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District Play Begins Friday

By Staff | Sep 9, 2010

Even though it doesn’t seem possible, the football season enters a second phase this Friday with the start of the district slate of games for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks. That means the tune-up games are done – now it’s time to really play football.

The E-Hawks have started the season out on a positive note with wins over Estherville Lincoln Central and Spencer, but now, the complexion of Friday night changes with the heart of the season at hand.

Emmetsburg’s hopes for a district title will have a long road to travel, starting with this Friday’s match-up with the Rebels of Sioux Central.

“Sioux Central is 1-1, they’ve lost to Clay Central-Everly, but beat Okoboji,”?noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “They have good team speed, good athletes and good size overall.”

Offensively, the Rebels work out of the Pro-I formation, and utilize twins. Plays will include the blast, power and the quick-side toss in the rushing arsenal.

On defense, Sioux Central works from the 3-5-3, and will blitz their opponents frequently out of that alignment.

Looking at Sioux Central, Dunlap and the E-Hawks know that they will face a challenge much like they’ve faced in their first two games.

But even after a slow start against Spencer this past Friday night, the E-Hawk mentor was pleased with his team’s performance against the Tigers.

“I thought we had a good team effort against Spencer,”?Dunlap said, “but we still need to become more disciplined and continue to improve as a team.”

“We got off to a poor start,”?Dunlap continued, “but then we scored on each of our next five possessions in a row, so we were able to battle back from some adversity.”

However, penalties and mental mistakes continued to bother the E-Hawks, something that Dunlap and the entire coaching staff want to eliminate as soon as possible.

“We  really need to eliminate the mental errors on our assignments and clean up our mistakes and penalties, and that all goes with becoming a more disciplined football team,” Dunlap said. “On Friday we need to get out to a great start and then continue to play at a higher level, and just not make the silly mistakes we’ve been making.”

With seven weeks of football to be played in the regular season, the emphasis shifts into a higher gear.

“We need to remember that hard work still works,”?Dunlap said. “Discipline and effort still win games.”