Sophomores Improve to 5-0 Over Western Christian
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawk Sophomore football team improved to 5-0 on the year with a 32-16 win over Western Christian.
Coach Dave Fog’s ballclub met up with the undefeated Wolfpack at Hull on Sept. 28 and opened with a first quarter score off an 11-yard run by Alex Hamerlinck, but the conversion would fail, giving Emmetsburg a 6-0 lead. It wouldn’t take long to strike again, as Ryan Kliegl hit Justin Studer with a 35 yard pass for the second TD, and after the conversion failed, the E’Hawks held a 12-0 lead at the end of the first frame.
Western Christian drove the field to start the second quarter and scored to cut the gap to 12-8, as close as they would come in the contest.
Emmetsburg answered with a 75 yard drive that capped off with a three yard pass from Kliegl to Jake Carlson at the end of the half for an 18-8 lead at the break.
The E’Hawk Defense started the third quarter with a big stop and the offense took over, cooking up a five yard score off a keep by Kliegl. Marcus Akridge ran in the conversion for a 26-8 lead at the end of the third frame.
In the final quarter, the E’Hawks added an insurance run after a little gimmick play, as Marcus Akridge pulled up from a toss play and passed to Ryan Kliegl for the final score and 32-8 lead.
Western Christian would manage a final score with time running out to make the 32-16 final tally.
Alex Hamerlinck gained 83 yards off 17 carries, while Marcus Akridge added 73 yards off 14 attempts. Ryan Kliegl added 53 yards on the ground off 11 rushes.
Kliegl would made six of nine passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns as the E’Hawks racked up 304 total yards in the contest.
Linebackers Bobby Gappa and Jake Carlson led the offense, and Ryan Kliegl recovered a fumble and made an interception.
“This was a hard-fought game for us,” Fog noted. “We have some concerns with blocking assignments and converting extra points. But, we’ll keep working to improve. Overall, the young E’Hawks played a solid game agains a quality opponent.”