Homecoming Time For E-Hawks
It’s officially Homecoming week for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks and with the excitement of Homecoming activities and events, come distractions that worry football coaches.
When you add in the fact that your Homecoming game opponent is a team you haven’t seen in nearly 10 years, that adds another concern to the normal list of worries.
Such is the case for Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap, even though his E-Hawks produced a 48-13 victory over Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer last Friday night.
“We really had a great team effort at Pocahontas,”?Dunlap said. “A lot of people got to play and contribute and that’s always a positive.”
With that thought in mind, the E-Hawks have been preparing to face the Wolverines of South O’Brien, the offering of the communities of Sutherland, Paullina and Primghar. Emmetsburg last saw South O’Brien on the football field in a first-round playoff game in 1989 and earned a 42-14 victory in the game played at Paullina.
Over the ensuing years, the Wolverines, like the E-Hawks, have undergone some shifts in numbers and changes in classification, and as fate would have it, now meet again as district opponents.
“South O’Brien works out of the 5/2 defense,”?according to Dunlap, “so it’s a defense we’re familiar with.”
Dunlap continued, “Offensively, they like the wing formation, the wing-I, Pro and use twins and trips.”
While the Wolverines were shut out in their game last week with West Lyon, the score is greatly deceiving, according to Dunlap.
“It was 0-0 just before half time but West Lyon intercepted a pass and ran it in to score so they held just a 7-0 lead at halftime,”?Dunlap said. “They played West Lyon very, very tough and we know very well that we will get their very best game Friday night when they come here to play.”
Even though Emmetsburg came up with the lopsided win last week, it wasn’t without a few bumps in the road, in the form of penalties, something the E-Hawk mentor has continued concerns with.
“We certainly need to clean up the penalties and mental errors,”?Dunlap conceded. “We simply need to continue to become more focused on our game and also strive to become a more disciplined football team each and every week.”