Emmetsburg's E-Hawks came out of the gate ready to play football and never looked back in a 42-7 win over Storm?Lake in the season opening game Friday, Aug. 29. A 35-0 lead at the end of the opening half made for a short game as the second half was played with a continuous clock.
With the E-Hawks winning the toss for Honorary Captain Steve Krieg, Emmetsburg got off to a solid start as they took the kickoff at their own 40 and marched across the midfield stripe to a fourth and four at the Tornadoes' 32 yard line. A quarterback keeper by Zach Anderson kept the drive alive with a first down at the 21 and three plays later, Jacob Kibbie ran in untouched from two yards out for a touchdown with 7:16 to go in the first frame. Thomas Schultes kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead and a solid start.
Storm Lake would take the kick and ended up going four and out, punting to the E-Hawks at their own 40, but the punt was fumbled and the Tornadoes recovered at Emmetsburg's 10-yard line.
FUMBLEROOSKIE - After the ball slipped out of his grasp on a handoff, Wes?Schultes, right, got a lucky bounce as the ball hit the ground and back up into his hands. Schultes gathered up the pigskin and came away with a five-yard gain after that. The E-Hawks would go on to defeat Storm Lake 42-7. -- Dan Voigt photo
But a determined effort by the E-Hawk defense produced a sack and would force Storm Lake to set up for a field goal attempt, but faked the play, only to have it crushed at the 14-yard line, where the E-Hawks took over. with 3:07 to go in the quarter.
Emmetsburg quickly starting driving down field, and with :01 to go in the quarter, Thomas Schultes would score off an 11-yard run. Schultes added the PAT?kick for a 14-0 lead to start the second quarter.
Storm Lake would once again go four and out to start the second quarter, and the E-Hawks took over at their own 27 after the punt. A time consuming drive would ensue, with Jacob Kibbie doing the honors off a three-yard touchdown with 5:40 to go in the half. The kick by Schultes was good, giving Emmetsburg the 21-0 advantage.
Another three and out for the Tornadoes would ensue as Emmetsburg's defense played hard on every down.
With the E-Hawks getting the ball back at their own 28, another drive would be mounted as Emmetsburg marched downfield and with 1:10 to go in the half, Jacob Kibbie would run in from 10-yards away for the score. This time, however, the kick failed, making the score 27-0.
Storm Lake would take over after the kick and tried to mount a drive, but Zach Anderson picked off a pass at the E-Hawk 37-yard line with 1:02 to go in the half. Switching to the offense, Anderson would come up with a 44-yard run to bring th ball down to the 10-yard line on second down, and on the next play, Wes Schultes found the end zone with a 10-yard run for the score with :30 to go in the half. Anderson would keep for the conversion run to make the score 35-0 to end the first half.
With the clock running non-stop to start the second half off the 35-point mercy rule, Storm Lake would go four and out after an 11-yard sack by the E-Hawk defense.
Emmetsburg would get the ball at their own 43 after the kick, and with a mix of offensive reserves taking over, the E-Hawks would drive to the Storm Lake 25 before turning the ball over on downs.
Storm Lake got the ball back but would end up punting again, giving the E-Hawks the ball at their own 26 as the third quarter ended.
With the full reserve offense now in the game to start the final quarter, the E-Hawks would grind their way downfield and were rewarded with 4:23 to go in the game when Gage Jamison ran into the end zone from 13-yards out to score. Thomas Schultes kicked for the PAT and 42-0 lead.
Storm Lake would get the ball back on the kick and managed to engineer a drive of their own and managed to come up with a score off a 48-yard run with :54 to go in the game. The kick was good, making the final score 42-7.
Thomas Schultes would gain 119 yards off 18 carries, while Jacob Kibbie carried the ball 12 times for 100 yards. Zach Anderson had six runs for 81 yards. Gage Jamison ran nine times for 67 yards, with Wes Schultes adding three carries for 29 yards and Tanner Lundgren added three carries for 15 yards.
Clayton Freeman ran three times for nine yards, while AJ?Krieg added three carries for five yards. Grant Dietering ran once for two yards and Will Schany ran twice but did not gain any yardage.
Zach Anderson completed one of three passes for 12 yards, with Luke Jackson making the lone reception.
As a team, the E-Hawks racked up 424 yards off 60 rushing plays, and with the 12 yards of passing, tallied 436 yards on the night.
Storm Lake would gain 92 yards off 23 rushing attempts and completed just four of 10 passes with one interception for 35 yards to total 127 yards of offense.
Defensively, Emmetsburg got seven tackles each from Thomas Schultes and Wes Schultes, while Luca Kremer and Grant Dietering both made six stops.Clayton Freeman and Robert Nelson both added four tackles to the effort and Lane VerMulm made three tackles.
Thomas Schultes made two quarterback sacks and Wes Schultes tallied one sack, Zach Anderson added one interception of a Storm Lake pass to round out the defensive efforts.
There will be little time to enjoy the win as the E-Hawks now gear up for the annual rivalry game with the Spencer Tigers on Friday at Dale Norton Field in Spencer. The Tigers were defeated soundly by Humboldt in their season opener last Friday night in Humboldt.