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Sooo Close – Yet So Far Away

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010

INWOOD – For the want of a couple of inches Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks came up a score short in a 21-14 loss to West Lyon’s Wildcats on Monday. A pair of golden missed opportunities inside the red zone on fourth and goal for the E-Hawks would prove to be the difference in the Class 1A Quarterfinal playoff game that ended the E-Hawks’ season with an 11-1 record.

For fans of good old fashioned, hard-hitting football, you couldn’t have asked for a better game, and with temperatures in the upper 40’s the weather was uncharacteristically mild for the second week in November.

Monday’s meeting in the post season was a re-match from October 1 when Emmetsburg visited West Lyon and took home a 17-10 win over the Wildcats on their way to winning the District Two title with a perfect 7-0 mark.

The E-Hawks opened the game Monday with a touchback on the kickoff starting them on their own 20 yard line. Quarterback Cory Schultes started the offense out with a pair of rushing plays that gained eight yards, and on third down, Andrew Wellik got the ball at the 28 yard line.

The sophomore speedster broke outside to the left and angled his way to the end zone, 72-yards away, for a touchdown with 10:39 showing on the clock. Ben McCain added a conversion kick and the E-Hawks had quickly made an opening statement.

West Lyon would take over after the kick at their own 41 yard line, but were held to three downs and a punt by the E-Hawk defense.

Taking over at their 20 after the punt rolled into the end zone, Emmetsburg found the going a little tougher on offense this time, as they would punt on fourth and one at the 29. On the punt, West Lyon’s Cody Ahrendt waved his hand over his head in an apparent “Fair Catch” signal, but then took off running from near the Wildcat’s 35 yard line and managed to make his way to the E-Hawk 22.

The contested play seemed to energize West Lyon as they would work downfield until with 5:26 to go in the quarter, Trevor Snyders managed to slip around the end for a seven yard run into the end zone. But on the extra point kick, Emmetsburg’s Brady Berkland blasted through the line and blocked the conversion kick, making the score 7-6 in favor of the E-Hawks.

Emmetsburg got the ball back on the ensuing kick and ended up punting on fourth and 11, giving the Wildcats the ball deep in their own territory as time wound down.

West Lyon started the second quarter at their own 33 and would be forced to punt, but a shanked kick saw the ball advance just 16 yards, giving Emmetsburg the ball at their own 46 yard line with 10:43 to go in the half, but the advantage was for naught, as the E-Hawks would punt the ball away with 9:00 to go, giving the Wildcats a touchback at their own 20.

West Lyon began working downfield, but with 6:30 to go in the half, Andrew Wellik stepped in front of a Cody Groetewold pass and picked it off at the Wildcats’ 37 yard line. Wellik managed to scamper four yards before being dragged to the turf, but the E-Hawk defense had responded once again.

Emmetsburg would take over at the 33 and got to the Wildcats’ 27 yard line to face a fourth and four. The E-Hawks elected to try to convert but came up about four inches shy of the first down, turning the ball over just outside of the 23 yard line with 5:12 to go in the half.

West Lyon took over and managed to come up with a drive that would slowly grind downfield, aided by a pair of E-Hawk encroachment penalties that kept the ment penalties that kept the drive going. West Lyon would eventually drive down to the Emmetsburg three yard line, where they faced a second and two with 1:00 to go in the half.

On third and two, Groetwold handed off to Arendt who bulled in from three yards out for the score with :55 to go in the half. This time, the Wildcats went for the two-point conversion, as Trevor Synders scored on a dive to give West Lyon a 14-7 advantage at the halftime break.

The E-Hawks kicked off to start the second half and West Lyon quickly grabbed the momentum, scoring on first down off an 85-yard run by Arendt and a kick from Snyders to make the score 21-7 with 11:35 to go in the third quarter.

But Emmetsburg had no intention of folding their tent. Taking the kickoff at their 34, the E-Hawks marched their way downfield, working down to a first and goal at the seven yard line with 6:34 to go in the quarter.

