E-Hawks Present Offense 101
There was a little bit of schooling going on out on the gridiron of Duane Field Friday night, and it came for the Rebels of Sioux Central. Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks uncorked a 69-6 offensive lesson on the Rebels to open Class 1A District Two play Friday night and improve their record to 3-0 and 1-0.
The E-Hawks knew that Sioux Central would try to throw the football coming into Friday’s first-ever meeting of the two teams on the gridiron, and that’s exactly what the Rebels tried to do, but found the skies unfriendly and the turf more to their liking.
Emmetsburg opened the game with the ball at their own 32 yard line after a muffed catch, but it didn’t take long for Emmetsburg to hit paydirt. In the E-Hawks’ first possession, Brady Berkland burst through the Rebel defense and raced 47 yards for a score with 11:14 to go in the quarter. Ben McCain’s kick was partially deflected and sailed wide, making the score 6-0.
Sioux Central would take over and ended up facing a fourth and 15. A high snap blew the punt attempt and the E-Hawks got the ball back on downs at their own 46 yard line. Emmetsburg worked over the mid-field stripe and got to the Rebels’ 40 before cory Schultes broke free and raced 40 yards for the second score of the game with 6:54 to play. This time, the E-Hawks went for the two-point conversion, as Marcus Akridge ran the ball in for the score and the 14-0 advantage.
Once again, Sioux Central took over and would go three downs and out, punting the ball back to the E-Hawks at the Rebels’ 31-yard line.
With 3:08 to go in the first quarter, Brady Berkland got the nod and scampered 12 yards into the end zone for his second score of the night. Ben McCain added the conversion kick to make the score 21-0 as the Rebels were beginning to wonder what they’d gotten into.
Another three and out was the result of Sioux Central’s next possession and Emmetsburg took over, driving downfield until with just :16 to go in the quarter, Schultes appeared to score off a five yard run, only to have the touchdown called back on an illegal blocking penalty.
Emmetsburg backed up to the 15 yard line and got to the 13 as time expired.
Facing second and goal at the 13, Schultes spotted Nick Wuebker at the goal line and lofted a quick toss to the leaping tight end to score just six seconds into the second quarter. McCain’s kick made the score 28-0 as the E-Hawks had the game solidly in their control.
Just as quickly as the E-Hawks had scored, Sioux Central got the attention of the E-Hawks on their resulting possession. Starting at their own 24 after the kickoff, the Rebels got to their own 28 and on third down, quarterback Brad Ripke hit Nick Wittmack with a 62-yard strike for a touchdown with 11:36 to go in the half. The try for a two-point conversion failed, making the score 28-6 as the E-Hawks settled in for a kickoff.
Sioux Central tried the onside kick, but Ben McCain recovered the ball at the Emmetsburg 33. After picking up a first down, Schultes tucked the ball in and raced 43 yards for a score with 10:27 to go in the half. McCain added the PAT for a 35-6 margin as the E-Hawks began to feel a little more comfortable.
After starting at their own 30, the Rebels were rocked when Berkland intercepted a pass at the Sioux Central 37 yard stripe and got a nine-yard return to the 28.
Taking over on offense once again, Emmetsburg rolled downfield and turned ot Jake Stubbs with 9:07 to go in the half for a 12 yard scoring run. The kick by McCain hit the mark again, increasing the margin to 42-6.
After holding Sioux Central to three downs and a punt, the E-Hawk reserves took over the field and kept the offensive pressure screwed on tight.
The number twos worked their way downfield and it would be Stubbs once again, scoring from 15 yards away wit 4:52 to go in the half. Marcus Akridge put the conversion kick through the uprights for a 49-6 advantage.
The Rebels got the ball into the E-Hawk half of the field for just the second time in the game, and tried another long pass, only to have it called back on offensive pass interference, which would kill their drive and force a punt that would give the E-Hawks the ball to end the first half.
With a continuous clock in the second half under the 35-point mercy rule, the Rebels got the ball to start the second half, but turned the ball over on downs with 7:20 to go. Emmetsburg took over at their own 24 and marched downfield, using a big run from Andrew Wellik down to the Rebels’ 34 yard stripe. A couple of plays later, it was ?Jake Stubbs finding the end zone from nine yards away for his third tally of the night. Akridge booted the conversion for a 56-6 lead as the E-Hawks could seem to do no wrong.
Sioux Central would get to the E-Hawk 42 prior to the of end of the third quarter, but would turn the ball over after a nice defensive stop by the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would start the final quarter at midfield, and quickly drove downfield to get a four yard touchdown run from Cody Henderson with 7:51 to go in the contest. Akridge added the PAT to make the score 63-6.
Sioux Central would get the ball at their 30, only to lose a fumble at their 32 yard line which was picked up by Jacob Hutchinson for the E-Hawks.
The third team offense took over and quickly worked their way down field with Cody Henderson finding the end zone a second time with 3:47 to play. The conversion kick was no good, making the score 69-6.
Sioux Central would take over once again at their 32 yard line, but a fumble would give the ball back to Emmetsburg as Tyler Thornbury jumped on the loose ball at the 35 and the E-Hawks ran the clock down before turning the ball over on downs to the Rebels, who would take a knee for the final possession to end the game.
Cory Schultes would lead Emmetsburg’s rushing blitz with 155 yards on just six carries in the rout. Jacob Stubbs added 89 yards on 11 carries while Brady Berkland picked up 73 yards on seven rushes. Cody Henderson picked up 65 yards on nine carries and Marcus Akridge gained 42 yards off eight rushes. Ryan Kliegl would rush once for 13 yards, while Jake Carlson had a nine yard run and Austin McCartan had two rushes for eight yards and Bobby Gappa earned five yards off two carries. Jake Jackson carried the ball four times, but gained no yardage.
As a team, Emmetsburg racked up 530 yards of rushing from 58 attempts, while Sioux Central gained 109 yards off 25 carries.
Cory Schultes attempted just four passes on the night and completed one for 13 yards and a touchdown, with Nick Wuebker as the receiver, giving Emmetsburg their 543 yard total offensive production.
Sioux Central completed four of 15 attempts for 84 yards and one score to account for their total offense of 193 yards.
Defensively, Skyler Rice would make nine tackles on the night, while Jake Jackson added six stops to the effort. Brady Berkland intercepted a pas, while Jacob Hutchinson and Tyler Thornbury both recovered fumbles for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg will continue district play this Friday night when they make the short trip south on Highway Four to Pocahontas to renew a rivalry with Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer.