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E’Hawks To Host West Fork For Parents’ Night Matchup

By Staff | Oct 16, 2008

The final regular season home game always means Parents Night at Emmetsburg. When West Fork comes to town on Friday, they’ll step onto the field facing not only the E’Hawks, but the collective entire E’Hawk family.

West Fork is the combination of Sheffield-Chapin/Meservey-Thorton (SCMT) and Rockwell Swaledale football programs, and together for the first season. The Warhawks won their first district game of the season last Friday night against Lake Mills to improve to 1-4 and 3-4 overall on the season.

That fact in itself makes the Warhawks a most dangerous opponent for Emmetsburg on Friday night, as Emmetsburg enters the contest with a 5-0 mark in the district and 7-0 on the year.

“West Fork has one of the leading rushers in the district,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “They have good speed in their backfield and great outside speed.”

According to Dunlap, the Warhawks will bring an offense the E’Hawks haven’t seen before to town on Friday night. “They play a sort of single-wing offense with a spinning back type offense. It’s an unconventional offense, that’s for sure.”

Even with that, Dunlap says the Warhawks have good size on both the offensive and defensive lines.

“On defense, they will play a 5/2 defense against us,” Dunlap added. “They’ll probably try some slants and blitzes as well.”

All in all, Dunlap knows that West Fork is a dangerous team – dangerous because they have nothing to lose in Friday’s game, and everything to gain from it.

“The have the big play capability with their backs, and we’ll need to be ready to play our assignment defense and control the line of scrimmage,” Dunlap said.

For Emmetsburg to have success, the E’Hawks have to do a couple of things on Friday, according to Dunlap.

“We have to stay on our blocks, we have to be a ball control team and we need to continue to improve individually and as a team,” the E’Hawk coach said.

“This is a big game for us, no doubt about it,” Dunlap said. “We can’t lose sight of what we’ve been working for all season. Our biggest game is always going to be our next game. Our goal is to conintue to improve and to be a better team this Friday night than we were last Friday night.”