It's a good thing that a "Blue Moon"?doesn't happen that often.
For Emmetsburg's E-Hawks, the "Blue Moon" or second Full Moon of a month, only brought disappointment last Friday as Emmetsburg fell to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley by a 34-14 score in the final non-district game of the season. The top-ranked Nighthawks of BH/RV showed they are deserved of that ranking with a pair of quick touchdowns in the opening quarter of Friday's contest at Duane Twait Field.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Emmetsburg would go nowhere on their opening possession and had to punt just over 2:00 into the game. The Nighthawks would get on the board soon after with a 31-yard reception of a Brandt Van Roekel pass by Jerod Hansen. The conversion run was stopped by the E-Hawks, and the Nighthawks held a 6-0 lead with 8:54 to go in the opening stanza.
Emmetsburg would take over again, only to end up in another three and out situation, prompting a second punt. This time, the Nighthawks started at midfield, but Tyler Henson would come up with an interception of a Van Roekel pass at the E-Hawk 27-yard line to kill the drive with 5:49 to go in the quarter. The E-Hawks quickly tried to get something going but would again be forced to punt the ball away.
A short punt gave the Nighthawks the ball at Emmetsburg's 40 and a steady drive downfield ended with a seven yard reception by Colin Bolkema with 1:21 to go in the quarter. This time, the Nighthawks got the conversion run on a keep by Van Roekel for the 14-0 advantage to end the first quarter.
The E-Hawks would continue their offensive struggles in the second quarter, as quarterback Jake Jackson was sacked on a third and seven at the 50, which forced yet another punt, but a roughing the kicker call on the Nighthawks gave Emmetsburg new life on the drive, but a procedure penalty three plays later would force another punt. The Nighthawks took over, but an eight-yard sack of Van Roekel by Tyler Henson slowed the Nighthawks down. But, with 5:29 to go in the half, Miguell Alvarado scored off a two-yard run. The kick by David De Bruin was good, putting the E-Hawks in a 21-0 well.
After taking the kick at their own five-yard line, the E-Hawks finally found their offense. A 48-yard run by Andrew Wellik got the E-Hawks to the BH/RV 47 yard line, and then a keeper by Jake Jackson got Emmetsburg down to the Nighthawks' three yard line before he was shoved out of bounds.
With 3:34 to go in the half, the E-Hawks erased the goose egg from the scoreboard as Wellik bulled his way through the Nighthawks' defensive line to score from three yards out. Nick Merwald split the uprights with the conversion kick for a 21-7 score, allowing the E-Hawks to breathe a little easier for the moment.
BH/RV would be forced to punt on the resulting possession and the E-Hawks took over, only to have Joey Lowman lose the handle on the ball at the E-Hawk 35 where the Nighthawks recovered the fumble.
With :10 to go in the half, the Nighthawks got a three yard reception score from Andrew VanGinkel, but the conversion kick failed, making the halftime score 27-7 with the E-Hawks on the wrong end of the tally.
The third quarter turned in to an exchange of possessions by both teams as neither could engineer any kind of drive until the closing moments of the period, when the Nighthawks drove to the E-Hawk two-yard line as time ran out.
Facing a first and goal at Emmetsburg's two-yard stripe to start the final quarter, BH/RV got the touchdown off a two yard plunge by Levi DeRoon and the kick by De Bruin made the score 34-7 with 11:56 to go in the game.
The E-Hawks refused to concede, as they took the ball at their own 25, but ended up turning the ball over on downs. with 10:03 to go. But, the defense stood firm and turned the Nighthawks away, getting the ball back on downs at the Emmetsburg 24 with 8:51 to go in the game.
Jake Jackson began driving the E-Hawks downfield, grinding out the yardage and working down to the Nighthawks' 14 yard line, where the E-Hawks faced a fourth and 14 with 3:21 to go.
Jackson took the snap, dropped back and spotted Nick Schany crossing the end zone. Jackson fired and laid the ball in Schany's arms for the 14-yard scoring strike with 3:11 to go. Merwald added the kick for what would be the 34-14 final score.
The E-Hawks would gain 183 yards on the ground off 49 rushes, while BH/RV gained 174 yards off 33 attempts. Jackson made three of five passes for 22 yards to total 205 offensive yards, while the Nighthawks had 13 of 23 passes with one pick for 199 yards for a total of 373 yards of offense.
Andrew Wellik had 143 yards on 22 carries, while Jake Jackson added 12 rushes for 30 yards. Brady Christensen had four carries for 11 yards and Austin McCartan made three carries for six yards.
Nick Schany had a 14-yard catch for a score, while Andrew wellik had a nine yard catch and Cody Henderson lost a yard on one catch.
Defensively, Austin McCartan made 14 tackles, while Nick Schany added nine stops. Brady Christensen and Trevor Ring both added eight stops. Tyler Henson added a quarterback sack to the effort.
The E-Hawks have little time to reflect on the setback, as the district slate starts this Friday evening on the road with a new opponent in the Warriors of North Union. The Warriors are 1-1 in their first-ever season of 11-man football, after the two former eight-man squads of Armstrong-Ringsted and North Sentral-Kossuth entered into a shared program earlier this year.
Game time at Armstrong on Friday night will be 7 p.m.