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Western Christian The Next Challenge For Emmetsburg

By Staff | Sep 14, 2017

LOOKING FOR ROOM TO RUN - Emmetsburg’s Corbin Saathoff looks for room to run during Friday’s 70-37 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan. Saathoff rushed for 67 yards off 12 carries in the victory. -- Dan Voigt photo

With a win under their belts in the district opening game last Friday night, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks have little time to savor the 70-37 victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan. This Friday night, the E-Hawks face a huge challenge as they will make the journey west on Highway 18 to Hull, into the den of the Western Christian Wolfpack.

“They are big,” Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap stated without hesitation about the E-Hawks’ opponents.

One of the difficulties in preparing a team for playing against Western Christian is what the Wolfpack do on the field.

“Defensively, they come out in a 3-5-3 defense, which turns into a 6-2,” Dunlap noted. “They put a lot of people where the ball is.”

While the different defensive alignment is not commonly seen, the offense also presents some challenges as well.

“Offensively, they are an inside-outside zone offense and will also use the spread formation,”?Dunlap said. “They have numbers and they have good athletes all around.”

In Emmetsburg’s victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Friday, Dunlap liked several things that transpired on the turf of Duane Twait Field.

“I though we played well in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams,” Dunlap stated. “I?felt that we played really hard through the entire game, from start to finish. The reserves came in and gave us some good minutes too.”

With the positives, there is still room for improvement and growth, according to the E-Hawk mentor.

“We need to continue to eliminate mistakes, play assignment football and continue to give our best effort.”