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Season Ends For E-Hawks In Loss To West Lyon

By Staff | Oct 25, 2016

BALL! - A fumble attracts the attention of Emmetsburg’s Jeremiah Weir, right, and Conner Joyce (13) along with West Lyon players. West Lyon would recover the ball, but Emmetsburg would get the ball on downs after the play Friday night. Emmetsburg would fall 42-7 to the Wildcats in the season finale’. -- Dan Voigt photo

INWOOD – The gridiron season for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks came to close Friday night in a 42-7 loss to West Lyon. The season closes with Emmetsburg earning a 2-5 record in Class 1A District One and 2-7 overall mark on the year.

From the outset, Emmetsburg would struggle to mount an offensive attack against the bigger West Lyon squad, as their first possession when three and out. The Wildcats would score with 7:12 to go in the opening quarter off a one-yard touchdown plunge but failed on the two-point conversion for a 6-0 lead.

Emmetsburg would go three and out on their next possession and West Lyon would engineer a drive, capping it off with a two-yard run for a score with 4:39 to go in the quarter. This time the two-point try was good for a 14-0 lead.

Another three and out for the E-Hawks would set the Wildcats up for a 31-yard touchdown pass reception with 1:04 to play and the kick made the score 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Emmetsburg’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter, as a three and out gave West Lyon the ball near midfield. On a third and nine, the Wildcats got a 68-yard scamper from Noah Van’t Hul for a touchdown with 11:04 to go in the half.

FIGHTING?FOR?THE?OUTSIDE - E-Hawk Gage Jamison fights his way to the outside against the West Lyon defense in action Friday at Inwood. Jamison would carry the ball five times to gain 18 yards in the contest. -- Dan Voigt photo

The kick made the score 28-0 as Emmetsburg took over and got a first down as the offense began to find itself. But the drive would be short-lived, as the E-Hawks would turn the ball over on downs at their 41 yard line with 7:47 to go in the half.

West Lyon would take over and a couple plays later, a 41-yard run by Dylan Huyser would put the Wildcats up 35-0 after the kick. with 7:36 to play in the half.

With the clock running continuously, the E-Hawks went three and out and West Lyon would score off a 27-yard reception with 1:17 to go in the half. the kick made the score 42-0 at the intermission as things looked bleak for Emmetsburg.

West Lyon would end up punting to start the second half as their reserves took over the contest. The E-Hawks would get the ball and tried to engineer a drive but would punt back and the two teams traded real estate to finish the third quarter.

In the final frame, the E-Hawk defense came up with a stop as West Lyon faced a fourth and two at their own 47 yard line, but a fumble would give the ball to Emmetsburg at the West Lyon 45 yard line.

Emmetsburg began driving with good field position for the first time in the game and methodically ground their way downfield, capping off the 45 yard drive with a 17-yard dash by Grant Deitering with 7:42 to go in the contest for a score. Brent Wesley’s kick was on the mark to avoid the shutout with a 42-7 score. The two teams would trade possessions once again and Emmetsburg would drive, only to turn the ball over on downs just before the clock ran out to end the season.

Brent Wesley would rush the ball 20 times for 59 yards, while Grant Deitering had 12 carries for 56 yards. Gage Jamison added five rushes for 18 yards and Max Dunlap carried the ball four times for 10 yards as Emmetsburg gained 143 total yards of rushing offense.

Dunlap would complete two of seven passes for 13 yards, with Will Schany making an 11-yard catch and Grant Deitering making a catch for two yards.

The Defense would be led by Conner Joyce with eight tackles, while Nick Schany added seven stops and Will Schany made six tackles. Carson Clark, Max Dunlap and Brent Wesley all had five tackles in the season ending effort.