Emmetsburg's second step down the postseason trail came at the expense of Fort Dodge St. Edmonds on Monday night, as the E-Hawks posted a 28-0 shutout over the Gaels. The win moves Emmetsburg into a Class 1A Quarterfinal matchup this Friday, Nov. 2, against IKM-Manning at Manning at 7 p.m. for the right to advance to a semi-final game at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov.10.
For the first seven minutes of Monday's game, it was an exercise in defense for both teams, with exchanges of punts back and forth.But after the Gaels second punt of the contest, Emmetsburg got the ball at their own 20 after a touchback.
After a first down run of seven yards by Andrew Wellik, on second down, quarterback Jake Jackson handed off to the senior again. Wellik threaded his way through the Gael defense, shook off at least two tackle attempts and outran the Gaels 73 yards for the opening score of the game with 4:56 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick by Nick Merwald went wide, making the score 6-0.
St. Eds would get the ball at their own 32 yard line and began moving the ball, but Jake Jackson stepped up and intercepted a pass at the E-Hawk 44 yard line to kill the drive and end the first quarter with a 6-0 lead for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would drive to the Gaels' 26 yard line but stalled out, prompting a 40-yard field goal attempt by Nick Merwald, but the kick fell short.
St. Eds would take over at the 20 and tried to mount a drive, getting to their own 28, only to fumble the ball, which Tyler Henson fell on for the E-Hawks at the Gaels' 28 yard stripe with 11:17 to go in the half.
Using the turnover to their advantage, Jackson handed off to Wellik who broke to the one yard line, and then dived into the end zone on the next play for the touchdown with 10:43 to play. The E-Hawks went for two on the conversion and Wellik raced in to score, only to be hit by the Gaels' Landon Peed after the play was over, drawing a late-hit penalty on the resulting kickoff against the Gaels.
With a 14-0 advantage, the E-Hawk defense would hold the Gaels to a first down and then a punt, getting the ball back. But Emmetsburg's drive would stall out and result in a punt.
As St. Eds took over at their own 13, quarterback David Flattery went to the air, only to be picked off by Nick Schany, but a pass interference call on the E-Hawks negated the pick. A first down from the penalty would go backwards for the Gaels, as Taylor Wegner dropped Flattery for an eight-yard loss and prompted another punt to end the half with Emmetsburg leading 14-0.
Emmetsburg would kick off to the Gaels to start the second half and the defense settled in, as the two clubs would once again exchanged possessions and punts through the third frame, with the E-Hawks getting the ball to the Gaels' 34 yard line to end the quarter.
Holding the 14-0 lead to start the final frame, Emmetsburg wasted little time in scoring again, as Wellik would run 38 yards on the second play of the quarter to score with 11:23 to go in the contest. Nick Merwald added the kick for a 21-0 lead and some breathing room for the E-Hawks.
St. Edmonds would take over and go three and out, giving Emmetsburg the ball on their own four yard line. A nice nine-yard run on first down by Cody Henderson gave the E-Hawks room to work just inside their 14 yard line.
On second and one, Wellik tucked the ball in and took off for the opposite end of the field, once again breaking at least three tackle attempts and outrunning two defenders for an 86-yard touchdown juant with 8:55 to go in the contest. Merwald added the kick for a 28-0 score that all but put the game on ice.
The Gaels would get the ball back on the kick and started moving against the E-Hawks, but with 4:33 to go in the game, Jake Jackson played the spoiler role once again, picking off a Flattery pass at the E-Hawk 30 and returning it to the Gaels' 46 yard line.
Emmetsburg would end up punting the ball after the pick, and the Gaels started upfield again, only to be picked off again by Nick Schany with :23 to go, ending the ballgame with the shutout for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would rack up a total offense of 404 yards while St. Edmonds managed to gain 116 yards rushing and 26 yards passing as they completed four of nine with three interceptions.
Andrew Wellik ran wild in the win for Emmetsburg with 31 carries for 365 yards, including four touchdown runs of 73, one, 38 and 89 yards. Cody Henderson added nine carries for 46 yards, with Allen Jensen rushing three times for eight yards. Jake Jackson would rush four times for eight yards and Austin McCartan had a three yard rushing attempt.
Jake Jackson attempted just one pass in the contest which fell incomplete.
On the defensive side of the ball, Mitch Petersen had 16 tackles, while Tanner Dahm added 15 stops and Austin McCartan made 13 tackles.
Nick Schany made eight tackles and an interception, while Tayler Wegner had seven tackles and a sack. Jackson had two interceptions and Tyler Henson added a fumble recovery to the winning effort for the E-Hawks, who improved to 10-1 on the season with the victory.