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E-Hawks Struggle In District Loss To West Lyon

By Staff | Sep 22, 2015

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks gave a good effort but struggled in a 34-7 loss to defending state champions West Lyon in Class 1A District play Friday night. The setback gives the E-Hawks a 1-1 mark in district play and 2-2 overall on the season.

Emmetsburg opened the game with the ball but would have to punt right away. However, West Lyon would suffer a similar fate and punted back to the E-Hawks as the two teams settled in for what appeared to be a ground battle.

With 8:28 to go in the opening quarter, the E-Hawks took over after the punt and would drive down to the West Lyon 20 yard line, but a fumble with 1:50 to go in the quarter killed the drive to give the Wildcats the ball, which the moved to midfield when the quarter ended.

The E-Hawk defense would stiffen to start the second quarter and forced a punt, but the offense would be stalled by the Wildcat defense to force a punt.

West Lyon took over after the E-Hawk punt at their 24 yard line, but with 7:19 to play in the half, a fumble was recovered by the E-Hawks’ Carson Clark at the Wildcat’s 16-yard line, giving the E-Hawks a golden opportunity.

Emmetsburg would grind down to the four yard line, but a false start penalty would back the E-Hawks up to the nine-yard line on third and goal. A run by Thomas Schultes would gain two yards, forcing the E-Hawks to set up for a 22-yard field goal attempt by Thomas Schultes, but the kick faded wide left with 4:07 to go in the half.

West Lyon would get the ball at their 20 and would quickly drive 80 yards for a five yard touchdown with 1:33 to go in the half. The kick would give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead at the intermission.

Emmetsburg would kick off to start the second half, and the Wildcats engineered a 74-yard drive off several passes to cap the possession off with an 11 yard reception for a score. The kick failed, making the score 13-0 with 9:04 to go in the third quarter.

Emmetsburg would go four and out on their resulting possession, but the punt was blocked. Punter Wes Schultes picked the ball up and returned it to the 42 yard line, but a holding penalty backed the E-Hawks up for another try.

On the second try, a motion penalty forced the E-Hawks back five more yards before Schultes’ punt put the Wildcats at their own 29 yard line.

West Lyon took over and engineered a clock-eating drive of 71 yards that was capped off with a nine yard scoring run with 2:38 to go in the quarter. The two-point conversion made the score 21-0 as the E-Hawks struggled to mount an offensive attack.

Another punt would ensue for Emmetsburg before the end of the quarter, which saw West Lyon reach midfield with the 21-0 lead to start the final quarter.

The Wildcats would waste little time in the final frame as they got a 33 yard touchdown run and conversion kick to take a 28-0 lead with 11:26 to go in the contest.

Emmetsburg would go three and out on their next possession and West Lyon would start at midfield once again. A combination of passes and runs would result in a six-yard touchdown with 6:46 to play, but the kick failed for a 34-0 score.

Emmetsburg would be able to field the resulting kickoff, the first of the night, and Tanner Lundgren returned it to the 17 yard line, where quarterback Clayton Freeman began driving the E-Hawks downfield. With the clock winding down, the E-Hawks would finally find the end zone when Thomas Schultes dived into the end zone from a yard out with 1:07 to play. Schultes added the conversion kick for the 34-7 final tally.

The E-Hawks managed 189 rushing yards off 48 attempts and 22 passing yards in the setback. Thomas Schultes carried 19 times for 96 yards, while Grant Deitering added 20 carries for 69 yards. Clayton Freeman ran the ball six times for 11 yards and Wes Schultes ran three times for 13 yards.

Clayton Freeman would compete three of nine passes for 22 yards, with Will Schany making one catch for 12 yards and Wes Schultes catching two passes for 10 yards.

Defensively, the E-Hawks got a fumble recovery from Carson Clark along with seven tackles, while Wes Schultes had 11 tackles and Grant Deitering added 10 stops. Will Schany had six tackles and Brent Wesley added five stops to the effort for the E-Hawks.

West Lyon would gain 217 rushing yards off 34 attempts and had 143 yards passing off 11 of 15 passing for 360 total offensive yards on the night.