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E’Hawks Face Challenge With Broncos

By Staff | Oct 9, 2008

When Emmetsburg takes to the field in Belmond this Friday night, there will be two givens – first, that one team will emerge victorious and the other will be disappointed, and secondly, it will be a tough game all the way around.

Head Coach Mike Dunlap and the E’Hawks know what they face going into the seventh week of the season at Belmond-Klemme – a dangerous team that is filled with quality athletes.

“Belmond-Klemme will come at us out of a Wing-I formation, or they’ll line up in a shotgun with triple receivers,” Dunlap said. “They can go from power football to the passing game that quick.”

With a three-year returning starter at quarterback, the Broncos also have a pair of 6’4” split ends to throw the ball at.

“Their entire backfield has good size and speed, and they have a nice sized line as well,” Dunlap said. “Make no mistake, this is another good quality football team.

Belmond-Klemme’s defense is nothing to take for granted either, according to the E’Hawk head coach.

“They run Tight Eagle, just like we do or a 6/2 alignment,” Dunlap said. “Collectively, they will have the best defense that we’ve seen all year on Friday night.

After Friday’s 42-7 win over Garner-Hayfield, Dunlap noted the E’Hawks played well, but there were things to look at.

“We did a lot of good things against Garner-Hayfield, but we have a lot of things to clean up,” Dunlap admitted. “We need to become a much better team this Friday night than we were last Friday night.

While Emmetsburg limited the Cardinals to just five rushing yards, nearly 200 yards came through the air. Other aspects of the E’Hawks’ game give Dunlap questions to be answered.

“When we meet up with Belmond-Klemme, we simply must become a more disciplined football team on offense, defense and special teams,” Dunlap said. “We need to eliminate the mental mistakes on both offense and defense, and play our best football of the season.

With just three games remaining in the regular season, this is no time for the E’Hawks to lose their focus, something Dunlap keeps reminding the players of. “One game at a time and Friday is the most important game.”