Emmetsburg's E-Hawk Junior Varsity squad concluded its 2011 season with a pair of wins to finish out a perfect campaign on Oct. 17. Coach Dave Fog's E-Hawks picked up a 34-8 win over Cherokee on Oct. 10 and then blanked ELC 30-0 to wrap up the perfect season.
Against Cherokee, the E-Hawks took an early lead as Allen Jensen scored off an 11 yard run and Brady Christensen added the conversion run for an 8-0 lead.
Christensen would then score on a three-yard run later in the quarter and quarterback Brandon Elbert added the conversion run for a 16-0 lead.
Cherokee would run the clock in the second quarter, as Emmetsburg would run just three plays, and managed to cut Emmetsburg's lead to 16-8 at the break.
In the third frame, the defense came up big with Austin Krause blocking a punt to give Emmetsburg great field position. Brady christensen would score from 25 yards out after the turnover for a 22-8 lead.
A little later, Tanner Dahm would block another Cherokee punt deep in E-Hawk territory. The E-Hawks would march downfield in four plays and Christensen rolled into the end zone from five yards out for a 28-8 lead to end the third quarter.
Emmetsburg would add a final score as Tyler Henson burst into the end zone from two yards out to give the E-Hawks the 34-8 victory.
Brady Christensen would rush for 104 yards while Aaron Bird picked up 98 yards. Brandon Elbert rushed for 51 yards and Allen Jensen added 40 yards of rushing.
Brandon Elbert completed two of five passes for 65 yards in the victory.
All told, Emmetsburg rushed for 293 yards and 65 passing yards for a total of 355 yards of offense.
The defensive effort was highlighted by the blocked punts by Austin Krause and Tanner Dahm.
For their final game of the season, the E-Hawks returned home to Duane Twait field to take on Estherville Lincoln Central and when the dust settled, the E-Hawks had wrapped up a perfect season with a 30-0 shutout win.
An uncharacteristic slow start for the E-Hawks led to poor field position in the first half of the contest for Emmetsburg, but the defense rose to the occasion and kept ELC out of the end zone several times to leave the game deadlocked with no score at the intermission.
start very slowly and hurt by bad field position in first .
After halftime, the E-Hawks came out and began to make things happen offensively. Tailback Aaron Bird started the scoring when he broke free on a 67 yard run off a sweep and got down to the four-yard line, where Brady Christensen popped into the end zone from his fullback spot in the backfield for the score.
Brandon Elbert would run in the conversion for the 8-0 lead and Emmetsburg would never look back the rest of the way.
Estherville Lincoln Central?found it's offense derailed by the E-Hawk defense, highlighted when Aaron Bird blocked an ELC?punt deep in the Midget's territory an on first down after the turnover, Christensen would race in from 15 yards for the score. After the PAT failed, Emmetsburg held a 14-0 advantage.
Tanner Dahm would give the E-Hawks another turnover when he recovered a fumble. Aaron Bird would finish off the golden opportunity with a seven-yard run for a score, and then ran in the conversion to give Emmetsburg the 22-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
The defense continued to play hard in the final frame,, holding Estherville Lincoln Central out of the end zone once again.
On the offense, Aaron Bird struck on a 33-yard run off a counter play and carried in the conversion run for the 30-0 score that would seal the outcome of the game and the season for the E-Hawks.
Offensively, Aaron Bird led the attack with 209 yards and Brady Christensen added 172 yards. Brandon Elbert rushed for 24 yards and Mitch Petersen carried the ball for 16 yards.
Brandon Elbert completed two of four passes for 32 yards to give the E-Hawks a grand total of 440 yards of offense in the victory.
On the defense, Aaron Bird blocked an ELC?punt, while Brandon Elbert picked off a pass and Tanner Dahm tallied a fumble recovery. Austin Krause and Joe Jackson also earned quarterback sacks in the winning effort for the E-Hawks.