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E’Hawks To Face Challenge With Gaels

By Staff | Sep 24, 2009

If there is a must-see game this season, Friday’s meeting of the Emmetsburg E’Hawks and the St. Edmond’s Gaels fits the bill.

The E’Hawks survived a major scare last Friday against St. Ansgar, winning 21-20, and for this Friday’s game at Fort Dodge, being ready to play from the opening kickoff has to be priority number one.

The Gaels have one loss on the season, a non-district setback at the hands of undefeated Mason City Newman. Last week, the Gaels manhandled district foe West Fork.

“I think St. Edmonds may have more team speed than last year’s team did,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “Offensively, they are a quick huddle team that works out of the wishbone. They run belly, quickside crossbucks.”

While the Gaels haven’t thrown as much this year as they did last year, the possibility is always there, according to the E’Hawk mentor.

On defense, St, Edmonds’ will work out of the 6/2 alignment, a defense that Emmetsburg has seen more than once this season.

To prepare for Friday’s game, the E’Hawks have continued to work at eliminating mental mistakes in order to come up with a mistake-free game.

The E’Hawks know full well that St. Edmond’s will be pumped up for the meeting, with thoughts of avenging a loss last season on their minds.

The E’Hawks will also be looking forward to playing on the new field turf surface of Dodger Stadium, where St. Ed’s plays their home games. The playing surface was installed earlier this year.

“St. Edmond’s is very physical, and has great speed on both offensive and defensive sides of the football,” Dunlap noted. “The biggest factor for us on Friday night will be that we really need to be mentally and physically prepared to play great football for four full quarters.”