Renewing An Old Acquaintance
It’s been many years since the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals and the Emmetsburg E-Hawks strapped on the pads and did battle on the gridiron. After Sibley-Ocheyedan left the Lakes Conference in the 1990’s, the two towns haven’t crossed paths all that much, but that all changes this Friday night.
Emmetsburg will make the journey northwest to Osceola County to renew their acquaintance with the Generals, who are currently sitting in a tie for second place in District Two with a 3-1 mark and 5-1 overall record. The Generals defeated South O’Brien a week ago by a 42-12 tally, while the E-Hawks earned a hard-fought 17-10 win over West Lyon at Inwood.
“They are a very good football team,”?Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap said simply. “They have great athletes, they have great speed and they have great size.”
The Generals operate out of the Spread Offense, utilizing the shotgun with zone reads, thus presenting Emmetsburg’s secondary with a challenge to cover a passing game, while the offensive line will be charged with not allowing the quarterback time to throw. Those challenges will be enough, but throw in the fact that the Generals can and do run the football as well, and there is plenty of support to the statement that Sibley-Ocheyedan is a very good football team.
Defensively, the Generals line up in a conventional 5/2 defensive alignment, nothing unfamiliar to the E-Hawk offensive unit.
But despite the win last week, there is only one focus for Emmetsburg this week.
“This week is no different than any other week,”?Dunlap said. “This is our most important game this week. Nothing else is important.”
For the E-Hawks, there is one one to remember in preparing for Sibley-Ocheyedan, according to Dunlap. “We have to be very disciplined and play assignment defense on Friday night. There’s nothing else more important for us than to be a focused, disciplined, great effort football team.”