E-Hawks Eliminate Cougars In Playoff Action
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks rolled up 290 rushing yards on their way to a 42-13 second-round playoff win over Manson Northwest Webster Monday night. The victory moves the E-Hawks into a much-anticipated quarter-final showdown with West Lyon Monday night, Nov. 7, at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg.
The E-Hawks won the toss and elected to receive to open Monday’s game. A steady ground attack would follow as the black and gold machine ground its way downfield until Marcus Akridge raced into the end zone from 11 yards out with 7:44 to go in the first frame. Zach Overberg put the kick up for a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster took over at their own 40 after a muffed kickoff and began passing to try and get past the E-Hawks. A holding penalty would halt the drive and force a punt that the E-Hawks would field and return to their own 43.
Emmetsburg would drive downfield again, getting to the 10-yard stripe, but a pair of penalties would back the E-Hawks to the 20 before Ryan Kliegl and Brady Berkland rushed to get the ball to the one-yard stripe, where Berkland dived into the end zone for the score. Overberg’s kick made the score 14-0 with :52 to go in the quarter.
The Cougars would open the second quarter facing second and seven at midfield and got into Emmetsburg territory at the 36 before being stopped and turning the ball over on downs with 10:45 to go in the half.
The E-Hawks quickly tried a pass with Kliegl firing downfield to Jake Carlson but the ball slipped through the senior’s hands. Going back to the run, the E-Hawks marched into MNW’s territory.
Emmetsburg would keep pounding away until Kliegl put the ball in the air and hit Justin Studer with a 25 yard throw for a score with 6:44 to play in the half. Overberg’s kick made the score 21-0 as the Cougars would get a touchback when Tayler Wegner’s kickoff sailed into the end zone.
The Cougars would struggle on the series, suffering a seven-yard sack by Austin McCartan that would force a punt with 5:13 to go in the half. Emmetsburg would start at the Cougars’ 37.
Andrew Wellik and Marcus Akridge shared the running duties on the possession and with 3:46 to go in the half, Wellik scored off a 10-yard run. The conversion snap was muffed and a scramble by Overberg was stopped short, making the score 27-0.
Manson-Northwest Webster would get another touchback at their 20 off the long kickoff, but on second down, Tayler Wegner blew through the line and dropped quarterback Tucker Herzberg for a six yard loss that would force another punt.
Emmetsburg fielded the punt at its own 47 and Brady Berkland returned it 36 yards to the Cougars’ 27 yard stripe for great field position. But, a pair of penalties would back Emmetsburg up before the Cougars were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, that brought the E-Hawks to the MNW 30.
A pass from Kliegl to Studer brought the E-Hawks to the 10 before Berkland ran to the one, but a penalty brought the run back. Berkland would make two carries and eventually burst into the end zone from a yard out to score with :29 to go. Marcus Akridge would run in the conversion for a 35-0 advantage to close out the first half as the Cougars ran the clock out to end the quarter.
Manson Northwest Webster would get the ball to open the second half with the clock running continuously for the 35-point rule. The Cougars would start the half at their own 16 after a penalty and started passing the ball, only to have a pass picked off by Justin Studer on third down at the 38-yard line with 9:24 to go in the quarter.
The E-Hawks took over with the short field and quickly marched downfield, despite a holding penalty, before Andrew Wellik would make a pair of runs that would end up with a seven-yard touchdown effort. Zach Overberg added the exclamation point for a 42-0 lead with 5:44 to play in the third quarter.
The Cougars would take over after the kick at their own 29 and started to drive against the E-Hawks, working their way to Emmetsburg’s 26-yard line before being stopped on fourth and six with :40 to go in the quarter.
Coach Mike Dunlap sent in the second team offense at that point as the quarter ended. With Emmetsburg facing second and six at their own 30, the E-Hawk reserves would stall out and require a punt from Wegner that left the Cougars at the E-Hawk 47.
Manson Northwest Webster would start a time-consuming drive that would eventually end up with a one-yard touchdown by Brennan Thompson with 3:55 to go in the game. Chris Stuhrenberg’s kick sailed wide right for a 42-6 tally.
Starting at their own 37, the E-Hawks were unable to pick up yardage on their first two plays, but Aaron Bird picked up 10 yards and Cody Henderson added three yards, only to come up short on fourth and nine, turning the ball over on downs at the E-Hawk 41.
The Cougars took over and got a 31-yard run from Stuhrenberg before Cameron Taylor slipped in from 10 yards out to score with :06 to play. The conversion kick was good, making the score 42-13 as Emmetsburg would simply let the clock run out for the win.
The E-Hawks rushed 53 times for 290 yards while MNW ran 23 times for 95 yards on the ground. Kliegl completed three of five passes for 56 yards, while Tucker Herzberg made 13 of 20 passes with one pick for 103 yards in the air.
Ryan Kliegl would gain 89 yards on nine carries while Brady Berkland added 84 yards on 17 rushes. Andrew Wellik rushed nine times for 65 yards, with Marcus Akridge adding 45 yards from nine rushes. Austin ?McCartan ran nine times for 15 yards, while Aaron Bird had two runs for 10 yards and Cody Henderson gained seven yards on three rushes.
Justin Studer had two catches for 45 yards and Brady Berkland had an 11 yard grab.
Defensively, Justin Studer had eight tackles and an interception, while Jake Jackson and Brady Berkland both had six tackles. Tayler Wegner and Austin McCartan both had sacks.