E’Hawk Sophomores Finish Perfect Season
Emmetsburg’s Sophomore Football Team capped off a perfect campaign with wins in its final two games. Coach Dave Fog’s E’Hawks defeated Algona 46-12 on Oct. 13 and closed the unbeaten season with a 22-8 win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Oct. 20 for the 8-0 mark.
In action against Algona, the E’Hawks broke the game open quickly, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter. Bobby Gappa would draw first blood, scoring off a three-yard run on Emmetsburg’s first possession. Quarterback Cory Schultes tacked on the two-point conversion for an 8-0 advantage early.
Algona would go three and out and the E’Hawks got the ball back, quickly engineering another drive. This time, Cory Schultes went to the air and hit Austin Oppenheimer with a 39 pass to set up a 12 yard run by Arthur Heldt for the second score of the night. Schultes kept for the conversion and the 16-0 lead as the E’Hawks had the train on the tracks and building up steam.
Once again, defense held the Bulldogs to three and out and the E’Hawks used the opportunity to the fullest.
With some great blocking by the offensive line, Cory Schultes saw an opening and took off, racing 69 yards for the score to cap off the first quarter. Bobby Gappa’s run for the conversion gave Emmetsburg the 24-0 lead to start the second quarter.
It was more of the same defensively in the second quarter, as Algona couldn’t sustain a drive, no matter how hard they tried. After getting the ball near midfield, the E’Hawks scored after a huge 49 yard run by Jacob Stubbs that set up a short plunge into the end zone by Bobby Gappa. The conversion run would come up short, giving Emmetsburg a 30-0 advantage.
The E’Hawk defense would complete the first half with the shutout, not allowing Algona a single first down in the half, and getting the ball back into the hands of the offense with plenty of time to work with.
Emmetsburg drove the length of the football field prior to the intermission and capped the drive off with a four yard run by Arthur Heldt. For the conversion, Cory Schultes spotted Justin Firkins in the end zone and delivered a pass for the deuce and the 38-0 lead at the intermission.
After Algona scored to open the second half and cut the deficit to 38-6, the E’Hawks would put an exclamation point on the game with a huge reception, as Cory Schultes fired to Austin Oppenheimer for a 49 yard completion. The catch would set up a five yard touchdown run by Bobby Gappa, with Arthur Heldt tacking on the conversion off a nice option pitch for a 46-6 lead.
Algona would mange to put one more score on the scoreboard on the final play of the game off a pass but it was too little, too late as the E’Hawks recorded the 46-12 win.
With 453 yards rushing and 88 yards in the air, Emmetsburg racked up 541 total yards in the win.
Cory Schultes had 170 yards on nine carries, while Arthur Heldt added 112 yards off 17 carries. Bobby Gappa had 90 yards on 13 carries and Jacob Stubbs had 72 yards on four rushes. Tyler Clasing added seven yards on a carry and Austin Oppenheimer added a run for two yards.
Cory Schultes completed three of five passes for the 88 yards, with Austin Oppenheimer making two catches for 85 yards.
In the season finale` against Estherville Lincoln Central, Emmetsburg got off to a slow start, something they hadn’t done all season, and the Midgets took advantage of it.
Recovering a fumble on the second play of the game, ELC would come up with a 48 yard score. A bad snap on the conversion attempt was salvaged to give the Midgets an 8-0 lead over the E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg continued to struggle, as they were stopped on their resulting possession and a mishandled snap on the punt put the Midgets deep in E’Hawk territory.
Finding themselves in uncharted waters, the E’Hawks took stock and reached deep to settle themselves. The defense came up with the stop and got the ball back on downs.
Emmetsburg started moving after that and regained their form of the season, as Cory Schultes kept the ball and raced 83 yards for a touchdown. The conversion failed, cutting the gap to 6-8 in favor of ELC.
The E’Hawk defense forced a three and out on the Midgets on their next possession and Emmetsburg took over with a lot of real estate to cover.
Emmetsburg drove the length of the field on their possession, grinding out the tough yardage until Jake Stubbs came up with a counter for a 10-yard touchdown run that put the E’Hawks on top. The conversion by Cory Schultes made the score 14-8 in favor of the E’Hawks.
The two teams would exchange possessions to finish out the first half with the E’Hawks leading 14-8 at the intermission.
In the second half, the defensive battle would continue as both teams would trade possessions, but Emmetsburg came up with an 80-yard drive that was capped off by a quarterback sneak by Schultes, who then added the conversion for a 22-8 lead.
Emmetsburg’s defense would continue to play hard, physical football, bending on occasion, but refusing to break in the face of the Midgets. But, as the Midgets were driving and in danger of scoring, Emmetsburg’s Ben McCain picked off an ELC pass to kill the scoring drive and give the game momentum back to the E’Hawks to finish out the game and the season with the win.
Cory Schultes would come up with 130 yards off 12 carries, while Bobby Gappa added 127 yards off 22 rushes. Jake Stubbs had 42 yards off eight carries and Arthur Heldt gained 16 yards on three rushing attempts.
Cory Schultes completed three of five passes for 55 yards as the E’Hawks finished the game with 374 yards of total offense.
The defensive front line of Tyler Henderson, Carson Glasnapp, Derek Henkelvig, Adam Williams and Steve Heddinger combined for 26 tackles in the game to help spark the victory.
“The boys played with great intensity after a slow start, but they earned the victory and the undefeated season through team work, dedication and E’Hawk Pride,” Fog noted.