Scrimmage Shows Promise
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks provided fans with plenty of promise in their annual pre-season football scrimmage this past Friday evening.
Emmetsburg’s Black shirts earned a 1313-0 l-6 win over the White shirts in the annual sports drink scrimmage played Friday at Duane Twait Field.
The Black Shirts, guided by senior quarterback Tyler Kliegl, struck first, as Kliegl hooked up with Trevor Dettmann for a 60 yard pass play that Dettmann pulled down despite a great defensive play by Keaton Carter. Dettmann would score the touchdown, only to have the kick fail for a 6-0 lead.
The White shirts, guided by quarterback Joey Naig, would take over but fumbled the ball to the black squad at mid-field. The Black shirts drove down field and would score again off a 31 yard run by Langston Jones, only to have the run called back for a holding penalty.
The White defense would stop the Black shirts and get the ball back on downs. Naig quickly piloted the White squad to the Black 39 yard line to end the first quarter.
But on a fourth and one at the 30, a fumble gave the ball back to the Black squad. Tyler Kliegl used the running game of Langston Jones and Taylor Morris to work the Black shirts downfield, and capped off the drive with a 35 yard run by Jones for the score. Matt Wellik added the kick for a 13-0 lead.
The White team took over at the 30 yard line and started driving, with Bobby Mortensen making several nice runs , capping the drive off with a 32 yard run by Keaton Carter to score the touchdown. The conversion attempt failed as the scrimmage ended with the 13-6 tally for the varsity squad.
Emmetsburg’s Freshmen took on the Sophomores in a two-quarter scrimmage that saw the Sophomores take a 22-8 win over the younger E’Hawks.
The Freshmen started the game with a couple of nice carries until Brady Berkland took a handoff and raced 43 yards for the opening touchdown. Marcus Akridge added the carry for the two point conversion and 8-0 score.
The sophomores would answer back with Bobby Gappa making a 52 yard touchdown run , but the conversion failed for an 8-6 tally.
After a punt, the Sophomores got the ball back and drove the length of the field before Gappa would again find paydirt at the end of a 22 yard run to make the score 12-8. Gappa added the conversion for a 14-8 margin over the Freshmen.
The freshmen would be shut down again and the Sophomores went to work one final time. Once again, Bobby Gappa would tote the load, as he broke loose for a 62 yard touchdown run and got the conversion from Arthur Heldt to claim the 22-8 win over the Freshmen.
“We saw some promising things, and of course, there are things we need to address and polish,” noted E’Hawk Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “We’ll work all week to prepare for Spencer with the thought that we have to control the line on both sides of the ball, and play or brand of solid, E’Hawk Football.”