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E-Hawks Blank Bears in Season Opener

By Staff | Sep 2, 2020

HOLD THE LINE -- Emmetsburg’s Jordan Anderson breaks up a Golden Bear run during Friday’s 35-0 season opening win. Anderson, a senior and E-Hawk Captain, led the stout E-Hawks defense with seven tackles on the night. Emmetsburg held Algona to just 60 yards on the ground and forced two turnovers. -- Joseph Schany photo

by Joseph Schany

The Emmetsburg E-Hawks would begin the 2020 football season with an exclamation point Friday night, dismantling the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears in a 35-0 shutout.

“We played pretty well right out of the shoot offensively, defensively, and on special teams,” said Mike Dunlap, Emmetsburg Football Head Coach. “I thought our offensive and defensive lines were really physical up front.”

The Emmetsburg defense would hold the Bears to just 60 yards on the ground and 31 yards through the air, forcing four punts and two turnovers, while the E-Hawk offense would put up 307 total yards on the night.

“We really controlled the line of scrimmage for the most part,” said Dunlap. “Defensively, we were very good up front.”

TOUCHDOWN! -- Cole Shirk runs a Ben Dunlap handoff 75 yards to the end zone at Duane Twait Field in Emmetsburg on Friday night. Shirk scored two touchdowns for the E-Hawks and picked up 183 rushing yards. -- Joseph Schany photo

Winning the coin toss and taking first possession, Emmetsburg would drive the ball to the three-yard line. On 3rd and goal, quarterback Ben Dunlap would hand off to Colby Weir for an end zone sprint with 7:09 left in the first quarter. The E-Hawks would attempt a two-point conversion but come up short on an incomplete pass.

With the Emmetsburg defense on the field, Bishop Garrigan would try to answer, but a Dunlap interception would cut the drive short and the E-Hawk offense would take over at their own 21-yard line.

On 3rd and 6, Cole Shirk would get the Dunlap handoff and burst through the line for a 75-yard breakaway touchdown run for six points. Shirk would again carry the ball on the subsequent two-point conversion attempt to tack on two more points for the 14-0 score.

The E-Hawks would pick up another touchdown early in the second quarter on a drive that began at the 40-yard line after a Lex Kassel 25-yard punt return. On a 3rd and goal at the one-yard line, Weir would push his way into the end zone for six, followed by a Cade Jacobson PAT.

Read the full article in The Reporter.

INTERCEPTION! - Senior Ben Dunlap grabs an overthrown Golden Bears pass during Friday night’s 35-0 E-Hawk win.