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E’Hawks To Host Spencer Friday

By Staff | Aug 27, 2009

The season begins for real this Friday night for the Emmetsburg E’Hawks as arch-rivals Spencer come to Duane Twait Field.

While the E’Hawks have a state title to defend, that can’t be the primary focus as Coach Mike Dunlap’s squad takes to the field Friday night. That focus will be to play as a team, from the opening kickoff to the final horn.

“The entire coaching staff and myself have the greatest confidence in this team,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “They’ve worked hard all through the pre-season and now it’s time to put that hard work to the real test, the regular season.”

After last Friday night’s pre-season scrimmage, Dunlap liked what he saw from his perch in the pressbox, overlooking Duane Twait Field.

“Overall, I was very pleased with the effort of both the white and the black shirts in the varsity scrimmage,”?Dunlap admitted. “We looked very good on both sides of the football. There were some good efforts out there, some things to work on, for sure, but all in all, the coaching staff was pleased with what we saw.”

With the pre-season now out of the way, the true test comes this Friday night, with the annual season opener with the Spencer Tigers. Past history has seen Emmetsburg come up with good wins over the Tigers.

But, nothing is ever a given in football.

The Tigers will come into Duane Twait Field looking for revenge after a loss last season on their own field.

“Spencer will come at us in the veer and veer option offense,”?Dunlap noted. “They have a junior quarterback and they have great size and speed all over the field. You don’t overlook a team like Spencer.”

The Tigers will bring that same size and speed to their defense, according to Dunlap. “They will show us the 5/2 and 6/2 defense, putting a lot of people up front, and they’ll use their size and speed, for sure.”

For Emmetsburg to get off to a solid start, there will be one ever-critical key.

“We must control both the offensive and defensive lines of scrimmage,”?Dunlap noted. “That’s crucial. We also will have to be a very disciplined defensive team, play our assignment defense to the letter. We can’t break down.”