E-Hawks Crowned District Champs
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks wrapped up another District Championship Friday night with a 49-0 defeat of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Class 1A District Two play. With a perfect 7-0 mark in the District and 9-0 mark on the season, the E-Hawks now move into post-season play.
In Friday’s regular season finale’, the E-Hawks got out to a big start, as Marcus Akridge would rip off a 60-yard run for a touchdown on the E-Hawks’ third play from scrimmage. Zach Overberg’s kick made it 7-0 and the game was afoot with 10:34 to go in the opening frame.
After a punt by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, the E-Hawks took over and on the third play of the possession, it was Akridge showing the HMS?defense the soles of his feet as he raced 64-yards for his second score of the game with 6:07 to go in the first quarter.
The visiting Hawks would punt again and Emmetsburg took over at midfield. After getting a first down, the E-Hawks came up with a bit of trickery, as quarterback Ryan Kliegl took the snap and handed off to Brady Berkland, who ran to his right, stopped, and launched a perfect halfback pass of 29 yards to Jake Carlson, who raced into the end zone for the third score of the game with 3:10 to go in the quarter. Zach Overberg’s kick made the score 21-0 to end the first stanza.
The HMS?Hawks could find no luck as they started the second quarter with a fumble that was recovered by Austin McCartan. The E-Hawks began grinding their way downfield and with 8:28 to go in the half, Akridge burst into the end zone on a four-yard run for his third score of the night. The kick made the lead 28-0 as the Hawk defense appeared completely unable to stop the E-Hawks.
Another punt would signal the end of an HMS possession and the E-Hawks took over again. With good field position, Brady Berkland made a 25-yard run to give Emmetsburg a first down at the Hawks’ 36, but a personal foul on the Hawks moved the E-Hawks to the 21-yard line. On second down, Kliegl put one in the air to Berkland, who hauled in the 17 yard reception for a touchdown with 6:29 to go in the half. The kick made the score 35-0.
HMS got the ball near mid-field after a penalty, but turned the orb over on downs at the E-Hawk 48. A short gain of four yards by Akridge put the ball in HMS territory, and on second down, Berkland took off for a 48-yard scoring run with 3:30 to go in the half. Zach Overberg drilled the kick for a 42-0 lead at the intermission.
With the clock running non-stop in the second half, the Hawks ran into disaster after the opening kick of the half. On second down, HMS?Quarterback Troy Simons fumbled the ball and Emmetsburg’s Nick Schany scooped it up at the HMS?31 and returned it for a touchdown with 11:33 to go in the quarter. Overberg’s kick made the score 49-0, which would stand to the end of the game.
Emmetsburg’s reserves and sophomores would play out the remainder of the game, keeping the Hawks out of the end zone to preserve the shutout victory.
Emmetsburg would rack up 336 yards on the ground off 36 attempts, while the Hawks of HMS managed 52 yards off 30 attempts.
In the air, the E-Hawks made three of four passes for 50 yards, while HMS completed just three of 15 tries for 36 yards.
All told, the E-Hawks racked up a total of 386 yards offense opposed to 88 yards by HMS.
Marcus Akridge scored three touchdowns as he rushed for 152 yards off nine carries. Brady Berkland added 130 yards off nine rushes with one TD. Mitch Petersen carried seven times for 30 yards, while Cody Henderson gained 17 yards off six carries. Ryan Kliegl ran once to gain eight yards and Nick Schany had four carries for eight yards.
Ryan Kliegl made two of three passes for 21 yards, with Berkland adding a 29 yard completion. Jake Carlson had a 29 yard catch for a score, with Berkland adding a 17 yard catch for a TD and Nick Schany had a four-yard reception.
Defensively, Austin McCartan would make six tackles and recovered a fumble, while Trevor Ring and Clayton Henderson both made six tackles as well. Tyler Henson and Tony Henson both would add five tackles to the effort and Nick Schany recovered a fumble.