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Let The District Play Begin

By Staff | Sep 12, 2008

The non-district portion of the 2008 football season is history – two wins for the E’Hawks, both in convincing fashion. With a number one ranking by the Associated Press in Class 1A, the stage is set to begin the real season on the gridiron – District Play.

For Emmetsburg, the start of district football means the renewal of an intense rivalry with the Eagles of Britt-West Hancock. There’s plenty of history when the E’Hawks meet West Hancock, and after a few years of not meeting on the gridiron, the two clubs will once again strap on the pads and square off on the gridiron this Friday night in Britt.

“It’s a whole new season on Friday night,” agreed Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “West Hancock is a well-coached team and it will be a good game.”

The Eagles, despite losing their first two games of the season to Grundy Center and Bishop Garrigan, are still a dangerous threat to the E’Hawks, if past history is any factor to consider.

“Just like Northwood-Kensett, West Hancock is a big, physical football team,” Dunlap noted. “They have good size, good speed and have lots of talent.”

According to Dunlap, the Eagles operate out of the Wing-T offensive alignment.

“They like to run the trap play, the sweep and the quick-side iso plays,” Dunlap said. “One thing we know for sure is that they are a much better team than their record indicates.”

When West Hancock puts their defense on the field, it can be somewhat misleading.

“Normally, they line up in a 5-2 or a 6-3 defense,” Dunlap explained. “Their 6-3 is more like a 6-1, but they bring the safeties up for the other look.”

With those thoughts in mind, and the fact that they haven’t seen the Eagles for several years, Emmetsburg knows they will have to have another outstanding effort on Friday night.

“It’s good to see the improvement each week,” Dunlap said. “Our defense played outstanding once again last Friday night, but all in all, it was a good team effort.”

Dunlap continued, “The offensive and defensive lines continued to make improvement, but we still can improve our blocking.”

Emmetsburg was able to get everyone into the game on Friday, another plus in Dunlap’s mind. “It’s always good when you can get everyone into the game and get some playing time, but that game is now behind us. We have to concentrate solely on this game with West Hancock come Friday night. The only goal we have right now is to be 1-0 in the district when Friday night is over.”