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E-Hawks Open District Play At West Fork

By Staff | Sep 10, 2015

HONORARY?CAPTAIN - Former E-Hawk Mark Hobart, second from left, accompanied the E-Hawk tri-captains, Wes Schultes, Robert Nelson and Spencer Bird, along with Referee Marlo VanGinkel to the center of the field for the coin flip prior to the start of the first home game of the season last Friday night. Hobart was a member of the 2002 and 2003 State Championship teams and went on to play football at Buena Vista University. Dan Voigt photo

After a tough loss to Spencer in the second week of the season, the Emmetsburg E-Hawks now look to begin district football play this Friday night. To open the district slate, the E-Hawks make the trip easterly to Sheffield for a matchup against the Warhawks of West Fork.

For Emmetsburg, the task at hand is to put the first two weeks of the season behind them and concentrate on what lies ahead – the district slate of contests.

First in line is Friday’s opponent, a winless West Fork team, that, despite being 0-2, are an opponent not to be taken lightly.

“West Fork has good size on their team and they also have good speed as well,”?noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. “On offense, they work from the Wing-T, and they use the spinner back out of the shotgun, so we will have to be very aware of where the ball is at all times.”

The Warhawks will present a 5-2 look defense to the E-Hawks as well when the two teams meet up Friday night.

For the E-Hawks, the continued improvement and growth of the team is paramount.

“We have got to continue to improve on the offense and defense at playing assignment football,” noted Coach Dunlap. “And, we need to clean up on errors and mistakes. The mistakes we made are correctible and I have a ton of confidence in each and every player and I?know they will improve.”

Dunlap paused. “The biggest thing to remember is that the District is a whole new season and that’s how we need to approach this.”

Former E-Hawk standout Mark Hobart was honored last weekend as the Honorary Captain for the E-Hawks’ home opener .

Mark was part of two E-hawk Football teams that won State Championships in 2002 and 2003, winning 25 consecutive games. He was a starting Varsity Lineman 3 years of his high school career. Voted All State Offensive Line all 3 years. The 2003 team in which Mark was one of the elected Tri-Captains, went 13-0!

Mark was a Varsity Wrestler from 2001-2004, where the E-Hawks were Traditional Team State Champions in 2001, 2002, 2003, and runner-up in 2004.

Mark continued his playing career at Buena Vista University where he was a 3 Year Starter on the offensive line, playing both Tackle and Guard. Mark was also voted the Team Captain for 2 years. Mark graduated with a Business Management Degree from Buena Vista University and is now actively involved in the family farming operation and is Employed at Ag Property Solutions in Emmetsburg, a division of Kerber Companies, also of Emmetsburg.