Emmetsburg Tested By Vikings In 17-0 Win
NORTHWOOD – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks played through some mental mistakes and a stubborn Northwood-Kensett squad to claim a 17-0 victory over the Vikings Friday night. The win closes non-district play for Emmetsburg with a 2-0 mark as they prepare to enter the district slate by hosting West Hancock this Friday night at Duane Twait Field.
After making the long drive to Northwood, the E’Hawks would open the game with a 55 yard drive that took just under three minutes. Starting at their own 45 yard line, the E’Hawks marched downfield, capping off the possession with a three-yard plunge by Tommy Kuecker with 9:09 to go in the first quarter. Kuecker would add the conversion kick for a 7-0 lead that Emmetsburg would never relinquish.
The Vikings would end up going three downs and punting, but the E’Hawks ended up facing a similar scenario, as a procedure penalty forced Emmetsburg into a punt. The snap to Joey Naig was high, and Naig had to scramble to pull down the snap and get the punt off, giving Northwood-Kensett good field position at midfield.
Emmetsburg’s defense held firm, and got the ball back at their own 19, but would end up punting the ball away with just over a minute to go, as the quarter would close with the E’Hawks holding a 7-0 lead.
The Vikings would get the benefit of a penalty on a punt attempt, which enabled them to to drive deep into Emmetsburg territory. The drive ended as the Vikings faced fourth and four at the E’Hawk 12 yard line with 7:59 to go in the half. A desperation pass fell incomplete, giving the E’Hawks the ball back deep in their own territory.
Emmetsburg started to drive, only to be penalized for holding, but on the next play, quarterback Cory Schultes hit Jake Morris with a 24 yard bootleg pass that brought Emmetsburg out near midfield. The drive would stall out, forcing a punt with 3:17 to go in the half, but the punt was fumbled by Northwodd-Kensett and Howard Henkelvig recovered the loose ball at the Vikings’ 16-yard line.
The E’Hawks would drive down to the seven yard line but turned the ball over on downs to the Vikings, who would run out the clock and leave Emmetsburg holding a 7-0 lead at the intermission.
The Vikings would start the second half of the game with the ball, but would go nowhere with penalties and eventually faced a fourth and 27 at their own27-yard line and were forced to punt. The E’Hawks got the ball at their own 42 and drove downfield to get inside the 10 yard line, but the Viking defense stiffened. Facing fourth down, Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap elected to try for a field goal. Jake Morris set up at the 12 yard line and booted the ball straight down the pipe for a 22-yard field goal and 10-0 lead that would close out the third quarter.
With the Vikings opening the final quarter at the E’Hawk 39 yard line, the E’Hawk defense came up with a big stop as Howard Henkelvig broke through the line on fourth and 13 and sacked Northwood-Kensett quarterback Spencer Capitani, giving the E’Hawks the ball on downs.
Starting at their own 38, Emmetsburg started marching downfield, aided by a horse collar tackle penalty on the Viking. Schultes piloted the E’Hawks downfield to the 23 yard line. After working to the 18-yard line, Joey Naig took a handoff from Schultes and raced 18 yards into the endzone for the final touchdown of the evening. Jake Morris added the conversion kick to make the score 17-0 with 7:10 to go in the contest.
Northwood-Kensett would take over and soon faced a fourth and two at their 46 yard line, but again, the E’Hawks came up with the defensive stop.
After getting the ball back and starting to move the football, the E’Hawks would stall out after penalties and ended up punting with 1:40 to go. The defensive reserves took over at that point to preserve the victory for the E’Hawks.
For Emmetsburg’s offense, Joey Naig carried the load, rushing 19 times for 115 yards in the victory. Tommy Kuecker added 15 carries for 79 yards, while Cory Schultes added four rushing plays for 23 yards and Jake ?Morris added a five yard gain. Schultes would attempt three passes and completed one 24 yard toss to Kuecker.
Overall, Emmetsburg ran 29 rushing plays for 222 yards and with the 24 passing yards, amassed 246 total offensive yards in the contest. Northwood-Kensett had 44 rushing plays for 134 yards and completed one of four passing plays for seven yards to give the Vikings a total of 141 yards offense.
On the defensive side of the football, the E’Hawks were lead by Brady Berkland with eight tackles. Tommy Kuecker added seven and a half stops, while Howard Henkelvig made seven tackles and recorded a quarterback sack in the win. Arthur Heldt added a fumble recovery to the effort.
The E’Hawks will enter into the district slate of action this Friday night when they play host to the Eagles of West Hancock in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg.