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E-Hawks’ District Season Starts Friday With Sibley-Ocheyedan

By Staff | Sep 7, 2017

THE?SNAP - E-Hawk quarterback Connor Joyce gets the snap as center Isaac Embrock (75) and lineman Jeremiah Weir (56) move to block for a play during Friday’s 29-35 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central. -- Dan Voigt photo

For the want of a couple of big plays over two weeks, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks could easily be a 2-0 team as they enter the District campaign this Friday night. Growing pains and luck have entered into the picture, but Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap is positive about his ballclub as the regular season begins with Sibley-Ocheyedan coming to Duane Twait Field this Friday night.

“I?thought we played very well on Friday night,” Dunlap said of the E-Hawks’ effort in a tough 29-35 loss to Estherville Lincoln Central last Friday evening. “We had some great efforts and we made some mistakes that can be corrected. We’re out to improve our quality of play in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams and we are doing that in practice.”

Playing evenly with two larger teams in Spencer and ELC, the E-Hawks haven’t backed down from the challenges in either of the two non-district contests that started the season. But this Friday is different – the attention shifts to the district slate of games.

For Emmetsburg, the first district contest is with the Generals of Sibley-Ocheyedan. Last season, the E-Hawks earned a narrow victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan at Sibley.

“They have good size and speed, but they did graduate a large number of players from last year,” ?Dunlap noted. “They are predominantly a passing team, 65 percent pass and35 percent run from what we’ve seen. Defensively, they’re a 4-4 defense and are a solid team.”

O?LINE - Emmetsburg’s Offensive line comes off the ball in the first half of play last Friday night against the Midgets of Estherville Lincoln Central. -- Dan Voigt photo

With the challenge ahead of them, Dunlap has a good feeling about Friday’s game.

“We’re a good football team, We’re just two plays away from being 2-0 right now,” Dunlap said. “I, along with the entire coaching staff, have a ton of confidence in these kids. They’re working hard in practices and they’re playing hard this season.”