedemann had an interception and 6 tackles, one of those being a tackle for loss. Darian Keith had 4 tackles and one for loss. Thomas Nelson had a fumble recovery and 3 tackles and 2 of those for loss.

Next week the Wolverines face the MMCRU Royals. It will be really important for us to be ready to play as it seemed we came out a little flat this last week.


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