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The Big Game – E-Hawks To Host Spencer Friday Night

By Staff | Sep 3, 2015

TACKLE?FOR?LOSS - Emmetsburg’s Max Dunlap, left, and Ethan Thompson bring down a Storm Lake ball carrier for a loss during action in last Friday’s 35-14 win over the Tornadoes. -- Dan Voigt photo

With one week of the 2015 football season in the books, Coach Mike Dunlap and the Emmetsburg E-Hawks have a 1-0 mark to show for their efforts, but there is precious little time to savor the victory over Storm Lake.

Week number two is at hand for the E-Hawks, and the task this week is to prepare for the one game that the entire squad relishes each season.


This Friday’s game will be a renewal of one of the storied rivalries in Iowa high school football – Emmetsburg vs Spencer, with this Friday’s renewal being played at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg.

After last Friday’s 35-14 victory over Storm Lake, Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap was satisfied with the win, but knew there were areas that could be improved upon.

With Spencer coming to town this Friday, Dunlap has a very simple description of the E-Hawks’ opponent.

“They are big and physical,” Dunlap said of the Tigers, who defeated Humboldt in their season opener last Friday night in Spencer.

“They are a very talented team all the way around,”?Dunlap continued. “They have great size on both the offensive and defensive lines, then also have great speed in their backfield, and they are very well coached.”

According to the E-Hawk Mentor, Spencer’s offense continues to utilize the triple option offense, with the veer and midline alignments, which makes defending such a team that much more of a challenge for opponents.

“The work out of a 6-2 defense, so our biggest task on Friday will be to play our assignments on both sides of the football,”?Dunlap noted.

A year ago, Spencer’s defense blitzed extensively, and with nine players within three yards of the football, the E-Hawks’ running game was tested severely.

In last year’s meeting, miscues hampered the E-Hawks, something that Dunlap and the E-Hawks have been working hard to eliminate during practice this week.

“For us to be successful, we will need to play highly disciplined, assignment football,”?Dunlap said. “We need to have continuous improvement on both our offensive and defensive lines and clean up our penalties,”

Again, assignment defense will be a key in the E-Hawk gameplan, according to Dunlap, but the entire contest will hinge on playing assignment football on both sides of the ball.

“We have to run with authority on the offense and be physical on both sides of the ball at all times and be the most disciplined football team,” Dunlap said.

Game time for Friday’s renewal of the E-Hawk-Tiger rivalry will be 7 p.m. at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg.

A tailgate dinner will be sponsored by the Emmetsburg Band Boosters on Friday evening, featuring a Ribeye Steak Sandwich barbeque. The Palo Alto County Cattlemen will be grilling with serving in the high school commons area beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing through 7 p.m.