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E-Hawks Battle Hard In Season Opener

By Staff | Aug 29, 2017

PUNISHING?RUN - Emmetsburg’s Nick Schany drags three Spencer defenders with him on a run in the fourth quarter of Friday’s season opener. Schany would score a touchdown and rushed for 24 tough yards in the 19-14 E-Hawk loss. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks played with fire and passion in their season opener Friday against Spencer, but ran out of time in a 19-14 setback to the Tigers.

With Honorary Captain Kort Freeman in attendance at the game, the E-Hawks came out in the first quarter and after a fumble recovery by Nick Schany at the 43-yard line, Emmetsburg struck soon after.

Quarterback Connor Joyce found Jacob Myers at the seven-yard line all alone and delivered a 42-yard scoring strike for a touchdown with 6:39 to go in the first quarter. Joyce would kick the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

But Spencer would responde with a 61-yard run to make the score 7-6 after the kick was blocked to end the first quarter.

The Tigers would strike again with 11:02 to go in the half off a one yard plunge, but again, the extra point was stopped for a 7-12 score.

Spencer would capitalize off a turnover with 8:26 to play in the half, as Connor Joyce attempted to pass and was picked off in the flat, with Spencer’s Michael Storey returning the ball 31-yards for a pick six. The conversion kick was good, giving the Tigers a 19-7 lead that would carry to the intermission.

The second half would open with the two teams trading possessions until Emmetsburg got the ball at their 34 and started driving downfield. Powerful runs by Corbin Saathoff and Nick Schany would grind the E-Hawks downfield until Nick Schany bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out to score with 6:44 to play in the third quarter. Joyce added the kick to cut the deficit to 14-19 as the third quarter would come to a conclusion.

Emmetsburg had the ball as the final quarter started and was driving, only to have a pass picked off once again, killing the drive. The E-Hawk defense would get the ball back on a punt and the offense began driving again.

But with time winding down, the E-Hawks would turn the ball over on downs at the Tigers’ 12-yard line. Spencer would end up punting with 2:01 to play and the E-Hawks tried to mount a final drive, only to turn over the ball on downs.

The Tigers would run the clock out to escape with the narrow win.

Emmetsburg would rack up 203 total offensive yards to Spencer’s 273 yards. The E-Hawks had 118 yards rushing off 48 attempts and four of 12 passes with two interceptions for 85 yards.

Corbin Saathoff had 12 carries for 79 yards, while Connor Joyce had 11 ruses for no gain. Dylan Kibbie carried the ball seven times for 20 yards and Nick Schany had six carries for 24 yards.

Jacob Myers had one catch for 42 yards and Blake VerMulm had two catches for 29 yards and Nick Schany had a 14 yard catch.

Defensively, Nick Schany had 16 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Spencer Griffin had 15 tackles and Corbin Saathoff added 11.