E’Hawks Stingy In 41-6 Road Win Over West Fork
ROCKWELL – Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks didn’t suffer from any bus-lag after a long ride to Rockwell Friday night as they claimed a 41-6 win over the West Fork Warhawks to improve to 8-0 on the season and 6-0 in Class 1A District play.
The E’Hawks’ defense would play big in the contest, completely denying West Fork any positive rushing yardage in the game, as the Warhawks ran the ball 28 times but ended up 24 yards in the hole, and with just 47 passing yards and 97 yards of kick returns, the Warhawks would come away with 120 yards while the E’Hawks rolled up 331 yards in the win.
West Fork took the opening kickoff and would fumble the ball on the third play from scrimmage, with Joey Naig recovering the ball at the Warhawks 40 yard line with 10:40 to go in the first quarter. The E’Hawks wold quickly mount a textbook drive, grinding up the yardage with runs by Naig until he bulled in from a yard away with 8:52 on the clock for the opening score. The conversion kick by Ben McCain was partially blocked, giving Emmetsburg a 6-0 advantage.
West Fork would go three and out and the E’Hawks would take over, only to return the favor. But a big sack by Emmetsburg’s Jake Morris would force another Warhawk punt and put the E’Hawks at the West Fork 40 yard line.
Once again, quarterback Cory Schultes marched the E’Hawks down the field and with :12 to go, Schultes kept the ball and rolled in from seven yards out for the score. A two-point conversion attempt failed, giving Emmetsburg the 12-0 advantage to end the first quarter.
The Warhawks would quickly go in the hole on their possession, and with 11:00 to go in the second, were forced to punt at their own 24. Jake Morris blasted through the line and blocked the punt squarely. The ball rolled back to the West Fork 15, where the E’Hawks took over.
Joey Naig took the handoff on the first down and raced into the end zone from 15 yards out with 10:56 to go in the half, and then added the two-point conversion for a 20-0 advantage as the E’Hawks were hitting all cylinders.
West Fork went three and out and the E’Hawks took over with good field position and drove downfield once again. With 6:06 to go in the half, Naig got the carry from two yards out for a 26-0 lead. Ben McCain’s kick was on the mark, giving the E’Hawks a 27-0 lead with plenty of time remaining in the half.
Another three and out was all West Fork could muster and taking over at their own 29, Emmetsburg started grinding away once again, this time capping the 71-yard drive off with a four yard plunge by Brady Berkland with :27 to go in the half. McCain’s conversion kick was good to make the score 34-0 at the intermission.
Emmetsburg fielded the kickoff to open the second half of the contest at its own 37 yard line and settled right back into their groove, grinding out the yardage like a finely-tuned machine until Berkland bulled into the end zone from two yards out with 9:44 on the clock. The conversion kick by McCain was on the mark, making the score 41-0 and putting the continuous clock rule into effect.
West Fork would take over after the kick, only to fumble the ball, with Matt Ballman recovering at the Warhawks’ 30 yard line with 8:30 to go in the third quarter. Emmetsburg’s reserves came into the game at that point, but the E’Hawks would end up turning the ball over on downs on a fourth and four with 5:05 to go in the quarter.
The defense kept up its end of the bargain, however, and forced another punt by the Warhawks, giving the E’Hawks the ball back, but Emmetsburg would be forced to punt just before the end of the quarter, giving West Fork the ball to end the quarter.
Facing second and 12 at their own 25 yard line to start the final frame, West Fork would string together a drive battle down to a fourth and one, at Emmetsburg’s 25 yard line, only to be stopped on fourth and one.
Taking over again in their own territory, the E’Hawks worked out to near mid-field, but fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Warhawks at the E’Hawk 42 yard line.
Taking advantage of the turnover, West Fork put together a drive with less than 5:00 remaining that would culminate in a 15 yard run by Ty Sanders for a touchdown. However, the conversion kick attempts was batted down by the E’Hawks to make the score 41-6, keeping the clock running with 1:32 to go.
Emmetsburg would field the kickoff at midfield and made a couple of rushes by Marcus Akridge to bring the game to a close.
Joey Naig would tally three touchdowns in the contest and a two-point conversion run as he carried the ball 19 times for 114 yards. Brady Berkland added nine carries for 72 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while Cory Schultes added a TD with five rushes covering 46 yards. Jake Morris added three carries for 34 yards, while Marcus Akridge made five carries for 10 yards and Jake Stubbs added a two yard carry as Emmetsburg rolled up 295 yards off 48 rushes in the contest.
Cory Schultes completed two of five passes for 36 yards, while Ryan Kliegl attempted one pass. Brady Berkland and Jake Morris both made catches of 18 yards for the E’Hawks, who amassed 331 total yards in the winning effort.
Bobby Gappa would field three punts and return for 36 yards, while Brady Berkland fielded one punt for a 17 yard return and Jake Stubbs fielded one kick for a 14 yard return.
Defensively, Emmetsburg got 11 tackles from Jake Morris, along with a blocked punt and a quarterback sack in the contest. Bobby Gappa and Jake Carlson both made 10 tackles in the win, while Jake Stubbs added eight tackles and Nick Leewright made seven tackles.
Matt Ballman and Joey Naig both recovered fumbles for the E’Hawks in the win.