The year was 1991 - Emmetsburg squared off against Lakes Conference rival Storm Lake in Class 2A football action. The score that night, in the regular season finale`, was 47-6 in favor of the E-Hawks, who were under the tutelage of Coach Duane Twait.
Now, 23 years later, the rivalry is renewed on the gridiron once again as the Tornadoes of Storm Lake will visit Duane Twait Field this Friday night to kickoff the 2014 football season for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks.
A lot of football has been played in those 23 years, Emmetsburg now plays in Class 1A and opens their season with lots of questions to be answered, as do many teams around the state.
RUNNING?HARD - E-Hawk Gage Jamison turns the corner for a gain during action in Friday’s E-Hawk varsity scrimmage. Emmetsburg will open its 2014 season this Friday night by hosting Storm Lake at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo
For Head Coach Mike Dunlap and the E-Hawks, precious little is known about the Tornadoes for Friday's matchup, other than some basics.
"The work out of a 3-5-3 defensive alignment,"?Dunlap noted, "and offensively, they play from the Pro-I and the Wing I formations."
Something else Storm Lake has, according to Dunlap, is a very desireable trait in football.
"They have great size, all around,"?Dunlap said of the Tornadoes. "And, they have great speed in their backfield."
For Emmetsburg, the senior class will be called on to provide a lot of leadership as several juniors and some sophomores will have to step up into new roles this season, not only for Friday's game, but all season long.
In last Friday's scrimmage, Dunlap liked several things that he saw as the E-Hawks battled in their intra-squad scrimmage.
"I thought we played hard as a team," Dunlap noted. "We were physical, and we had some great team efforts out there."
The coach pointed out that several younger players stepped up in the varsity scrimmage on both sides of the ball to play big, another pleasing aspect of the event.
But while play in a scrimmage is one thing, actually lining up across the line of scrimmage from a player in another teams' uniform is a totally different experience, one that Dunlap well aware of.
"We will need to play with focus and be a very disciplined football team,"?the E-Hawk mentor said. "We will need to be physical and play as a team all night long."
For Friday's season opener, the E-Hawks will continue the tradition of having an Honorary Captain join the seniors on the field for the coin toss.
This season, the Honorary Captain will be Steve Krieg, Krieg was an integral part of two E-Hawk football teams that were state playoff qualifiers in the 1980's, including a State Runner-up finish in Class 2A during his senior season.
Krieg was named to the Lakes All Conference Team and First Team All State by the Des Moines Register as a Defensive back.
After graduating from Emmetsburg, Krieg continued his gridiron career at Waldorf College in Forest City, where he led the Warriors in interceptions for both season and was selected as a First Team All Region player as a Safety during his sophomore year.
Krieg then transferred to Dana College in Blair, NE for his final two seasons. At Blair, he came up with a career-high seven interceptions his senior year and led Dana in interceptions for both of his years of play. Again, Krieg closed out his career at Dana as an All NAIA All Conference and All District player both of his years at Dana and closed out his collegiate football career with 19 interceptions.
Today, Steve and his wife Lisa are both physical therapists. The couple lives in Decorah with their five children.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.