E’Hawk Sophomores Defeat LeMars In Thriller
Emmetsburg’s Sophomore E’Hawks took a thrilling 24-22 win over LeMars in football action on Oct. 6. The win improved the Sophomores to a 6-0 season mark.
“This was a matchup of David vs Goliath,” noted Sophomore Coach Dave Fog. “When two 5-0 teams lock up, you knew it was going to be a tough game, especially when LeMars had not lost a football game as a class from seventh grade until we played them.”
Emmetsburg would make the first statement when they took the opening kickoff and then engineered a 65 yard drive before Cory Schultes handed off to Arthur Heldt for a one yard dive into the end zone. Schultes would run in the keeper for an 8-0 lead.
LeMars would try to answer, however, as they drove the length of the field, but stalled out and turned the ball over on downs. The E’Hawks took over at their 22 and drove downfield, with Heldt scoring from less than a yard away. Schultes would again run in the conversion and Emmetsburg held a 16-0 advantage when the first quarter ended.
LeMars would get on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a lightning fast drive that covered 68 yards in three plays before scoring to cut the E’Hawks’ lead to 16-8.
Emmetsburg would mount a counter offensive but was forced to punt, but the resulting LeMars drive was stopped by the E’Hawk defense to preserve the 16-8 lead for the E’Hawks at the half-time break.
Emmetsburg kicked off to start the second half and a great special teams play almost got the E’Hawks the ball when it was knocked loose on the tackle. LeMars managed to hang on to the possession, but two plays later, another crushing hit would pop the ball out of the runner’s grasp, allowing Bobby Gappa to recover the fumble for the E’Hawks.
With the ball at the 49 yard line, Emetsburg got a touchdown off a 10 yard run by Cory Schultes. Arthur Heldt would make a great move to sneak into the end zone for the two-point conversion catch and a 24-8 lead for Emmetsburg.
Facing a 24-8 deficit to start the final quarter, LeMars was able to push a score over the goal line, but Emmetsburg’s defense stopped the conversion try, making the score 24-14.
The E’Hawks took over after the score and began whittling down the game clock, grinding out the yardage and collecting a pair of key fourth-down conversions to cool the Bulldogs’ momentum.
However, LeMars would get the ball back after an Emmetsburg punt and quickly came up with a pass play that they turned into a touchdown with 3:00 to go .
With the score cut to 24-22, Emmetsburg once again went on a clock management offense, grinding out the yardage and securing the win for the young E’Hawks.
For Emmetsburg, the rushing effort was truly a team effort, with a balanced running attack. Bobby Gappa made 23 rushing attempts in the game and gained 79 yards, while Cory Schultes carried the ball 19 times and gained 73 yards. Jake Stubbs picked up 69 yards off eight rushing attempts and Arthur Heldt earned 24 yards off nine carries.
Cory Schultes would complete five of seven passes in the contest to gain 87 yards for Emmetsburg. Nick Wuebker, Austin Oppenheimer and Bobby Gappa made the receptions for the E’Hawks as Emmetsburg amassed a total offense of 322 yards.
“The E’Hawks really played a great game all four quarters,” Fog noted. “Every member of the team contributed a crucial big play at some point. We had no big plays, but drove the field and kept the ball away from the explosive LeMars offense.”
According to Fog, the play of the offensive line was crucial all game long.
“Carson Glasnapp, Tyler Henderson, Nick Wuebker, Adam Williams, Ben McCain and Derek Henkelvig all gave us a great effort,” Fog noted. “All of our athletes and their parents can be very proud of this effort.”