E-Hawks Tripped Up By Okoboji Pioneers
Despite some outstanding defensive efforts throughout the contest, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks were caught by surprise on an onside kick that would lead to a late Okoboji touchdown for a 20-14 loss for the E-Hawks Friday night. The setback drops Emmetsburg to 1-2 in district play and 1-5 overall on the season.
The E-Hawks would go three and out to start the game and Okoboji quickly made a statement with a 31-yard touchdown pass with 9:28 remaining in the opening stanza. The conversion kick was blocked by Nick Schany to make the score 6-0.
Emmetsburg would pick up a couple of first downs in the quarter and punted with Okoboji punting back before the end of the quarter as Emmetsburg would trail 6-0 to start the second frame. The E-Hawks would mount a steady drive towards the end zone, converting a crucial fourth and three at the Pioneer’s 25 yard line to keep the drive alive.
With 9:10 to go in the half, Brent Wesley would take a handoff and dove through the defenders to score for the E-Hawks. Wesley added the conversion kick to give Emmetsburg a 7-6 lead.
Okoboji would take over and started to drive downfield, but with 5:17 to go in the half, Wesley picked off a Matt Eckard pass at the E-Hawk 20 and gave Emmetsburg a new spark at their own 22. The E-Hawks would drive to the Okoboji 43 but turned the ball over on downs.
Again, Okoboji started driving downfield but with 2:03 to go, Grant Deitering picked off Eckard at the 45 yard line and returned it to the Pioneers’ 13 yard line for Emmetsburg’s second pick of the game.
The E-Hawks would run three plays to gain a yard as the Pioneer defense stiffened, but on fourth down, quarterback Conner Joyce kept the ball and raced 14 yards for the touchdown with :45 to play in the half.
The kick would be true, giving Emmetsburg a 14-6 lead at the intermission.
Okoboji would mount a drive to start the second half that got to the E-Hawk two-yard line, but Emmetsburg’s defense held the Pioneers out and got the ball back on downs. Emmetsburg would get out the end zone but punted, and Okoboji would take over to drive downfield to end the quarter.
As the final period began, Okoboji worked down to the E-Hawk four-yard line, but once again the defense made the stop and got the ball back on downs.
A punt would ensue, and on the next series, a pass interference call on the E-Hawks gave Okoboji a boost that would set up a 36-yard touchdown pass with 9:02 to play in the game. A two-point conversion tied the game at 14-14.
On the ensuing kickoff, Okoboji used an onside kick that they recovered at Emmetsburg’s 46, and quickly drove downfield again, capping off the drive with a 15-yard touchdown catch with 6:28 to play. The conversion would fail, giving Okoboji a 20-14 lead.
Emmetsburg would start at their own 32 and drove out to their 47, only to turn the ball over on downs.
Okoboji would take over but quarterback Eckard would fumble the ball, which Blake?VerMulm recovered at the 50 yard line with 2:11 to play.
The E-Hawks tried to engineer a drive but couldn’t get anything going as Okoboji would get the ball and ran the clock out for the win.
The E-Hawks got 79 yards off 26 rushed by Brent Wesley, with Grant Deitering adding 74 yards off 19 carries. Conner Joyce added 65 yards off eight attempts, while Gage Jamison had one yard and Max Dunlap would lose 11 yards in a sack.
Dunlap would complete one of three passes for eight yards, with Will Schany making the reception.
The Defense was led by Nick Schany with 14 tackles, while Conner Joyce made 11 tackles and Brent Wesley made 10 stops.
Brent Wesley and Grant Deitering both had interceptions and Blake VerMulm recovered a fumble.