ARMSTRONG - North Union did a good job of moving the ball early against South O'Brien, but the Wolverines came up with bigger plays to win 28-10 over the Warriors on Friday.
South O'Brien took a 13-10 halftime lead and outscored the hosts 18-0 in the second half.
North Union's first drive stalled deep in Wolverine territory when the Warriors came up half a yard short on fourth down.
North Union’s Mitch Dahl makes a tackle during play against South O’Brien on Friday.
Photo by David Swartz
The Warriors defense forced a three-and-out for South O'Brien and immediately went to work again.
This time, North Union's drive stalled at the 10-yard line where Jonas Hoffman kicked a 28-yard field goal.
The 3-0 lead didn't last long.
Two plays later, the Wolverines scored on a long run from scrimmage and added the kick to go up 7-3.
Later in the second quarter, Aric Runge connected with Trent Pedersen on 14-yard pass.
But that was the final scoring for the Warriors who had three turnovers on the night.
South O'Brien out-rushed North Union 350 to 142. Cody Runksmeier had 65 yards on 13 carries while Runge carried the ball 22 times for 50 yards and Jacob Braddock had four carries for 27 yards.
Runge was 10-of-22 passing with two interceptions. Kaleb Olson caught three passes for 32 yards, Pedersen had four catches for 34 yards, Braddock had two catches for 31 yards and Runksmeier had one catch for 15 yards.
Defensively, Blake Cole recovered two fumbles. The Warriors gave up one fumble. Olson had eight tackles while Eythan Blair and Jacob Govern each had 10 and Jeff Brickner had eight.
North Union (1-6 overall) is home against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn next week.