E-Hawks Claim District Opening Win At West Fork
SHEFFIELD – The opening of district football play was a success for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks on Friday as they claimed a 33-15 win over West Fork’s Warhawks. The win gives Emmetsburg a 2-1 mark overall and 1-0 in Class 1A District play.
Emmetsburg would strike first on Friday, engineering a 66-yard drive from the opening kickoff reception to cap off the effort with a four yard touchdown run by quarterback Clayton Freeman. Thomas Schultes put the kick through the uprights for a quick 7-0 lead with 6:18 to play in the first quarter.
West Fork would come up with an answer as they put together a 73 yard drive of their own to score off a six-yard run with 3:05 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick tied the game at 7-7 as Emmetsburg took over again.
Starting at their own 16 yard line, the E-Hawks marched downfield until Freeman spotted Wes Schutles alone at the West Fork 20 yard line and dropped a pass into his arms for a 48-yard touchdown reception. The kick gave Emmetsburg the lead back at 14-7 with :39 to play in the first quarter.
Emmetsburg’s defense forced a punt early in the second quarter and once again, the E-Hawks marched steadily downfield until Thomas Schultes took a handoff and marched five yards into the endzone for a touchdown with 6:24 to go in the half. Schultes added the conversion kick for a 21-7 lead.
West Fork would be forced to punt again before the half, and Emmetsburg got the ball back at their own 29 and marched down to the Warhawks’ two yard line, but a goal-line stand stopped the E-Hawks and gave the ball back to West Fork to end the half.
The Warhawks would get the ball to open the second half and started a drive, only to have Thomas Schultes intercept a pass at the E-Hawks’ 48 yard line and return it down to the three-yard line. On the next play, Schultes bulled in from three yards for the score, but the kick sailed wide for a 27-7 lead with 9:59 to go in the third frame.
A punt by West Fork would follow and as Emmetsburg started a drive, a Clayton Freeman pass was intercepted at the Warhawks’ 36 yard line. However, West Fork couldn’t capitalize on the turnover and Emmetsburg got the ball at the Warhawks’ 41 yard line. Emmetsburg would get to the 20 yard line but again turned the ball over on downs as West Fork ended the quarter at their own 44 yard line.
However, the Warhawks would turn the ball over on downs with 9:11to go in the game and Emmetsburg would start at their own 21. A handoff to Grant Deitering would result in a 79-yard touchdown, only to have the run called back on a penalty against the E-Hawks with 9:00 to play.
Shaking off the penalty, the E-Hawks started moving downfield once again and with 5:09 to play, Gage Jamison would run 15 yards for a touchdown. The conversion kick was blocked to make the score 33-7.
West Fork would make one final bid for a score and came up with a 62-yard pass completion for a touchdown with 2:39 to go in the contest. The two-point conversion would cut the deficit to 33-15, but it was too little too late as the E-Hawk reserves would come in to finish out the contest and preserve the 33-15 victory on the road.
Emmetsburg would pick up 372 yards rushing and got 51 passing yards for 423 total offensive yards in the contest, while West Fork had 126 rushing yards and 127 passing yards for 253 yards of offense.
Grant Deitering would rush the ball 22 times for 145 yards, while Clayton Freeman had 15 carries for 91 yards. Thomas Schultes rushed 12 times and gained 57 yards, while AJ Krieg added seven carries for 41 yards and Gage Jamison rushed the ball six times to gain 34 yards. Wes Schultes added a four yard gain off one carry.
Clayton Freeman competed four of nine passes with one pick for 54 yards. Wes Schultes had two catches for 51 yards, while Thomas Schultes had one catch for three yards to round out the winning effort for the E-Hawks.