E’Hawks Score Early And Often In Win
BELMOND – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks stole a line from an old political campaign joke in their 48-15 win over Belmond-Klemme on Friday. For the E’Hawks, it was a case of scoring early and often, setting the tone of the game with three touchdowns in the first quarter to improve to 5-0 in Class 1A District Two play and 7-0 on the year.
The E’Hawks took the opening kickoff and engineered a nice 76 yard drive that was capped off with quarterback Tyler Kliegl hitting Matt Wellik with a 41 yard pigskin package at the 7:50 mark of the first quarter. Wellik would add the conversion kick and Emmetsburg was out of the gate with a 7-0 lead.
On the resulting kickoff, the Broncos got the ball at their own 30 yard line, but on first down, the ball popped loose and Bobby Mortenson came up with the orb at the Broncos’ 30 yard line.
With a gift in hand, the E’Hawks celebrated Christmas early. Kliegl put the ball up in the air again, hitting Wellik a second time with the 30 yard present for back-to-back reception touchdowns. Wellik’s kick was true and in the space of :19, Emmetsburg had taken a 14-0 lead over the stunned Broncos.
Belmond-Klemme would try to start a drive, but ended up punting the ball away, giving Emmetsburg the ball with 6:30 to go in the quarter at the Bronco’s 45 yard line.
Emmetsburg took over with plenty of time to work with and great field position. It was only a matter of time before something would happen.
After grinding down to the 20 yard line, Langston Jones got the call and came up with a 20 yard run into the end zone for the E’Hawks with 3:33 remaining in the quarter. Wellik added the kick for the exclamation point and a 21-0 lead.
Belmond-Klemme went backwards on their resulting kickoff, giving the E’Hawks the ball at the Bronco’s 36 yard line when the quarter ended.
The E’Hawks would spin their wheels on two downs to face fourth and eight at the Bronco’s 36 yard line. However Kliegl, who sat out last week’s game with a sore ankle, kept the ball and rambled 25 yards to keep the drive on track.
With 10:08 remaining in the half, Taylor Morris rumbled into the end zone from two yards out to score and with Wellik’s conversion kick, the E’Hawks held a commanding 28-0 lead.
Belmond-Klemme would go nowhere on their next possession and punted the ball away again. The E’Hawks took over near mid-field and quickly slipped into Bronco territory before capping off a 47 yard drive with a 10 yard pass to Wellik for his third touchdown catch of the night. The conversion kick slipped wide, giving Emmetsburg a 34-0 lead with 5:54 to go in the half.
Belmond-Klemme took over at their own 20 following a touchback on the kickoff, and this time, the Broncos wee able to take advantage of a couple of missed tackles to drive downfield. The Broncos would get to Emmetsburg’s 29 yard line with 1:21 to go and facing fourth and sixth, tried to keep the drive alive, only to have a desperation pass knocked down to give Emmetsburg the ball to finish out the half with the 34-0 lead.
The Broncos would mount a scoring drive to open the second half, taking the kickoff at their own 20 on a touchback, and then driving 80 yards to score off a one yard run by Cole Wessels. The kick by Kris Erdman was good, making the score 34-7 with 5.59 to go in the third quarter.
With the reserves in the contest, Emmetsburg would answer the Broncos, using a big 22 yard run from Bobby Mortenson to set up a one yard touchdown by Mortenson with 4:02 to go in the quarter. Wellik’s kick made the score 41-7 as the two teams would trade possessions and punts to finish out the third quarter.
The Broncos would drive to start the fourth quarter, but Keaton Carter would intercept a pass at the Broncos’ 41 yard line with 11:50 to go in the game and return it to the 37 yard line.
It didn’t take long for the E’Hawks to cash in, as this time it was Carter who rambled 35 yards for the touchdown with 11:08 to go in the game. Matt Wellik added the kick for a 48-7 score that also started the continuous clock.
Belmond-Klemme would end up punting from deep in their own territory, but the E’Hawks would end up turning the ball over at the Emmetsburg 35 yard line with 4:30 to go in the game.
Belmond-Klemme would mount a last drive as they would go backwards, then gain the yardage back to come up with a final scoring effort, a 35 yard pass reception by Dan Bock with :30 to go in the game. Greg collins added the two point conversion run to make the score 48-15 as the E’Hawks got the ball back after the kick with :27 to go. A final snap would see the E’Hawk run the clock out to tally the satisfying win.
Emmetsburg would get a balanced rushing attack, with 48 rushes racking up 287 yards on the night. Taylor Morris would rush 89 yards off his 15 carries, while Langston Jones ran 10 time for85 yards. Bobby Mortenson had 40 yards off four carries, while Keaton Carter picked up 39 yards off three carries. Tommy Kuecker ran 35 yards off five rushes, while Tyler Kliegl picked up 11 yards on one carry. Matt Wellik had three yards on five attempts and Joey Naig would lose six yards off four carries
Belmond-Klemme would gain 86 yards off 39 rushing plays, and get 82 passing yards off eight of 21 completions with and interception.
Tyler Kliegl would complete four of five passes for 86 yards with three touchdowns. Matt Wellik caught all four passes, including three TD balls, for 86 yards.
Defensively, Tommy Kuecker ran wild defensively, coming up with 15 tackles on the night against the Broncos. Bobby Mortenson would add 10 tackles to the effort, as well as a fumble recovery. Joey Naig recovered a fumble for the E’Hawks, and Keaton Carter picked off a pass for the Emmetsburg defense.
The E’Hawks return home for Parents’ Night this Friday when they will play host to West Fork, the colloboration of Sheffield-Chapin-Meservey-Thorton/Manly.