E-Hawks Open District Play with Big 41-0 Win
by Joseph Schany
Not even the constant rain could dampen the momentum of the Emmetsburg E-Hawks Friday night, as they rolled over Hinton in a 41-0 Senior Night shutout at Duane Twait Field.
The E-Hawks would get off to a quick start, scoring on an opening drive that began at midfield after Tyler Stokes recovered a Hinton onside kick. Beginning at the 46-yard line, Cole Shirk, Colby Weir, and Grant Kibbie would each take handoffs from quarterback Ben Dunlap to drive the ball inside the red zone. On 1st & 10 from the 16-yard line, Shirk would find room and sprint to the end zone for the touchdown to put Emmetsburg on the board with 9:03 left in the first quarter. An extra point kick by Cade Jacobson would give the E-Hawks the 7-0 lead.
A quick three and out by the Blackhawk offense would be followed by another Emmetsburg touchdown drive. After a Hinton punt would pin the E-Hawks on their own 5-yard line, Shirk and Weir would again take turns picking up first downs on the gourd, while Matt Wirtz would catch a Dunlap pass to gain 21 yards, carrying the ball at midfield. Dunlap would pick up a quick first down on a keeper and then Shirk would burst through the line for a 35-yard touchdown run at the 4:32 mark. Jacobson’s extra point would make the score 14-0.
For the remainder of the first quarter and throughout the second, the E-Hawks would trade possessions with the Blackhawks, with both teams struggling to move the ball. The E-Hawk offense would pick up a few first downs with runs by Shirk and Weir, but come up just shy on key fourth down attempts to force a turnover on downs.
In the final seconds of the second quarter, the E-Hawk offense would attempt a 38-yard field goal. Jacobson’s kick would fall short, hitting the uprights, and Emmetsburg would enter the break up 14-0.
Hinton would take first possession of the ball to start the third quarter but their drive would be cut short by a Lex Kassel interception at midfield. Kassel would carry the ball to the 14-yard line to set up an Emmetsburg touchdown three plays later with a Kibbie five yard dash with 7:43 on the clock. Jacobson would split the uprights to bring the E-Hawks to 21.
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