West Lyon’s defense stopped the E-Hawks on three downs and Emmetsburg set up for a 24-yard field goal attempt by McCain, but before the snap, the Wildcats called a time out. E-Hawk Coach Mike Dunlap had a change of heart and sent the offensive unit back out, and on fourth and goal at the seven, Schultes found Jake Carlson cutting through the end zone and laid a seven yard shot in the junior’s arms for a touchdown with 6:27 to go in the quarter. McCain added the kick to cut the deficit to a one possession game at 21-14.

West Lyon took over and faced a fourth and one at their 46, and going for it, fumbled the ball, which Brady Berkland recovered for the E-Hawks. Emmetsburg took the ball and quickly drove downfield, getting to the Wildcats’ seven yard line.

With 2:45 to go in the third frame, Emmetsburg fought its way to the four yard line, and on third and goal at the five, a holding penalty backed the E-Hawks up to the 13 yard line with 1:22 to go. Schultes put the ball in the air, only to have West Lyon pick it off at the one yard line and make an 11 yard return to the 12 to kill the game-tying opportunity.

But, with :58 to go in the quarter, on first down, West Lyon fumbled the ball and Bobby Gappa recovered the orb at the 15 yard line.

The E-Hawks went back to work, trying desperately to punch the ball into the end zone and ended the quarter at the 12, facing a third and seven.

After picking up a couple of yards, the E-Hawks faced fourth and three at the eight, but were stopped just a couple of inches outside the five yard line, giving West Lyon the ball back on downs with 11:07 to play in the game.

The Wildcats started a long, time consuming drive downfield but would fumble the ball a third time at midfield, where Brady Berkland recovered the loose ball with 4:13 to go in the game.

Emmetsburg ran into a veritable brick wall at the 48 and on fourth down, an attempt to pass for a first down to Austin Oppenheimer was juggled and fell incomplete.

The Wildcats took over, but were forced to punt in the face of a determined E-Hawk defensive stand as well, giving Emmetsburg the ball at the 20 after the touchback.

With 1:11 to go, Emmetsburg tried a final drive. Schultes marched the E-Hawks downfield as the clock ticked down, and with :19 to go, Brady Berkland picked up a first down run at the Wildcats’ 39 yard line. Quickly, the E-Hawks lined up offensively, without any timeouts left. Schultes took the snap and looked downfield for a receiver, throwing a Hail Mary ball for the end zone, but West Lyon’s Cody Grotewold picked the ball off at the 12 yard line with :03.2 to go.

West Lyon took a knee to begin their celebration as the E-Hawks quietly hustled to midfield to shake the hands of their opponents and wait for their quarterfinal trophy to end their season.

Emmetsburg was led offensively by Andrew Wellik with 106 yards rushing off 14 hard-fought carries. Brady Berkland added 66 yards off 19 rushes, while Marcus Akridge managed 36 yards on six carries. Adam Williams had a five yard carry and Cory Schultes carried the ball four times with no gain.

Schultes attempted 14 passes on the night and completed four, with one interception and one touchdown for 63 yards. Jake Carlson had three catches for 54 yards and Marcus Akridge made a nine yard reception in the effort.

Jacob Stubbs would punt three times in the game for a total of 108 yards and Ben McCain had three kickoffs for 144 yards. Brady Berkland returned two kicks for 47 yards and Arthur Heldt made a 31 yard kickoff return.

Emmetsburg was whistled seven times for 40 yards while the Wildcats drew three penalties for 15 yards.

Emmetsburg would amass nine first downs while West Lyon earned 12. Emmetsburg had 213 yards rushing off 44 plays and 64 yards passing for a total of 276 yards of offense, while West Lyon had 262 yards rushing off 45 plays and no passing for 262 total yards.

Defensively, Bobby Gappa and Brady Berkland both made 11 tackles in the game including a quarterback sack, while Ben McCain added 10 stops. Austin McCartan made nine tackles in the effort, while Brady Berkland recovered two fumbles and blocked an extra-point kick. Bobby Gappa added a fumble recovery, while Andrew Wellik intercepted a pass in the effort for the E-Hawks.

