It's Homecoming Week in Emmetsburg, which means there is some added extra emphasis on Friday night's football game for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg will welcome the Wolfpack of Hull Western Christian to Duane Twait Field for the first-ever matchup of varsity teams. But, Western Christian has played the E-Hawks for at least the last six or seven years at the Freshman and Sophomore levels, according to Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap.
Even with that familiarity, Friday's game is going to be the second major test in as many weeks for the E-Hawks, who earned a 43-21 victory over Manson Northwest Webster last Friday evening.
"Western Christian has tremendous size and tremendous speed," Dunlap began. "They have great athletes all the way around."
The Wolfpack will present a different offense than what the E-Hawks have seen, according to the E-Hawk mentor.
"Offensively, Western Christian uses a double-flanker, double-tight end formation. They passed for over 200 yards against Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn last Friday night,"?Dunlap said.
On defense, the Wolfpack is a team that attacks.
"They work out of a 3-5-3 set on defense with multiple blitzes,"?Dunlap said. "They come right after you."
While last Friday's game at Manson was tight for the first half, adjustments by the E-Hawks paid off in the second half.
For the E-Hawks to be successful on Friday, a proper attitude will be vital, given the distractions of Homecoming activities.
"Western Christian is a quality ballclub,"?Dunlap said. "We will need to have great focus, great discipline and great effort on every snap of the football."
Kickoff on Friday is set for 7 p.m. at Duane Twait Field.