E-Hawk Eighth Grade Football Recap
Grade Football team wrapped up its season with a record of 1-4 in games under Coach Tim Swanson.
For the season, the Eighth Graders would fall in their opener to Estherville Lincoln Central by a 14-0 score, but rebounded to post a 44-0 shellacking over Spirit Lake. The young E-Hawks would fall 48-8 at the hands of Okoboji and lost to Pocahontas Area by a 36-8 tally before closing out the season with a 44-3 loss to Spencer.
Statistical leaders Offensively for the E-Hawk Eighth Graders included John Joyce, who completed one of six passes for 38 yards.
Tim Geelan made one reception for 38 yards.
In rushing, Jon Lace III had 22 rushes for 88 yards, while Cheyanne Fries rushed the ball 13 times to gain 65 yards.
John Joyce added six rushes for 22 yards and Levi Aldous had three carries for three yards, along with a 70-yard kick off return for a touchdown.
Defensively for the E-Hawks, Mason Griffin made 10 tackles. Jon Lace III and Levi Aldous both had nine tackles each, while Bret Hoyman added eight tackles and Colten Moser came away with seven tackles.
John Joyce made six tackles, while Zach Foxhoven made four tackles. Cheyanne Fries also made four tackles and also made an interception for a 20-yard return.
Tim Geelan and Caleb Moen both made three tackles each, while Gerard Ruiz and Braeden Bennett both had two tackles each.
Max Miller and Jared Lowry both made one tackle each, while Gavin Jorgenson also had one tackle and a fumble recovery.
In reviewing the 2015 season, Coach Swanson was proud of the effort given in every game by his players.
“This season had its ups and downs, but the players played hard every game. This group of 20 kids stuck together and encouraged each other at games and practices,” Coach Swanson noted. “Some kids really emerged as leaders as the season went along which was nice to see.”
According to Swanson, a big part of the game of football is playing physical. “With each game they played, they became more and more physical. It was awesome to see that!”
The young E-Hawks had lots of question marks as the season opened, according to Swanson.
“We were still figuring out where players should be playing going into our first game against Estherville,” Swanson recalled. “We played really solid defense, but made too many mistakes on offense and were unable to score against the Midgets. It definitely was a game we should have came out on top, but we ended up losing 0-14.”
But after that opening setback, the E-Hawks found themselves, much to Swanson’s delight.
“We put together an incredible game when Spirit Lake came to Emmetsburg. We dominated the game on both sides of the ball. It was so much fun to watch the players play the game with excitement and energy. You could tell they enjoyed getting a victory.”
With a 1-1 record, the young E-Hawks would come up against very tough opponents in their final three games in Okoboji, Pocahontas Area and Spencer.
“Our next three opponents were all very tough when this group played them the previous year,/ so we knew the rest of the season wasn’t going to be easy,” Swanson noted. “Okoboji, Pocahontass, and Spencer had some pretty talented players on their teams.”
Despite losses in the final three games, Swanson was nonetheless pleased with the progress and growth of the team over the season.
“This group competed very well in every game. The scores don’t indicate how competitive we were in all three of those games,” Swanson noted. “It was so much fun seeing these Eighth Graders take the other team’s best shots and even give their own shots back to make their opponents know they were playing the E-Hawks.”
“It meant something to be an E-Hawk, and they showed that pride down to the last second of every one of those games. We ended up to be 1-4, but this group showed so much improvement in regards to the physical part of the game of football,” Swanson said.