E’Hawk Sophomores Start Season With Wins
by Dan Voigt
Emmetsburg’s Sophomore E’Hawks are off to a great start this season with a 3-0 mark in their first three games of the season. Coach Dave Fog’s young E’Hawks posted a 52-6 win over Storm Lake in their season opener and then claimed a 60-0 shutout over Cherokee before earning a 36-22 win over arch-rivals Spencer.
In the season opener with Storm Lake, the E’Hawks took control early and never looked back. Quarterback Ryan Kliegl scored first off a 34-yard belly keep to start the scoring derby. Jake Stubbs would strike next with a 51-yard touchdown run off a trap play. Brady Berkland would get the call next, scoring first off a 12-yard belly play and then added another score off a nine-yard run for the 30-0 lead at the half-time break.
The E’Hawks would add three more scores in the second half, starting with a 13-yard keeper by Ryan Kliegl. Marcus Akridge would tally a run off a seven-yard effort and Justin Studer came up with an 80-yard touchdown pass reception to seal the win.
Ryan Kliegl would pass four times and completed all four to tally 123 yards and one score, the 80 yard strike to Studer. Brady Berkland would lead the ground attack with 111 yards off 10 carries and two touchdowns. Marcus Akridge added 83 yards off 11 carries, while Kliegl would tally 68 yards on six rushes. Jake Stubbs picked up 51 yards off his lone carry for a touchdown and Tony Henson added 10 yards on one attempt.
Defensively, the E’Hawks got four quarterback sacks from Marcus Akridge, with Brady Berkland and Jake Carlson leading the tacklers.
The next week, the E’Hawks traveled to Cherokee and came home with the 60-0 shutout win. Marcus Akridge would score first on a seven yard run and then followed up with a 23 yard scoring run. Andrew Garrelts scored a defensive touchdown after picking off a screen pass and returning it 41 yards for the score. Marcus Akridge then added an 80 yard run for a score, and closed out the half with a three-yard run for a 36-0 lead at intermission.
The second half started with a 10 yard run by Marcus Akridge for a touchdown, before Bobby Gappa scored off a 15 yard effort. The final score of the game would come off a 37 yard interception return by Ryan Kliegl for the 60-0 final tally.
Marcus Akridge burned up the turf for 233 yards and five touchdowns, while Ryan Kliegl carried 10 times to total 128 yards, and completed three of four passes for 33 yards. Bobby Gappa added 45 yards off nine rushes in the win.
The defense was led by Justin Studer, Andrew Garrelts and Ryan Kliegl with interceptions, while Kliegle and Jake Hutchison led the tackling.
Against Spencer, the final score didn’t tell the true story of the game.
Spencer would score first after Emmetsburg’s opening drive was halted by a turnover. Trailing 8-0, the E’Hawks quickly answered with Marcus Akridge returning the kickoff 70 yards. Ryan Kliegl ran in the conversion for an 8-8 tie to end the quarter.
Emmetsburg would drive down to the one-yard line, but couldn’t muscle the ball in for a score, and turned it over to the Tigers. Late in the half, Ryan Kliegl found his big tight end, Jake Carlson, on a bootleg for a 23 yard gain that would set up a score. Carlson would pull in a play-action pass to score, but the PAT?failed, giving Emmetsburg a narrrow 14-8 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Spencer took the opening kick and drove 76 yards to tie the game up at 14-14. Emmetsburg wasn’t fazed, as they took to the air to answer. Jake Stubbs pulled in a 70 yard strike from Kliegl to score, and Bobby Gappa added the conversion for a 22-14 lead. The E’Hawks would stop the Tigers on their resulting possesssion and quickly mounted a drive as on the first play from scrimmage, Kliegl hit Austin Oppenheimer with a 45 yard throwback pass for a score .The conversion failed, but Emmetsburg held a 28-14 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the final frame. Jake Carlson picked off a Tiger pass early and set up a final scoring drive for Emmetsburg. The E’Hawks ground their way downfield and capped off the drive with a two-yard run by Bobby Gappa. Ryan Kliegl added the conversion for a 36-14 lead.
Spencer would mount a big drive and score a late touchdown to cut the margin to 36-22, but Emmetsburg would sustain some short drives to preserve the win.
Bobby Gappa would rush for 89 yards off 17 attempts, while Marcus Akridge added 57 yards off 15 carries. Ryan Kliegl had 53 yards on 11 attempts and completed five of six passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Jake Stubbs would add 11 yards rushing of two carries.