E’Hawks Tame Tigers
What a difference a week makes.
After manhandling Estherville Lincoln Central in their season opening game, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks seemed to take a step backwards as they squared off with arch-rivals Spencer on Friday night. However, after shaking off an early fumble and giving up a field goal to the Tigers, Emmetsburg got their feet back underneath them in the second uarter to roll to a 48-23 victory over the Tigers. The E-Hawks improved to 2-0 on the season as they prepare to open the district campaign at home this Friday night with Sioux?Central.
With honorary captain Chuck Stillman joining the E-Hawk tri-captains on the field for the toss, Emmetsburg got the ball to start the game, but immediately stubbed their toe. An offsides penalty backed the E-Hawks up to their own 15, and on the first play from scrimmage, Marcus Akridge fumbled the foolball, which was recovered by Spencer at the Emmetsburg 30.
The Tigers would work towards the end zone, but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal by B.J. Kardell with 9:25 to go in the opening quarter to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
The E-Hawks would end up punting on their next possession and Spencer took over, moving the ball well until Arthur Heldt intercepted a pass by quarterback Robby Schlaeger at the E-Hawk 28 after being tipped by Jake Jackson, and returned it to the 44-yard line. The turnover was just what Emmetsburg needed, as quarterback Cory Schultes drove the E-Hawks downfieldand with 1:34 to go in the quarter, Brady Berkland bulled into the end zone from five yards out for the score. Ben McCain’s conversion kick was spot-on, putting the E-Hawks up 7-3 to end the first stanza.
Spencer would open the second quarter by scoring off a 14 yard run by Jack Randall with 11:55 to go in the half. The conversion kick made the score 10-7, giving the Tigers the lead again.
However, the E-Hawks would be snakebitten again on their resulting possession, as once again, Akridge would fumble the ball and the Tigers recovered it at the E-Hawk 29 yard line with 11:45 to go in the half. But, what goes around comes around, as the Tigers would fumble the ball at the E-Hawk 16, with Brady Berkland recovering the loose ball.
With another gift in hand, the E-Hawks stared marching once again, traveling 83 yards before Berkland would plunge into the end zone from a yard away with 5:44 to go. McCain’s kick gave the E-Hawks a 14-10 advantage. But, the Tigers weren’t ready to concede anything just yet.
Taking over after the kick, the Tigers got a 53 yard run by Randall with 4:37 to go and the kick would put Spencer back on top by a 17-14 tally.
Emmetsburg answered quickly in return, as they took over at their own 35 and then got a 52 yard run from Cory Schultes to retake the lead with 4:05 to go in the half. The kick by McCain was good again for a 21-17 lead.
Spencer would take over and try to engineer another drive, only to have the E-Hawk defense finally find its’ rhythm and stop the Tigers on fourth down at the Emmetsburg 25. Taking over after the stop, the E-Hawks struck quickly, as Schultes delivered a perfect pass to Jake Carlson for a score with 1:45 to go in the half. The kick was good once again for a 28-17 lead, but it wasn’t halftime just yet.
Spencer would suddenly be smitten with the turnover bug, as they would fumble the football when Schlaeger was stripped of the ball at the 30. Nick Wuebker would recover the football for the E-Hawks.
Schultes went to work quickly, hitting Austin Oppenheimer with a 20 yard strike down to the 10-yard line.
With :24 to go in the half, the E-Hawks would take two shots at the end zone before Schultes hit Wuebker with a seven-yard scoring strike. Ben McCain added the exclamation point with the PAT?kick to give Emmetsburg a 35-17 advantage at the intermission.
Spencer would get the ball to start the second half, but the E-Hawk defense continued to play well, as Arthur Heldt came up with an interception near the midfield stripe with 10:40 to go in the third quarter.
Emmetsburg started out quickly with Cory Schultes finding Oppenheimer with a 38-yard strike down to the Spencer 10-yard line. Marcus Akridge would take a handoff and raced 10 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. An offsides penalty on the conversion backed the kick up, and McCain’s kick was partially deflected to fall short, making the score 41-17 with 9:14 to go in the third frame.
Spencer would take over and began driving, only to have the drive killed when Jake Jackson picked off a Schlaeger pass at the E-Hawk 35 yard line. Emmetsburg would get out to the mid-field stripe, but had to punt the ball away. The Tigers would take over at the 29 yard line, only to fumble the ball and have Brady Berkland recover the pigskin at the Spencer 46-yard line. Emmetsburg would get to the Tigers’ 38 yard line to end the third quarter with a 41-17 lead.
The E-Hawks would steadily work downfield until Schultes would score off a five-yard tun with 8:52 remaining in the game. The conversion kick by McCain made the score 48-17.
Spencer would take over, only to fumble again with Jacob Hutchinson recovering the ball at midfield. Emmetsburg’s reserves took over, and worked down to the Tigers’ 12 yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Spencer would drive down field and eventually score with :15 to go on a four yard pass, but the conversion kick was blocked by Emmetsburg’s Austin McCartan to make the score 48-23 as the E-Hawks would take a knee to end the game with the victory.
For the E-Hawks, Brady Berkland was the workhorse of the game, rushing 25 times for 144 yards, while Cory Schultes ran the ball eight times for 85 yards and Marcus Akridge added 14 carries for 72 yards in the effort.
Ryan Kliegl picked up 36 yards on three rushes, while Jake Stubbs ran twice for 15 yards. Jake Carlson picked up seven yards on one carry, while Andrew Wellik picked up two yards on two caries and Bobby Gappa had one carry for one yard. Emmetsburg racked up 362 yards in the effort on the ground, and added 143 yards through the airways, with Schultes completing six of 10 passes. Jake Carlson had two catches for 66 yards and Austin Oppenheimer had two catches for 58 yards, while Arthur Heldt had a 12 yard reception.
Defensively, Emmetsburg was led by Brady Berkland’s 17 tackles and two fumble recoveries and Jake Jackson with 13 stops and an interception. Jake Carlson had 12 tackles and Ben McCain added 11 stops, while Jacob Hutchinson and Nick Wuebker both added fumble recoveries to the effort.