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E-Hawks Fly High In District Opening Win

September 12, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

In a final score right out of eight-man football, Emmetsburg's E-Hawks claimed a 70-37 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan to open Class 1A District One play Friday night. The win improves the E-Hawks to 1-2 on the season as they prepare to travel to Western Christian in Hull this Friday night for district play.

After two tough losses in the opening weeks of the season, the E-Hawks were hungry to prove they could win, and the visiting Generals provided a perfect opportunity on Friday night. The E-Hawks took the opening kickoff and quickly engineered a 52-yard scoring drive capped off by a 14-yard touchdown run by Nick Schany with 10:02 to play in the quarter. Connor Joyce's kick was good for a quick 7-0 advantage.

Sibley-Ocheyedan would go nowhere in their first possession, but the E-Hawks would strike late in the quarter off a four-yard run by Dylan Kibbie with 2:57 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick by Joyce would give Emmetsburg a 14-0 lead as the quarter ended.

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HAUL?IT?IN! - E-Hawk Spencer Griffin reaches for a pass from Connor Joyce during first-half action against Sibley-Ocheyedan Friday night. Griffin would make the catch for an 11-yard gain and a first down. Emmetsburg would go on to win a high-scoring, 70-37 victory over the Generals in the opening game of district play. - Dan Voigt photo

The Generals would go nowhere early in the second quarter, and the E-Hawks answered soon afterwards with a four-yard run by Nick Schany with 7:26 to play in the half. This time, the kick went low, making the score 20-0.

But Sibley-Ocheyedan would find an answer, as they scored off an 11-yard pass with 4;29 to go in the half. The conversion kick cut the margin to 20-7, but the E-Hawks weren't done just yet.

Taking the kickoff at the 45 after a great return by Dylan Kibbie, Emmetsburg quickly drove downfield, striking with a 19-yard run by Nick Schany for the score with 3:04 to go in the half. A two-point try failed, putting Emmetsburg up 26-7.

The Generals would try to answer but fumbled at their own 39-yard line, with Connor Joyce jumping on the loose ball. The E-Hawks went right back on the attack and capped off the turnover with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Joyce to Zach Foxhoven for a score with 2:12 to go in the quarter. The conversion run from Schany made the score 34-7, but the Generals would have a final shot, and with time winding down, scored off a seven-yard pass as time expired, but the conversion try for two failed, making the score 36-13 at t he intermission.

Sibley-Ocheyedan would get a 92-yard kickoff return to start the second half and cut the score to 36-21 just :08 into the second half.

Emmetsburg would score with 8:35 to go in the third off a seven-yard Dylan Kibbie run and Connor Joyce added the two-point conversion for a 42-21 score.

A punt by the Generals ensued and Kibbie returned it 39 yards to the two-yard line before running it in for the score with 6:52 to go in the third. The conversion kick made the score 49-21, but the Generals would score off a seven-yard pass with 1:15 to go in the quarter. The two-point conversion made the score 49-29 and the Generals tried an onside kick, but the E-Hawks recovered and drove to the S-O 20 before fumbling the ball just after the start of the final quarter.

Sibley-Ocheyedan would quickly respond with an 80-yard bomb for a score and added a two-point conversion to cut the E-Hawk lead to 49-37 with 11:34 remaining in the contest.

But Emmetsburg wouldn't settle for that. Engineering a time-eating drive, the E-Hawks would score with 7:04 to go in the game off a three yard plunge by Nick Schany. Connor Joyce ran in the conversion for a 57-37 lead.

The Generals would see their next possession go nowhere after quarterback Preston Marco was sacked by Evan Brennan for the third time in the game, giving the E-Hawks the ball at the Generals' 28-yard line.

The reserve offense took over and with 4:02 to play, Tim Geelan handed off to Ethan Berven for a five-yard touchdown run. Jimmie Steffens kick went wide, making the score 63-37, but the Generals would go nowhere against the E-Hawk second team defense, as they turne the ball over on downs and the Reserve offense finished out the game with a 14-yard scoring run by Ethan Berven with 1:18 on the clock. This time, Steffens' kick was right down the middle to put the exclamation point on the 70-37 win for the E-Hawks.

The E-Hawks picked up 444 rushing yards while limiting the Generals to 107 yards on the ground. In the air, Connor Joyce made two of two passes for 32 yards, while S-O's Preston Marco completed 20 of 36 attempts for 285 yards in the air.

Nick Schany rushed 20 times for 200 yards, while Connor Joyce had 10 carries for 101 yards. Corbin Saathoff added 12 carries for 67 yards, while Ethan Berven had six rushes for 42 yards and Dylan Kibbie made eight carries for 22 yards. Alex Gramowski had two rushes for six yards and Spencer Griffin had one carry for six yards.

Zach Foxhoven had a 21 yard catch and Spencer Griffin had an 11 yard catch

Defensively, Nick Schany had 13 tackles, while Evan Brennan had six stops and three sacks. Blake VerMulm and Jimmie Steffens also added a sack each, and Connor Joyce recovered a fumble.



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