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E-Hawks Earn Season Opening Victory Over Storm Lake

By Staff | Sep 1, 2015

HEADIN’ FOR?THE?BARN?- Emmetsburg’s Grant Deitering breaks a tackle on his way to a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter Friday night. The E-Hawks would claim a 35-14 win over Storm Lake to open their gridiron season. -- Dan Voigt photo

STORM?LAKE – A 35-14 victory opened the 2015 football season for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks with their win over Storm Lake’s Tornadoes Friday night. The E-Hawks would get a workhorse effort from junior Thomas Schultes as he would score three touchdowns on runs of four, two and five yards in the win.

With a steady drizzle falling to start the game, Emmetsburg would begin the game on defense, and forced the Tornadoes to punt after a first down effort stalled at mid-field.

The E-Hawks would start their first possession of the game with a steady march downfield, getting down to the Tornadoes six-yard line for a fourth and three with 3:00 to go in the quarter.

A plunge from Thomas Schultes kept the drive alive for a new set of downs, an on the next play, Schultes dove into the end zone from four yards out for the first score of the game. The conversion kick was blocked, however, leaving Emmetsburg with a 6-0 lead with 2:39 to go in the first quarter.

Storm Lake took over at their 46 after the kickoff, but on first down, a pitch play was intercepted by Gage Jamison in the Tornado backfield at the 43 and was returned down to the 14 yard line.

TOUCHDOWN!?- Thomas Schultes walks into the end zone for a touchdown during Friday’s 35-14 win over Storm Lake. Schultes would score three touchdowns for the E-Hawks in the season-opening win. -- Dan Voigt photo

With a giant gift in hand, it didn’t take long for the E-Hawks to score, as Thomas Schultes walked in from two yards out for the score with :45 to go in the quarter. Emmetsburg went for two on the conversion and Thomas Schultes added the run for the 14-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

Storm Lake would go three and out to start the second quarter, but the E-Hawks would return the favor. The Tornadoes would take over with 3:43 to play in the half and engineered a 34-yard touchdown pass with 2:01 to go in the half. The conversion kick failed, making the score 14-6.

Emmetsburg would get the ball back and ran the clock out to end the first half with the 14-6 lead.

The E-Hawks would get the ball to start the half, with Storm Lake electing to take the wind at their back in the third quarter. The E-Hawks fielded the kick and started a time-consuming drive that would get down to the Tornadoes eight-yard line before a fumble would be recovered by the Tornadoes to kill the drive. Emmetsburg put up a good defensive stand and forced a punt on fourth and 21 that gave Emmetsburg the ball back at their own 32 with 6:29 to go in the third.

But, once again, a turnover would kill a drive as a Clayton Freeman pass was picked off by the Tornadoes at their own 30, but a penalty would kill their return, leaving them to start at their own 31.

Storm Lake would gain a first down, and then broke what appeared to be a 45-yard touchdown with 2:30 to go in the quarter, but an illegal block in the back penalty would erase the score. The Tornadoes would go four downs and turn the ball over at the E-Hawk 29 yard line to close out the third quarter.

The final frame opened with Emmetsburg punting for the first time in the contest. Wes Schultes would haul off and deliver a 75-yard punt that rolled dead at the Tornado five-yard line.

The fired-up E-Hawk defense pushed Storm Lake back to their three and held firm to force a punt that fell short at the Tornadoes 13-yard line with 10:00 to go in the game.

Two plays later, Thomas Schultes popped into the end zone from five yards out to score his third TD?of the night and added the kick for a 21-6 lead and some breathing room.

Storm Lake would go four and out and Emmetsburg took over at the Tornadoes 37. A quick drive downfield was capped off with a 24 yard keeper by Clayton Freeman for a score with 6:30 to go in the game. Thomas Schultes’ kick made the score 28-6 as Storm Lake took over, but a big sack by Gage Jamison would be followed by a second sack by Jamison and Robert Nelson on the next play. Facing a second and 20 at their 25, Storm Lake got a couple of big receptions and would finally capitalize off a 35-yard run for a score with 2:43 to go in the game. The two-point conversion made the score 28-14 but Emmetsburg wasn’t done yet.

Starting at their own 39, it didn’t take long for the E-Hawks to strike, as Grant Deitering broke a tackle for a 45-yard run and score with 1:53 to go in the game. The kick by Schultes was good for the 35-14 score.

Storm Lake would get one more chance, but Brent Wesley picked off a pass on the Storm Lake sideline at the E-Hawk 15 yard line and returned it to the 47 with :10 to go to end the game on the turnover.

Emmetsburg gained 372 yards rushing in the contest opposed to Storm Lake’s 37 rushing yards, but the Tornadoes had 239 passing yards while Emmetsburg had none.

Grant Deitering rushed 17 times for 161 yards and a touchdown, while Thomas Schultes rushed 31 times to pick up 142 yards, scoring three touchdowns, a two-point conversion and kicking three extra points. Clayton Freeman ran the ball four times for 52 yards and a touchdown and Wes Schultes had three carries for 17 yards.

Defensively, Wes Schultes made six tackles, with Carson Clark adding five stops. Thomas Schultes made four stops and Will Schany had three tackles, with Gage Jamison adding three tackles and one and a half quarterback sacks. Robert Nelson had three tackles and a half a quarterback sack as well and Grant Deitering added three stops.

Gage Jamison and Brent Wesley both had interceptions for the E-Hawks and Wes Schultes punted one time, for 75 yards in the contest.