Sooo Close – Yet So Far Away

By Staff | Nov 11, 2010

INWOOD – For the want of a couple of inches Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks came up a score short in a 21-14 loss to West Lyon’s Wildcats on Monday. A pair of golden missed opportunities inside the red zone on fourth and goal for the E-Hawks would prove to be the difference in the Class 1A Quarterfinal playoff game that ended the E-Hawks’ season with an 11-1 record.

For fans of good old fashioned, hard-hitting football, you couldn’t have asked for a better game, and with temperatures in the upper 40’s the weather was uncharacteristically mild for the second week in November.

Monday’s meeting in the post season was a re-match from October 1 when Emmetsburg visited West Lyon and took home a 17-10 win over the Wildcats on their way to winning the District Two title with a perfect 7-0 mark.

The E-Hawks opened the game Monday with a touchback on the kickoff starting them on their own 20 yard line. Quarterback Cory Schultes started the offense out with a pair of rushing plays that gained eight yards, and on third down, Andrew Wellik got the ball at the 28 yard line.

The sophomore speedster broke outside to the left and angled his way to the end zone, 72-yards away, for a touchdown with 10:39 showing on the clock. Ben McCain added a conversion kick and the E-Hawks had quickly made an opening statement.

West Lyon would take over after the kick at their own 41 yard line, but were held to three downs and a punt by the E-Hawk defense.

Taking over at their 20 after the punt rolled into the end zone, Emmetsburg found the going a little tougher on offense this time, as they would punt on fourth and one at the 29. On the punt, West Lyon’s Cody Ahrendt waved his hand over his head in an apparent “Fair Catch” signal, but then took off running from near the Wildcat’s 35 yard line and managed to make his way to the E-Hawk 22.

The contested play seemed to energize West Lyon as they would work downfield until with 5:26 to go in the quarter, Trevor Snyders managed to slip around the end for a seven yard run into the end zone. But on the extra point kick, Emmetsburg’s Brady Berkland blasted through the line and blocked the conversion kick, making the score 7-6 in favor of the E-Hawks.

Emmetsburg got the ball back on the ensuing kick and ended up punting on fourth and 11, giving the Wildcats the ball deep in their own territory as time wound down.

West Lyon started the second quarter at their own 33 and would be forced to punt, but a shanked kick saw the ball advance just 16 yards, giving Emmetsburg the ball at their own 46 yard line with 10:43 to go in the half, but the advantage was for naught, as the E-Hawks would punt the ball away with 9:00 to go, giving the Wildcats a touchback at their own 20.

West Lyon began working downfield, but with 6:30 to go in the half, Andrew Wellik stepped in front of a Cody Groetewold pass and picked it off at the Wildcats’ 37 yard line. Wellik managed to scamper four yards before being dragged to the turf, but the E-Hawk defense had responded once again.

Emmetsburg would take over at the 33 and got to the Wildcats’ 27 yard line to face a fourth and four. The E-Hawks elected to try to convert but came up about four inches shy of the first down, turning the ball over just outside of the 23 yard line with 5:12 to go in the half.

West Lyon took over and managed to come up with a drive that would slowly grind downfield, aided by a pair of E-Hawk encroachment penalties that kept the ment penalties that kept the drive going. West Lyon would eventually drive down to the Emmetsburg three yard line, where they faced a second and two with 1:00 to go in the half.

On third and two, Groetwold handed off to Arendt who bulled in from three yards out for the score with :55 to go in the half. This time, the Wildcats went for the two-point conversion, as Trevor Synders scored on a dive to give West Lyon a 14-7 advantage at the halftime break.

The E-Hawks kicked off to start the second half and West Lyon quickly grabbed the momentum, scoring on first down off an 85-yard run by Arendt and a kick from Snyders to make the score 21-7 with 11:35 to go in the third quarter.

But Emmetsburg had no intention of folding their tent. Taking the kickoff at their 34, the E-Hawks marched their way downfield, working down to a first and goal at the seven yard line with 6:34 to go in the quarter.

