E-Hawks Celebrate Homecoming With Victory
Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks closed out Homecoming 2015 Friday night with a 27-6 win over Eagle Grove to improve to 3-1 in District play and 4-3 overall on the season.
The first quarter would play out quickly on Friday as the E-hawks took the opening kick and would drive 68 yards, however, a fumble that would be recovered by Luke Dahm would provide a couple of anxious moments in the drive. But with 5:37 to play in the quarter, after facing a fourth and seven at the Eagle Grove seven-yard line, Thomas Schultes put the E-Hawks on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal kick for a 3-0 lead.
Eagle Grove would go three and out on their possession and Emmetsburg would end the quarter with the ball at the Eagles’ 36-yard line.
The E-Hawks would start working their way downfield until Grant Deitering found a seam and broke through the defense to score off a 34-yard dash with 10:52 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick would fail, making the score 9-0.
Eagle Grove would would go three and out and the E-Hawks would take over, but after a sack of quarterback Clayton Freeman, the E-Hawks would punt the ball away.
Eagle Grouve would end up in the same situation and punted the ball back, and Emmetsburg started at their own 45 yard line.
On second and five, Grant Deitering broke loose again and raced 55 yards for a touchdown with 2:52 to play in the half. Clayton Freeman kept the ball for the two-point conversion and the 17-0 lead that would end the first half.
The E-Hawks kicked off to start the second half, giving Eagle Grove the ball at their 12 yard line, but just two plays into the half, Ethan Thompson went up to contest a pass and stole the ball away from the receiver for an interception at the Eagles’ 30 yard line with 10:36 to go in the quarter.
Emmetsburg would put the turover to good use, as Gage Jamison would score off an eight-yard touchdown with 8:00 to play in the quarter. The kick by Scultes made the score 24-0.
Eagle Grove would take over and managed to march downfield, aided by a pair of penalties, working their way to the E-Hawk 10 yard line, but the E-Hawk defense made the stop to get the ball back on downs to end the quarter.
With the ball at the 50 to start the fourth quarter, Ememtsburg would end up punting, but Eagle Grove would go nowhere on the possession. Brent Wesley would add in a seven yard loss on a quarterback sack and on the following play, a pass attempt by the Eagles was picked off on their sideline by Ethan Thompson at the Eagles’ 20 and retured to the 10-yard line wit h7:26 to go in the game.
The E-Hawks would try to grind down to the goal line for the score, but Eagle Grove put up a determined defense, forcing Emmetsburg to call on Thomas Schultes for a field goal, this time from 34 yards away. The kick was right on the mark, giving the E-Hawks the 27-0 lead with 2:19 to go.
But in the final minutes, Eagle Grove mounted a drive of 77 yards to scored off a five yard reception to avoid the shutout. The kick failed, making the final score 27-6.
Emmetsburg would rack up 347 rushing yards off 55 attempts, while Eagle Grove had just nine yards off 24 rushung attempts, Clayton Freeman completed four of nine passes for 37 yards, with Grant Deitering had two catches for 20 yards. Thomas Schultes had a 12 yard catch, while Brent Wesley made a five yard gact.
Eagle Grove completed 12 of 21 passes for 174 yards to total 183 yards off offense to Emmetsburg’s 384 yards.
Grant Deitering had 193 yards off 17 attempts, while Thomas Schultes carried the ball 27 times for 134 yards. Gage Jamison had two carries for 11 yards, while Brent Wesley gained eight yards off three attempts and Clayton Freeman had four yards off four carries.
Defensively, the E-Hawks got eight tackles from Thomas Schultes and six tackles each from Mason Carrigan and Carson Clark in the win. Brent Wesley, Max Dunlap and Gage Jamison all had five tackles each, while Ethan Thompson intercepted two passes and Gage Jamison added a quarterback sack.