Scoring Derby For E’Hawks In Win
After taking a 34-0 lead at halftime, Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks needed a quarter to rest up before unleashing a 20-point attack in the fourth quarter to completely blank West Fork 54-0 Friday night. The lopsided victory gives Emmetsburg a 6-0 mark in Class 1A District Two and 7-0 overall.
For the E’Hawks, it was an example of complete control of a ballgame on both sides of the ball. The offense ripped through the Warhawks for 425 yards on the ground alone, and the defense allowed West Fork just 23 yards total offense in the game.
The tone of the game was set in the Warhawks first series.After taking the kick at their own 18 yard line, West Fork would end up punting with 10:31 on the clock. Emmetsburg took the punt at their own 37 and started grinding their way down the field.
Despite a sack of quarterback Tyler Kliegl that set up a third and 11 at the 35 yard line, the E’Hawks didn’t let up.
On fourth down, Langston Jones took off, breaking tackles all the way to score from 35 yards out with 8:17 to go in the first quarter. Matt Wellik put the ball through the uprights for a quick, 7-0 lead and the E’Hawk Express was pulling out of the station.
West Fork went three and out, thanks in part to a quarterback sack by Josh Wolfe and Emmetsburg took over near midfield.
On first down at the E’Hawk 42, Langston Jones took a handoff from Kliegl and zeroed in on the opposite endzone. Moments later, 58 yards downfield, Jones was standing in the end zone with 5:44 to go in the first quarter. Wellik added a kick and a 14-0 lead was building the E’Hawks’ head of steam.
West Fork’s next possession went backwards after a touchback and resulted in a punt from their own five yard line with 2:50 to go in the opening frame. Starting at the Warhawks’ 40 yard line after the punt, Emmetsburg marched downfield quickly and scored with 1:42 to go on the clock when Taylor Morris drug a tackler into the end zone off a two yard run. The kick by Wellik sailed through the pipes for a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after West Fork had gone three and out and the E’Hawks took over at midfield.
The second quarter started with the E’Hawks quickly facing a fourth and two. A Langston Jones run kept the drive alive as Tyler Kliegl drove the E’Hawks downfield. With 8:00 to go in the half, Kliegl hit Jones with a screen pass that Jones took 22 yards for a touchdown with 7:58 to go in the half. Wellik was on the money again for a 28-0 advantage.
West Fork took over after the kickoff, but on second down, Trevor Dettmann picked off a pass by Alex Brayton at the Warhawks’ 45 yard line and returned it to the 19, but the return was nullified by a blocking penalty on the E’Hawks. Emmetsburg started at the Warhawks’ 40 and started downfield once again.
With 5:46 to go in the half, the turnover turned into a score off an 18 yard touchdown run by Matt Wellik. The point after try failed, when holder Joey Naig lost his grip on the ball and it was smothered by the Warhawks, making the score 34-0.
The two teams would trade punts in the following possessions as the E’Hawks began bringing reserves into the contest. West Fork would punt a second time and Tommy Kuecker took the punt and returned it 42 yards for an apparent touchdown, only to have the run nullified on a questionable call. The clock would run down with Emmetsburg holding a 34-0 lead at the break
Emmetsburg opened the second half by taking the ball and getting to the Warhawks’ 27 yard line, only to fumble the ball, which West Fork recovered. West Fork would use the turnover to create their best drive of the evening, working the length of the field to get to a fourth and three at Emmetsburg’s 16 yard line, but a determined defensive stand by the E’Hawk defensive reserves forced a turnover on downs with 4:56 to go in the third quarter. Emmetsburg would take the ball and drove to the Warhawks’ 17 yard line when the quarter ended with no change to the score.
That would change quickly enough as the E’Hawk reserves kept driving to the end zone, capping off the 84 yard drive with a four yard touchdown run from Tommy Kuecker with 10:41 to play in the game. Wellik added the kick for a 41-0 lead as the clock started to run continuously.
West Fork would go backwards on their next possession, helped by a sack by Ben Pelzer that would force a punt. The punt was fielded by Joey Naig at the 46 yard line and returned for a touchdown with 7:38 to go in the game. Wellik added another kick for a 84-0 lead as there was no stopping the train.
West Fork went three and out on their next possession and Head Coach Mike Dunlap sent in the sophomores. The young E’Hawks held up their end of the bargain , taking over with the ball at the Warhawks’ 18 yard line.
Quarterback Cory Schultes took over the throttle of the E’Hawk locomotive and it took just two plays for the Sophomores to make their mark. Schutles would do the honors himself with an 11 yard quarterback keeper with :25 to go in the game. The two-point conversion attempt by Arthur Heldt was stopped just short to make the final score 54-0 as the E’Hawks started their celebration.
The E’Hawks got 172 yards off 13 carries by Jones, who was followed by Kuecker with 59 yards off 13 carries. Keaton Carter added 51 yards from nine rushes, while Taylor Morris added 34 yards off seven carries. Jake Morris picked up 49 yards off six rushes, while Joey Naig added four rushes for 22 yards and tyler Kliegl ran three times for 21 yards. Matt Wellik had 19 yards off two carries and Cory Schultes picked up 11 yards on his lone run. Arthur Heldt picked up four yards on one rushing play and Bobby Gappa added three yards on one attempt for a staggering 425 yards off60 carries. West Fork had a -24 yards off 28 attempts.
Tyler Kliegl made one of four passes for 22 yards, with Langston Jones making the reception.
On the defense, Ben Pelzer ran wild with eight tackles and a quarterback sack on the night, while Adam Leuer accounted for six tackles and a pair of quarterback sacks. Travis Ring added six tackles, while Josh Wolfe would tally a sack with five tackles. Tommy Kuecker and Seth Bird would both make five tackles. Trevor Dettmann added a pass interception to the E’Hawk effort.
For the E’Hawks, the final test of the regular season comes this Friday night when they travel to Lake Mills for a meeting with the Bulldogs.