E-Hawks Hand Indians A Defeat
POCAHONTAS – For the second week in a row, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawk offense racked up over 400 yards of rushing yardage and earned a 48-13 win over the Indians of Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer Friday night. The win improves Emmetsburg’s record to 4-0 on the season and 2-0 in Class A District two.
With the train on the tracks and express building up steam, the E-Hawks are playing solid football right now. But, when you add in 100 yards of penalties in an otherwise lopsided game, and then consider that this week is Homecoming week at EHS, distractions are something the E-Hawks need to do without.
Friday’s game opened with the E-Hawks taking the opening kick at their 29 yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage, Brady Berkland went for a little stroll with the ball – a 71-yard stroll, to be exact, as he sliced his way through the Indian defense like a hot knife through butter to score with 11:41 to go in the opening frame. Ben McCain quickly put the conversion kick between the pipes and Emmetsburg had a 7-0 lead before a third of the crowd had found their seats.
The Indians would go three and out, punting to put Emmetsburg at the Indians’ 30 yard line.
Once again, it wouldn’t take long for something to happen, as with 7:57 to play in the quarter, quarterback Cory Schultes called his own number and raced in from 27 yards away on second down to score. The kick was partially blocked, making the score 13-0.
The Indians would find a glimpse of their offense on the resulting possession, as running back Cody Rahn would take the ball and find a seam for a 58-yard touchdown run with 6:33 to go in the quarter. The conversion by Mitch Parr was good to cut the margin to 13-7.
Emmetsburg would start at the 31 yard line, but back-to-back illegal motion penalties would force the E-Hawks to punt for the first time. The Indians would field the punt at their 38, only to fumble the ball. Ben McCain would race down the field and fall on the ball, giving Emmetsburg a fresh set of downs on the Indian 41 yard line.
However, the turnover game would be played as on the first down play, a pass by Schultes was picked off by Logan Jepsen at the 25 and returned to the 32 yard line.
The Indians would try to get something started, only to see quarterback Jake Gonnerman sacked by Jake Stubbs to bring up a punt that would end the first quarter.
With a 13-7 lead in hand and the ball at their own 40 to start the second quarter, Emmetsburg wasted little time in getting to work. A quick first down put the E-Hawks on the Indian 48 yard line, where Marcus Akridge took the orb and rocketed his way to the end zone for the 48 yard score. The E-Hawks went for the two-point conversion, and Schultes ran it in for a 21-7 advantage with 11:29 to go in the half.
The Indians would get their first-first down of the game on the next possession, but a sack by Berkland would force a punt.
The E-Hawks would take over at their 34 after a penalty on the return, but Brady Berkland cracked off his second long odyssey of the night, this time for a 66-yard excursion to score with 10:10 to go in the half. The kick by McCain was good for a 28-7 lead.
The Indians would go three and out on their next possession as the E-Hawk defense kept the Indians’ rushing game in check and held the passing game at arms’ length.
After starting in Indian lands, Emmetsburg struck again off a 30-yard run by Cory Schultes with 7:02 to go in the game and McCain’s kick made the score 35-7 at the half time break.
The Indians would take the kick to open the second half, but punted when their drive stalled. Starting at their own 44 yard line, the E-Hawks got a 36-yard run from Marcus Akridge down to the Indians’ 10-yard line, but after a penalty and a couple of plays, Schultes would keep the ball again and jog in from 11 yards out to score with 6:33 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick made the score 42-7 and started the continuous clock for the rest of the quarter.
The Indians would take over against the second team defense for the E-Hawks, and would earn a first down after facing fourth and one at midfield prior to the end of the period.
The E-Hawk defense would stop the Indians on a fourth and two at the Emmetsburg 37 with 11:44 to go in the game, and reserve offensive unit took over for the E-Hawks. Emmetsburg would get to midfield, only to fumble with the Indians recovering the loose ball.
Using the turnover for some momentum, Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer would engineer a scoring drive capped off by a 21 yard run by Luke Summerlot with 7:17 to go in the game. The conversion kick was wide, making the score 42-13 and ending the continuous clock, but Emmetsburg would engineer a final, time consuming drive of their own, marching down the field off power runs by Jake Stubbs, who would meet a host of Indians at the goal line and literally charged into the pack and came out with the ball in the end zone with :50 to go in the game for the score. Marcus Akridge’s kick was wide for a 48-13 score.
The Indians took over but the game ended for all intensive purposes when Austin Oppenheimer intercepted a pass with :06 to go at the E-Hawk 30 yard line that ended the contest.
Emmetsburg would rack up an impressive 476 yards of rushing off 45 plays in the contest, while limiting the Indians to 162 yards off 43 attempts. For the E-Hawks, Brady Berkland racked up 175 yards off nine carries with two touchdowns, while Marcus Akridge added 106 yards off eight carries and a score. Cory Schultes chipped in 82 yards from a half-dozen carries and scored three times for the E-Hawks.
Jake Stubbs would carry the ball 10 times and gian 66 yards with a touchdown, while Jake Carlson gained 19 yards on two rushes. Ryan Kliegl picked up 16 yards off five attempts and Andrew Wellik rushed five times for 12 yards.
Schultes attempted four passes with no completions and one pick, while the Indians had three of eight for 33 yards with one pick.
Defensively, the E’Hawks got 12 tackles from Bobby Gappa, while Andrew Wellik added 11 stops and Jake Jackson made 10 stops. Ben McCain recoverered a fumble, while Austin Oppenheimer added an interceptions and quarterback sacks were tallied by Berkland and Stubbs.