West Lyon’s defense stopped the E-Hawks on three downs and Emmetsburg set up for a 24-yard field goal attempt by McCain, but before the snap, the Wildcats called a time out. E-Hawk Coach Mike Dunlap had a change of heart and sent the offensive unit back out, and on fourth and goal at the seven, Schultes found Jake Carlson cutting through the end zone and laid a seven yard shot in the junior’s arms for a touchdown with 6:27 to go in the quarter. McCain added the kick to cut the deficit to a one possession game at 21-14.

West Lyon took over and faced a fourth and one at their 46, and going for it, fumbled the ball, which Brady Berkland recovered for the E-Hawks. Emmetsburg took the ball and quickly drove downfield, getting to the Wildcats’ seven yard line.

With 2:45 to go in the third frame, Emmetsburg fought its way to the four yard line, and on third and goal at the five, a holding penalty backed the E-Hawks up to the 13 yard line with 1:22 to go. Schultes put the ball in the air, only to have West Lyon pick it off at the one yard line and make an 11 yard return to the 12 to kill the game-tying opportunity.

But, with :58 to go in the quarter, on first down, West Lyon fumbled the ball and Bobby Gappa recovered the orb at the 15 yard line.

The E-Hawks went back to work, trying desperately to punch the ball into the end zone and ended the quarter at the 12, facing a third and seven.

After picking up a couple of yards, the E-Hawks faced fourth and three at the eight, but were stopped just a couple of inches outside the five yard line, giving West Lyon the ball back on downs with 11:07 to play in the game.

The Wildcats started a long, time consuming drive downfield but would fumble the ball a third time at midfield, where Brady Berkland recovered the loose ball with 4:13 to go in the game.

Emmetsburg ran into a veritable brick wall at the 48 and on fourth down, an attempt to pass for a first down to Austin Oppenheimer was juggled and fell incomplete.

The Wildcats took over, but were forced to punt in the face of a determined E-Hawk defensive stand as well, giving Emmetsburg the ball at the 20 after the touchback.

With 1:11 to go, Emmetsburg tried a final drive. Schultes marched the E-Hawks downfield as the clock ticked down, and with :19 to go, Brady Berkland picked up a first down run at the Wildcats’ 39 yard line. Quickly, the E-Hawks lined up offensively, without any timeouts left. Schultes took the snap and looked downfield for a receiver, throwing a Hail Mary ball for the end zone, but West Lyon’s Cody Grotewold picked the ball off at the 12 yard line with :03.2 to go.

West Lyon took a knee to begin their celebration as the E-Hawks quietly hustled to midfield to shake the hands of their opponents and wait for their quarterfinal trophy to end their season.

Emmetsburg was led offensively by Andrew Wellik with 106 yards rushing off 14 hard-fought carries. Brady Berkland added 66 yards off 19 rushes, while Marcus Akridge managed 36 yards on six carries. Adam Williams had a five yard carry and Cory Schultes carried the ball four times with no gain.

Schultes attempted 14 passes on the night and completed four, with one interception and one touchdown for 63 yards. Jake Carlson had three catches for 54 yards and Marcus Akridge made a nine yard reception in the effort.

Jacob Stubbs would punt three times in the game for a total of 108 yards and Ben McCain had three kickoffs for 144 yards. Brady Berkland returned two kicks for 47 yards and Arthur Heldt made a 31 yard kickoff return.

Emmetsburg was whistled seven times for 40 yards while the Wildcats drew three penalties for 15 yards.

Emmetsburg would amass nine first downs while West Lyon earned 12. Emmetsburg had 213 yards rushing off 44 plays and 64 yards passing for a total of 276 yards of offense, while West Lyon had 262 yards rushing off 45 plays and no passing for 262 total yards.

Defensively, Bobby Gappa and Brady Berkland both made 11 tackles in the game including a quarterback sack, while Ben McCain added 10 stops. Austin McCartan made nine tackles in the effort, while Brady Berkland recovered two fumbles and blocked an extra-point kick. Bobby Gappa added a fumble recovery, while Andrew Wellik intercepted a pass in the effort for the E-Hawks.