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The Season Begins: Emmetsburg At Storm Lake

By Staff | Aug 27, 2015

FUMBLE! - Robert Nelson got a sack on quarterback Clayton Freeman that caused a fumble in Friday’s pre-season scrimmage.The E-Hawks will officially open their 2015 football season this Friday night when they travel to Storm Lake. -- Dan Voigt photo

The weeks of pre-season conditioning are over – the time to strap on the pads and helmets is here. The 2015 football season begins Friday night when the Emmetsburg E-Hawks make a trip to Storm Lake to meet the Tornadoes.

Last year was the first time the E-Hawks and Tornadoes had met on the gridiron in many years. Emmetsburg would win last year’s resumption of acquaintance by a 42-0 tally, but things could be much more interesting this Friday night when the E-Hawks pull into Storm Lake.

“Storm Lake is a good football team, all they way around,” noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “They have great size on the offensive line, on the defensive line and they have great speed all the way around. They are very well-coached and are just a good football team.”

According to Dunlap, the E-Hawks will have a solid defensive challenge ahead of them.

“Storm Lake works out of the double wing, like a spread offense, and they use the flex sweep,” Dunlap said of the Tornadoes offense. “Defensively, they will work out of a 4-3 alignment, and they have speed and size to make it work.”

LOOKING?FOR?A?HOLE - AJ?Krieg looks for room to run during Friday’’s E-Hawk scrimmage. -- Dan Voigt photo

After last Friday’s pre-season scrimmage, the E-Hawk mentor knows where the team will have to be at its sharpest come Friday night.

“Our defense will have to play assignment football on every play,” Dunlap said. “We will have to control their speed with the football and play our assignments.”

While Dunlap felt the E-Hawks played hard, physical football in their scrimmage last Friday, there are areas that will grow as the season goes on.

Overall, the E-Hawks will need to continue their development on the offensive and defensive lines, according to Dunlap. “Every game, we will need to go out, play our assignments on both sides of the ball, and continue to develop as a team.”

E-Hawk fans are advised to park in the main parking lot of the High School, on the west side of the building, at Storm Lake due to construction at the school.