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E-Hawks’ Regular Season Finale` Features Matchup With HMS

By Staff | Oct 20, 2011

When the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Hawks set foot on Duane Twait Field this Friday night, there is a lot more than one might think at stake for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks.

“This is the only game we’re playing,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “It’s also Senior Night, and we’re also playing for an undefeated regular season and district championship. I would hope that we’re more than ready to play.”

Past history with the Hawks has been interesting, as contests between Emmetsburg and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn have always been hard-fought, down-to-the-wire contests.

While the E-Hawks have had the measure of the Hawks, HMS remains a dangerous opponent, worthy of considerable respect.

“Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will work out of the Wing-T set, and they’ll run traps, the sweep, bootlegs and quick-side out plays,” Dunlap noted. “The have good size and speed and are a solid football team.”

Defensively, the Hawks will present another challenge.

“They work out of a 5/3 alignment, or a 5/3?Over and a 6/2,”?Dunlap said. “But, our offensive line is going to have to carry out their assignments in order to pick up the multiple stunts that their linebackers run. They like to run the stunts from tackle and we’ve got to be able to pick those up and handle them.”

With that type of assignment facing the offensive line, the defense will also be challenged.

“We have to play assignment defense and be physical up front on both sides of the line,” Dunlap said. “They are a young team, but they have continually gotten better through the season. We know they will be very well-coached and they will also be very well-disciplined. We have to be equally as disciplined and focused in on carrying out our assignments.”