E-Hawks Outmaneuver Generals
SIBLEY – Even though the score might have suggested otherwise, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks had a tough fight on their hands Friday to earn a 61-19 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan. The victory keeps the E-Hawks at the top of Class 1A District Two with a perfect 5-0 mark and 7-0 mark overall on the year.
Meeting up with the Generals for the first time in many years, Emmetsburg had to figure out the spread offense and a way to defend it as their primary objective on Friday.
Getting the ball to start the game, the E-Hawks started at their own 44 and quickly drove downfield with Andrew Wellik running into the end zone from three yards out with 10:13 remaining in the first quarter. Ben McCain point after touchdown kick was on the mark to put the E-Hawks up 7-0 very quickly.
Sibley-Ocheyedan would get the ball at their 20, only to fumble it at their 13. Marcus Akridge would recover the loose ball and set up a quick score, as quarterback Cory Schultes would race in from 13 yards out on the first play after the turnover for a score with 9:16 remaining in the first quarter. The kick was good and it was 14-0 as the Generals were trying to figure out what was happening to them on the field.
After the kick, the Generals began moving the ball downfield off several slant passes and screens, and managed to score off a 15-yard run by Ethan Stouffer with 6:55 to go in the quarter. The PAT?kick by Brett Doreen made the score 14-7 as Emmetsburg took over after an onside kick attempt.
Emmetsburg would go nowhere on its next possession, and after a sack of Schultes, were forced to punt with just under 5:00 to go in the quarter. The defense stood firm, though and forced the Generals into a punt that would give the E-Hawks the ball back to end the first quarter holding a 14-7 advantage.
Starting the second frame at the General’s 28 yard line, Emmetsburg drove down inside the 10-yard line and nearly had the drive killed by a fumble, but recovered the loose ball at the seven yard line.
With 10:35 to go in the half, Wellik would dive into the end zone from seven yards away to give the E-Hawks a little more breathing room. The conversion kick was ruled no good, making the score 20-7 for the E-Hawks.
Sibley-Ocheyedan was get a good return from Ryan Soat back to near midfield, and got a 57-yard touchdown reception from Doeden after a missed tackle. Jake Jackson would intercept the two-point conversion pass, making the score 20-13 with 10:17 to go in the half.
Emmetsburg would go right back to work offensively, as Schultes drove the E-Hawk machine down field until he called his own number and with a couple of great seal blocks from Akridge and Wellik, raced 27 yards to score with 7:31 to go in the half. Akridge would run in the conversion for a 28-13 advantage as Emmetsburg began to flex its offensive muscle.
The Generals would get whistled for a hold on the subsequent return, and started at their own 12 yard line, but worked out to midfield before having to punt with 4:39 to go in the half.
Emmetsburg took over and quickly drove downfield with some hard running by Wellik, Akridge and Schultes before Wellik broke free for a 16-yard run into the end zone with 2:09 to go in the half. Ben McCain added the kick for a 35-13 score as the E-Hawk faithful were feeling much more secure.
Again, the Generals got a good return on the kickoff, but a turnover would kill the drive as Arthur Heldt made the read and stole a pass at the E-Hawk 29-yard lien with 1:51 to go in the half.
Schultes wheeled the E-Hawks down field without wasting any time and with :36 to go in the half, Wellik would bump and roll his way nine yards into the end zone for the final score of the half. McCain kick would close out the first half with a 42-13 lead for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would kick off to the Generals to open the second half and Sibley-Ocheyedan managed to earn a couple of fist downs and string together a sustained drive. But, with 8:30 remaining in the third frame, Brady Berkland, making his first start after a week off for an injury, picked off a pass from quarterback Troy Schmidt and returned it 67 yards to the four yard line for a big defensive play for the E-Hawks.
It took a couple of tries, but Emmetsburg cashed in the opportunity as Marcus Akridge bulled his way into the end zone from two yards out for the score with 7:34 to go in the third. A McCain kick made the score 49-13 and brought the continuous clock into play through the 35-point rule at that point.
The Generals would go nowhere on their resulting possession and would be forced to punt with 4:45 to go in the quarter. Emmetsburg took over at their own 34-yard line and the second team offense took the field, with Jake Jackson calling the signals.
The reserves would moved the ball downfield as the quarter wound down and ended up at the Generals’ 15 yard line when the quarter came to a close.
The “twos” kept grinding away for the E-Hawks, and with 10:24 to go in the game, Arthur Heldt would score on a three-yard touchdown to make the score 55-13. The conversion kick went wide, leaving the score unchanged as the clock continued to run.
The Generals would take over and got a big run off a missed tackle down to Emmetsburg’s 13 yard line, which would turn into a 12-yard touchdown by Steven Brockshus with 8:16 to go in the game. The two-point conversion try failed, making the score 55-19.
Emmetsburg would take the resulting kick at their own 34 yard line and once again began driving downfield. The drive would cap off with Cody Henderson bulling his way into the end zone from 35 yards away with 5:45 to go in the contest. The kick would float wide, but the score was now 61-19 and the game ended with the Generals getting near midfield.
The E-Hawks would come up with a 456 yard rushing effort in the victory, using 55 rushing plays to rack up the yardage. Sibley-Ocheyedan gained 155 yards on 27 rushes in the contest.
Emmetsburg had just three yards of passing, with one completion by Schultes to Nick Wuebker in the contest. Sibley-Ocheyedan got 186 yards of passing off 10 completions with two interceptions.
Cory Schultes would rack up 132 yards of rushing off 10 carries, while Andrew Wellik gained 116 yards off 17 rushes. Marcus Akridge added 71 yards on 12 carries, while Austin McCartan picked up 37 yards from five rushes. Cody Henderson gained 35 yards off one carry of the football and Jake Jackson added 30 yards off two rushes.
Arthur Heldt gained 24 yards from six rushing plays while Brady Berkland had six yards on one carry and Jake Stubbs added five yards on one carry.
The E-Hawk defense did its’ fair share, as Brady Berkland had a quarterback sack and an interception to go along with five tackles. Arthur Heldt had an interception to go along with eight tackles, while Marcus Akridge recovered a fumble. Austin McCartan made nine tackles along with Ben McCain, and Adam Williams came away with seven tackles.