E’Hawk Offense Rolls In 53-7 Win Over Broncos
Emmetsburg improved its season mark to 5-0 in District Two of Class 1A with a 53-7 win over Belmond-Klemme on Friday night. The E’Hawks would grind the Broncos up in the contest, churning out 597 yards, while Belmond-Klemme gained just 27 yards on the ground and 71 yards in the air for 98 total yards of offense in the convincing win.
In a switch for the E’Hawks, they played defense first, but did it well, holding the Broncos to three downs and a punt within :50 of the start of the game.
Taking over at their own 35, the E’Hawks worked methodically downfield, capping off the drive with a 36 yard run by Tommy Kuecker with 9:19 to go in the quarter. Ben McCain added the conversion kick for a 7-0 lead as the E’Hawks were, for lack of a better term, off and running.
Another three downs and a punt were the outcome for Belmond-Klemme’s next possession and once again, the E’Hawks took over at their own 32 yard line after the punt. A nice gain to the midfield stripe backed up off a penalty and the E’Hawks would end up having to punt with 4:39 to go in the first quarter.
However, the Broncos would stall out again and punt back to the E’Hawks.
Starting at the 49, Emmetsburg again drove downfield, but disaster struck at the 17 yard line when Kuecker was tackled after a nice run and the ball popped loose. Belmond-Klemme fell on the loose ball, taking over at their 17. The turnover would do no good as the Broncos had to punt with :55 to go in the quarter.
Emmetsburg took over and got to their own 45 yard line as the first quarter ended with the E’Hawks holding a 7-0 advantage.
A nice drive of 41 yards would bring the E’Hawks down to the Bronco’s 14 yard line, where, facing fourth fourth and six, quarterback Cory Schultes kept the ball for the option and scored from 14 yards out with 8:37 to go in the half. The conversion kick was deflected, making the score 13-0 for the E’Hawks.
The Broncos would take over at their own 35 and managed to pick up a couple of first downs, moving into E’Hawk territory. But with 7:04 to go in the half, a pass was deflected by Eric Pelzer, who executed the tip drill flawlessly and came down with the interception at Emmetsburg’s 44 yard line to kill the drive.
However, it was tit-for-tat as Schultes was intercepted on the very next play by Belmond-Klemme, who got the ball back at their own 38 yard line. The Broncos would lose two yards on the resulting possession and had to punt, giving the E’Hawks the ball at their own 34 yard line.
With 6:00 to go in the half, Emmetsburg started another clock-eating drive that was capped off with 4:38 to go as Joey Naig found the end zone from 14 yards out for the score. Schultes would run in the conversion for a 21-0 advantage.
A three and out would give Emmetsburg the ball back, but the E’Hawks would punt back to the Broncos to end the half with the 21-0 advantage.
Emmetsburg too the ball to start the third quarter and drove methodically down to the red zone, where Schultes ran in from 19 yards, only to have the run waved off on a holding penalty. After backing up, the E’Hawks started grinding back towards the end zone, where Joey Naig ran in from 12 yards out with 8:58 to go in the quarter. Ben McCain kicked the conversion for a 28-0 lead as the E’Hawks seemed to be in complete control.
But on the resulting kickoff, Belmond-Klemme’s Jose Duran fielded the kick at the 14 and weaved his way through the defense down the far sidelines to return the kick 86 yards for a score. The conversion kick was good to make the score 28-7.
With the wakeup call delivered, Emmetsburg answered quickly. A series of slashing runs brought Emmetsburg down into Bronco territory and with 6:08 to go in the quarter, Cory Schultes kept the ball and ran in from 13 yards. The conversion kick was again partially deflected as Emmetsburg took a 34-7 lead.
The Broncos were held to three and a punt by the Emmetsburg defense and the E’Hawks took over after the punt and engineered another drive. Starting at their own 22 yard line, Schultes drove the E’Hawks 74 yards, with a big chunk coming off a 49 yard run by Joey Naig. With 1:56 to go in the quarter, Naig ran in from four yards out and McCain added the conversion kick for a 41-7 lead.
Belmond-Klemme would take over, only to lose the ball when Brady Berkland picked off a pass at the 48 yard line and returned it to the 23 yard line with just over 1:00 to go in the quarter.
The E’Hawk reserves took over to start the final quarter, and Ryan Kliegl piloted the E’Hawks down to paydirt. With first and goal at the three, Kliegl backed out of the snap and rolled out, only to drop the ball. He picked it up and shoveled it to Bobby Gappa, who scored from three yards out. Gappa’s kick was blocked for a 47-7 lead.
With the clock running non-stop, the E’Hawk reserves kept up the pressure.
The clock ran continuously from the 10:23 mark, and Belmond-Klemme would drive deep into Emmetsburg territory, only to lose the ball on a fumble with 7:18 to go when Tyler Thornbury recovered the loose ball at Emmetsburg’s 19 yard line.
Once again, Emmetsburg ground the ball downfield, and with 1:47 to go in the game, Jake Stubbs found a hole and busted through the defense to run in from 454 yards out. The conversion kick by Bobby Gappa failed, making the final score 53-7 in favor of the E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg got 268 yards rushing from Joey Naig off 26 attempts, while Tommy Kuecker added 17 carries for 111 yards. Bobby Gappa rushed 10 times for 55 yards, while Jake Morris added two carries for 53 yards. Cory Schultes added 52 yards on seven carries while Jacob Stubbs had three carries for 51 yards. Brady Berkland carried once for five yards and Ryan Kliegl picked up two yards.
Defensively, Tommy Kuecker had nine and a half tackles, while Brady Berkland made eight stops. Jake Morris, Ben Pelzer and Eric Pelzer all recorded quarterback sacks, while Eric Pelzer and Brady Berkland intercepted passes and Tyler Thornbury recovered a fumble for the E’Hawks.
Emmetsburg will travel to West Fork this Friday evening for district action, with the game to be played in Rockwell.