E-Hawks’ Season Ends In Playoff Opener
HINTON – Emmetsburg’s post-season run ended quietly Wednesday night in a 59-20 loss to Hinton’s Blackhawks in the opening round of the 2015 Playoffs. For the E-Hawks, the season ends with an overall mark of 5-5 on the year.
Emmetsburg would go three and out on their opening possession, facing a blustery wind, and the Blackhawks of Hinton took over at their own 37 and quickly came up with a score off a 63-yard pass. The kick would give the Blackhawks a 7-0 lead with 8:27 to play in the opening quarter.
The E-Hawks would take over, but were forced to punt on fourth and long, but the defense would stiffen and hold Hinton, forcing the Blackhawks to punt at their own 34 with 5:55 to go in the quarter. But a wild snap sailed over the punters’ head and was downed at the Blackhawks’ three yard line, giving Emmetsburg a golden opportunity.
On second down, quarterback Clayton Freeman kept the ball and raced around the right side to score from three yards out. Thomas Schultes kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:29 to go in the opening quarter.
Hinton would fire right back on their next possession, as they went to the air again to score off a 35 yard pass with 3:40 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick sailed wide for a 13-7 advantage.
The E-Hawks would get a first down on their next series, but ended up punting with less than a minute to go. Taking the ball at their 39, Hinton would get a 61-yard touchdown run down the sideline with no time remaining in the quarter. The two point conversion would make the score 21-7 to start the second quarter.
To open the quarter, Emmetsburg muffed the kickoff return and Hinton recovered the ball at the E-Hawk 32 yard line. It would take just two plays for the Blackhawks to score off a 19-yard pass with 11:24 to go in the half. The kick failed, making the score 27-7.
Emmetsburg would go three and out on their possession and Hinton took over at their 17 after a booming punt by Wes Schultes.
But the Blackhawks weren’t deterred, as they ripped off an 83-yard run on the next play to score, but the two-point attempt failed for a 33-7 tally with 9:06 to go in the half.
Once again, the E-Hawks would go three and out, punting to Hinton, who got a tremendous return down to the Emmetsburg 15 yard line. The Blackhawks would grind it down and scored off a three-yard run with 6:24 to go in the half, and after the kick, the lead stood at 40-7.
The E-Hawks would start at the 30 after the kickoff went out of bounds, but would be forced to punt again with 4:11 to play in the half. Again, Hinton would get good field position and quickly worked their way downfield to score off a one yard plunge with 2:03 on the clock. The kick would make the score 47-7 and start the continuous clock for the rest of the half that ended with Emmetsburg on the wrong side of the 47-7 score.
Hinton would take the kick to open the second half at their own 33, and ground their way down to score from five yards out with 8:01 to go in the third frame. The conversion kick sailed wide, making the score 53-7.
Emmetsburg would go three and out on their possession and punted, giving Hinton the ball at midfield. Two plays later, a 43-yard run would make the score 59-7 after the kick failed to end the third quarter.
Playing for pride to open the fourth quarter, Emmetsburg faced a fourth an nine at Hinton’s 33 yard line. Clayton Freeman found time and an open receiver in Wes Schultes, who hauled in an 11-yard catch for a first down at the Blackhawks’ 22 yard line. With new life, the E-Hawks clawed their way downfield and Freeman would keep from two yards out to score with 8:52 left in the game. Thomas Schultes added the kick for a 59-14 tally.
Hinton would turn the ball over on downs on their next possession, giving Emmetsburg a start at midfield with 4:14 to play.
Once again, the E-Hawks drove downfield and with 1:45 to go in the season, Brent Wesley would find a seam and raced 19 yards for the final touchdown of the night. The conversion would sail wide for the 53-20 final tally as the E-Hawks walked quietly off the field when the game ended.
The E-Hawks ended the game with 117 rushing yards off 45 plays and 11 passing yards off one of five passes for a total of 128 offensive yards. Hinton had 314 yards rushing off 32 plays and 157 passing yards off eight of 14 passes for a total of 471 offensive yards.
Emmetsburg got 50 yards off 15 carries from Brent Wesley, while Wes Schultes had 15 rushes for 35 yards. Thomas Schultes gained 23 yards on four rushes, while Trey Truog had one carry for 11 yards and Clayton Freeman rushed 10 times and lost two yards. Freeman completed just one of five passes for 11 yards to Wes Schultes in the game.
For the E-Hawk defense, Ethan Thompson and Wes Schultes would both make seven tackles in the effort, while Clayton Freeman and Brent Wesley both made six tackles on the night. Will Schany would add three tackles in the effort along with Mason Carrigan.
Wes Schultes would punt seven times with a long of 52 yards and an average punt of 34 yards per kick.