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Time For Football – E-Hawks Take On Midgets

By Staff | Aug 26, 2010

Jake Jackson runs out of the grasp of a defender during the sophomore scrimmage last Friday night for the E-Hawks. -- Dan Voigt photo

Ever since the 2010 football schedules were released, there have been some dates circled on calendars where Emmetsburg E-Hawk Football is concerned.

The first date was for the start of drills for the season back on August 9. The next one is Friday  night – the opening game of the season – against Estherville Lincoln Central.

“?We’ve been looking forward to this game,” admitted Emmetsburg Head Football Coach Mike Dunlap. “It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen ELC and we know they are a good ball club, because the last two times we’ve played them, they beat us.”

There’s another reason why this Friday’s game is being anticipated so highly by the E-Hawks – it’s time to play football – for real.

No more controlled scrimmages. This is the real deal.

“The kids are ready to play,”?Dunlap agreed.

The Midgets have excellent overall team speed on  both sides of the ball, and return several of their key personnel from last season, making for a very senior-dominated ball club.

Offensively, Estherville Lincoln Central will operate out of the twins formation, and with doubles, as well as midline and the midline option look.

“They have very good speed in their backfield and overall good team quickness,”?Dunlap noted.

When Estherville Lincoln Central puts the defense on the field, the E-Hawks can expect a 5-2 defense that plays very physical football.

For Emmetsburg, Cory Schultes will return to lead the E-Hawks on the gridiron, while the backfield will be up in the air. Several strong backs do return after seeing some time last season, led by Brady Berkland, Bobby Gappa and Jake ?Stubbs, along with Arthur Heldt and Skyler Rice. Junior Marcus Akridge should figure into the mix this season, along with Jake Carlson, Andrew Wellik and Austin McCartan.

The E-Hawks will also have the passing game available as a weapon with tight end Nick Wuebker as an imposing target for Schultes, along with Tyler Clasing, Austin Oppenheimer, Brady Bailey, Justin Studer and Justin Firkins.

“We are continuing to work hard to become a more disciplined football team,”?Dunlap noted.

As a reminder for E-Hawk fans, kickoff time for this season’s games has been advanced a half-hour for each contest to 7 p.m. for all non-district and district contests.