E-Hawk Express Rolls Over Warriors
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks rewarded their parents and their fans with a 51-14 victory over Alta-Aurelia Friday night for the final home contest of the regular season. The victory keeps the E-Hawks on track for a possible district championship with their 6-0 league and 8-0 overall mark heading into the final week of the regular season.
The E-Hawk defense would hold the Warriors on the opening possession of the game to a three-and-out, giving Emmetsburg the ball at the Warriors’ 28 yard line.
E-Hawk Quarterback Cory Schultes grabbed the throttle of the E-Hawk machine and started it towards the end zone. The machine would get on the scoreboard with 9:08 to play in the quarter with a one-yard plunge by Andrew Wellik. Ben McCain added a conversion kick for a 7-0 lead and the game was in full force.
After another Warrior punt, Emmetsburg took over at their own 21 yard line. It didn’t take long for the express to get on track, as a first down put the ball at the 40-yard line. Schultes would get a pair of sweet blocks from Andrew Wellik and Marcus Akridge as she took off for a 60-yard jaunt into the end zone with 5:59 to go in the first frame. The kick by McCain was down the middle for a 14-0 lead.
The E-Hawk defense held firm against the Warriors and forced a three and out, with the punt rolling out of bounds at the E-Hawk 30 yard line on the next possession.
On the first play after the punt, Schultes put his head down and took off, this time out-running the Alta-Aurelia defense for a 70 yard trip to the promised land with 2:48 to go in the quarter. Ben McCain put the exclamation point on the blast with a kick for a 21-0 lead as the E-Hawk faithful were rolling.
Alta-Aurelia would take over at their own 16 after the kickoff but simply couldn’t move the ball against the E-Hawk defense. Facing a fourth and 13 at their own 14 after an illegal motion penalty, the Warriors attempted to punt.
Marcus Akridge came blasting in on the blitz and blocked the punt, sending it rolling into the end zone where he, along with teammates Ben McCain and Warrior punter Ryan Friedrich scrambled to grab the ball, which rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety with 1:08 to go in the opening quarter.
With a 23-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, the E-Hawks opened the second quarter with another touchdown, this time as Schultes called his own number for a 10-yard run with 10:23 to go in the half. Ben McCain added the kick for a 30-0 advantage.
The Warriors couldn’t get anything going on their next possession, and on a fourth and two at their 42, Alta-Aurelia was stopped by the E-Hawks short of the sticks.
With good field position in their pocket, the E-Hawks struck quickly.
Schultes put the ball in the air and hit Jake Jackson with a 42 yard strike for a score with 8:01 to go in the half. The conversion kick was on the mark for a 37-0 lead.
Alta-Aurelia would take over, but would lose ground on the possession and be forced to punt facing a fourth and 23 at their own 16 yard line. The punt would roll out of bounds at the Emmetsburg 48 yard line and once again, a short field awaited the black and gold.
With the number two offensive unit on the turf, Jake Jackson took over the helm of the machine and made his presence felt even more. The E-Hawks worked downfield and with 3:08 remaining in the half, Jackson kept the ball and raced 13 yards around the end for the score. The extra point kick drifted wide, making the score 43-0 at the halftime break.
With the clock running continuously in the second half under the 35-point rule, the game flew by quickly. Emmetsburg took the kickoff to open the second half at their own 37 yard line, and worked out to midfield, where, facing a fourth and sixth, the E-Hawk reserves would punt. Alta-Aurelia would take over at their own 17-yard line and working against the number two defensive unit, were able to string together a drive that would be capped off with 1:52 to go in the quarter by a six-yard run by Manuel Murillo. The conversion kick by Junior Molina was good, erasing the Warrior’s goose-egg for a 43-7 tally that would end the third quarter.
Emmetsburg started the final quarter at their own 46 yard line after the Warrior kick, and the number twos continued to work the turf hard. Jake Jackson would keep the ball on the first play of the quarter and race 54 yards for the touchdown.
On the conversion play, Jackson set up to hold for Marcus Akridge, but on the snap, the ball slipped out of his grasp. Jackson snatched the ball up and began rolling to the right, where he spotted Nick Wuebker and Austin McCartan at the goal line and put up a desperation throw.
The ball sailed into McCartan’s hands, and despite a Warrior defender climbing up his back, McCartan juggled the ball and fell into the end zone with the ball to score the unexpected two-point conversion for the 51-7 lead.
The Warriors would get the ball back on the resulting kick off by Tayler Wegner and engineered a final scoring drive that would cover 60 yards and be capped off by a one yard plunge by Steven Handwork with 4:03 to go in the contest. The kick by Molina made the score 51-14 as Emmetsburg’s sophomore offensive unit took over and ran the clock out for the victory.
Emmetsburg would get 140 yards rushing from Cory Schultes off three carries. Jake Jackson gained 67 yards off four carries, while Arthur Heldt added 65 yards on nine rushes. Marcus Akridge added 45 yards on a half-dozen rushes and Andrew Wellik added 41 yards from seven carries.
Austin McCartan would rush four times for 16 yards, while Mitch Petersen gained 14 yards on two carries Brady Berkland had nine yards on two carries, while Nick Schany added six yards on two carries as Emmetsburg racked up 414 yards to 131 yards rushing for the Warriors.
Schultes completed one of two passes for 42 yards, a reception by Jake Jackson.
Defensively, Marcus Akridge had a quarterback sack and blocked punt along with five tackles. Austin McCartan made eight tackles, while Skyler Rice, Jake Jackson, Tyler Clasing and Brady Bailey all added seven stops.
The E-Hawks will close out the regular season at Hartley on Friday night against HMS.