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E-Hawks Manhandled By St. Ansgar In Loss

By Staff | Sep 29, 2015

CENTER?OF?ATTENTION?- Thomas Schultes is in the center of the action as teammates Spencer Bird (69) and Austin Noll (77) try to block the St. Ansgar defense. Emmetsburg would fall to the Saints by a 47-7 tally in district play Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

The Saints of St. Ansgar were anything but saintly as they handed Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks s 47-7 setback in Class 1A District football play Friday night. The loss evens the E-Hawks at 1-1 in district action, and 3-2 overall on the season.

Emmetsburg would get the ball first on Friday, but a punt would ensue after three downs. St. Ansgar would take the ball at their 20 and drove 80 yards to score off a 45-yard run with 5:55 on the clock. The conversion failed for a 6-0 lead.

Emmetsburg would got three and out and once again, St. Ansgar got the ball at their own 47. Five plays later a seven-yard run and a failed kick would give the Saints a 12-0 lead with 2:08 to go in the first quarter.

Emmetsburg would start moving the ball but with :37 to go in the quarter, Clayton Freeman had a pass picked off at the Saints’ 38 yard line to end the quarter.

St.Ansgar would use the turnover to full advantage, as they drove 62-yards to score off a 12 yard run, but again, the conversion failed for an 18-0 lead with 9:30 to go in the half.

Emmetsburg would take over after the kick, but would go three and out when the drive stalled .

St. Ansgar took the ball at their 35 and drove the length of the field to end the half with a three yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion would prove successful to leave Emmetsburg on the wrong side of a 26-0 tally at half time.

Emmetsburg would kick off to open the second half, but a 90-yard return by Cole Willert would be the result. The conversion kick was good, giving the Saints a 33-0 advantage.

Emmetsburg would get the ball and were able to string together a pair of first downs rushing the ball, but the drive would stall out at midfield, forcing a punt. St. Ansgar took over at their 15-yard line and started driving downfield, capping off an 85-yard drive with a 12 yard pass for a touchdown. The conversion made the score 40-0 with :32 to go in the third frame, and also started the continuous clock.

Emmetsburg would start the final quarter at their own 46 yard line, but the possession would end on downs with 9:50 to go.

But with 8:41 to play in the contest, a St. Ansgar fumble was recovered by Thomas Schultes at the Saints’ 47 yard line.

With a gift in hand, the E-Hawks went to work. Emmetsburg would grind out the yardage down to the end zone and with 2:51 to go, Thomas Schultes bulled his way into the end zone from three yards out for a touchdown. Schultes then added the conversion kick to make the score 40-7 and stop the continuous clock.

But on the resulting kickoff, Cole Willert took the ball at the seven-yard line and found a seam down the sidelines for a 93-yard kickoff return touchdown with 2:40 to play. The conversion kick would make the score 47-7 as the clock would run non-stop to end the game.

For Emmetsburg, the rushing attack was limited to 131 yards off 35 attempts, while St. Ansgar gained 319 yards off 52 attempts. Emmetsburg had two of six passes for six yards.

The E-Hawks’ rushing efforts were led by Thomas Schultes, who carried the ball 12 times to gain 42 yards. Clayton Freeman added four rushes for 27 yards, while AJ?Krieg added four carries for 26 yards. Grant Deitering rushed 11 times for 27 yards and Gage Jamison had two carries for 10 yards, while Wes Schultes had two ruses for two yards.

Max Dunlap had a catch for five yards in the effort.

Defensively, Wes Schultes had 15 tackles, while Trey Truog added 10 stops. Grant Deitering made nine tackles.