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E-Hawks Look To Rebound, Okoboji Next Opponent

September 21, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

Coming off a hard-fought 35-21 setback to Western Christian last Friday night, the Emmetsburg E-Hawks will look to bounce back this Friday night as they make the short trip to Milford to meet the Pioneers of Okoboji. As it is the Pioneers' Homecoming on Friday night, the E-Hawks know they have an added challenge facing them when they arrive in Milford on game night.

"Okoboji has good size and good speed," noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "Offensively, they are a spread offense team, and they will show triple and double receivers. They are about 55-percent pass oriented on offense and 45-percent run oriented."

"They like to run the quick side dive, toss plays, hitch plays, quick side slants and fan patterns as well,"?Dunlap added.

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FOLLOW?THE?BLOCKS - Emmetsburg’s Dylan Kibbie (22) looks for running lanes as teammate Jeremiah Weir (56) blocks the outside during a play against Western Christian last Friday. The E-Hawks battled one of the top-ranked teams evenly through the contest and look to rebound this Friday when they travel to Okoboji. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Pioneers, like the E-Hawks, come into the fifth week of the season with a 2-2 mark on the season, with non-district wins over North Union and Cherokee, and district losses to West Lyon and Sibley-Ocheyedan.

"Defensively, they are a 4/4 alignment and they blitz a lot,"?Dunlap noted. "We will have to be ready for the blitz all game long."

For the E-Hawks, the focus going into the contest on Friday night is continuing to make positive strides.

"Things we need to keep working at are to continue to improve in all three facets of the game,"?Dunlap began, "Offense, defense and special teams. And, we need to clean up on our mental errors, which we can do."

"The biggest thing for us to remember is we are not that far from being a 4-0 team this season. We simply need to play hard for four-full quarters, and we have confidence our kids can do that," Dunlap added.



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