“Biggest Game Of The Year” Faces E’Hawks
Emmetsburg Head Football Coach Mike Dunlap doesn’t mince many words when it comes to Friday night’s upcoming contest with the Cardinals of Garner-Hayfield.
“If you though the game with St. Edmonds was our biggest of the year, it wasn’t. Friday at Garner will be the biggest game of the year, no doubt.”
The E’Hawks were sorely tested in their 18-7 win over St. Edmond’s, with the E’Hawks trailing at halftime and not taking a lead until midway through the second half of the contest.
However, a never-say-die attitude and E’Hawk Pride would give Emmetsburg the win, and set up this Friday’s district battle.
Garner-Hayfield is locked in a four-way tie with St. Edmonds, as well as Belmond-Klemme and Lake Mills, who wait to meet the E’Hawks in the final weeks of the season.
“Offensively, they will run out of the veer offense,” Dunlap noted. “They have a real good quarterback, who leads the district in passing. They have a lot of team speed all the way around. No doubt about it, they are a very good football team.”
The Cardinals will give the E’Hawks a new look on defense from their last meeting. Last year, Garner-Hayfield used a 5-2 defense against the E’Hawks, but this year, there is a new defensive scheme.
“They’ll put up the 4-4 defense against us, and they will a lot of blitzing going on, like nearly every play,” Dunlap noted.
While the E’Hawks have enjoyed solid defensive efforts in each contest, the offensive line has worked hard to enable the offense to find success as well. But as the season winds down, the opponents become even more tough.
“We will have to go out there Friday night and be very, very disciplined on both the offensive and defensive line,” Dunlap stated. “The defensive line will have to be especially disciplined to pick up the blitzes, and we’re just really going to have to play assignment football without breakdowns all the way around.”
With the district lead on the line, Dunlap and the E’Hawks know the target is centered squarely on them from here on out.
“We though the St. Ed’s game would be tough, but this will be tougher. We know all these teams are gunning for us and would love nothing better than to knock us off,” Dunlap said. “We have to play our best game of the year, without any question, to come away with the win.”