The REAL Season Opener
The first game of the season is history for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks, who earned a 29-0 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central. But all good E-Hawk fans know that the season really doesn’t start until this Friday night, and more specifically, the season isn’t a season until Emmetsburg and Spencer have squared off on the gridiron for another classic battle.
Friday night, the Tigers will journey to Emmetsburg and Duane Twait Field, smarting from a 25-6 loss in their season opener to Spirit Lake last Friday night. For Coach Mike Dunlap and the E-Hawks, basing any kind of game plan on what happened a week earlier just simply isn’t an option.
The E-Hawks’ first goal for this week’s game is to clean up penalties, something that cost the E-Hawks 80 yards against Estherville Lincoln Central, a significant amount when one considers that the E-Hawks limited ELC to just 62 yards in total offense.
The task this Friday, however, will not be as simple.
“Spencer is a team with great team speed and quickness,” noted Dunlap. “They return a two-year starter at quarterback and they have quality people in their skill positions.”
The Tigers will attack the E-Hawks with a midline offensive alignment and the veer options, while on defense, the 5-2 alignment will be presented to the E-Hawks to try and figure out.
“Their score against Spirit Lake is misleading,”?Dunlap noted. “They are a good team, to be sure.”
In the E-Hawks’ win over Estherville Lincoln Central, Dunlap and the E-Hawk coaching staff liked what they saw, for the most part.
“I thought our offensive and defensive lines played pretty well for the first game of the season,”?Dunlap noted. “But, we know there are things we need to improve on, like finishing out our runs, finishing our blocks and finish our plays.”
Decreasing the penalties is also an area of concern, most understandably.
“We have to cut down on the penalties and execute sharper. All in all, we need to continue to become a disciplined football team and continually improve each week. We can’t ever stop getting better,” Dunlap said simply.