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E-Hawks Soar in 35-0 Homecoming Shutout
October 8, 2019

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By Joseph Schany

It was a joyous Homecoming celebration for the E-Hawks as an outstanding offensive and defensive effort led to a 35-0 thrashing over the Sibley-Ocheyedan Generals on Friday night. The win brings Emmetsburg to 1-1 in Class 1-A District play and 3-3 on the season.

The E-Hawks would take first possession of the ball and gain early control of the contest.

"We came out of the shoot quickly," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap.

"We played really well in the first quarter on both sides of the ball."

After a Lane Auten 12 yard kick return to start the game, quarterback Ben Dunlap and the E-Hawk offense would march steadily downfield on runs from Mason Griffin and Cole Shirk, scoring at the 8:23 mark with a two yard Griffin dive into the end zone. Cade Jacobson would just miss the extra point kick to keep the score at 6-0.

The General offense would take the field and go a quick three and out, aided by a Jon Lace II attack for a five yard loss and a 3rd down intentional grounding penalty that forced a loss of downs and a 4th & 18 punt.

The E-Hawk offense would take the field and Griffin and Shirk would again take turns carrying the ball for the first set of downs, until Shirk would break loose on the General 35-yard line for the touchdown. Colby Weir would tack on two points with a three yard run to bring the score to 14-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter.

A defensive stand by the E-Hawks, with key stops by Bret Hoyman and Donald Strohman, would hold the Generals to another three and out, forcing a midfield punt.

The E-Hawks would begin deep in their own territory on a drive that would stall at their own 29-yard line, forcing the only Dunlap punt of the contest.

In the final minute of the first quarter and early in the second, the Generals would begin to pick up short gains. However, a pass attempt on 3rd & 7 would be picked off by Zach Foxhoven at the 20-yard line and carried all the way to midfield.

Taking full advantage of the turnover, Emmetsburg would drive the ball to the General 4-yard mark with Shirk, Griffin, and Dunlap runs. Shirk would then sprint past the goal line for the score. A Jacobson kick would give the E-Hawks 21 points with 5:41 left in the half.

The offense of Sibley-Ocheyedan would again be stopped by a strong E-Hawk defensive effort, with two key passes broken by Griffin, forcing a 4th & 10 punt and giving Emmetsburg a good starting point at midfield.

After a couple of short gains led to a 4th & 8 pass to Weir for 31 yards, a holding penalty on the E-Hawks would prove unrecoverable, setting up a Dunlap pass attempt from the General 16-yard line on 4th & 5 that would fall incomplete.

The Generals would take over on downs and use the final minute of the half to march the ball to the E-Hawk 19-yard line until another Zach Foxhoven interception would stop the drive in its tracks.

A 21 yard Dunlap pass to Foxhoven would send the E-Hawks into halftime with the 21-0 lead.

"We struggled a bit in the second quarter," said Coach Dunlap.

"The Generals changed defenses on us but we went in at halftime and made some adjustments. I thought our offensive and defensive lines really came out and controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half."

With the Generals receiving the ball to start the third quarter, the E-Hawk defense would take the field and make a huge stop on 4th & goal from the Emmetsburg 7-yard line when Weir broke up a pass and forced a turnover on downs.

The E-Hawks would then orchestrate a 93 yard scoring drive that would eat up the rest of the third quarter, seeing a 22 yard Shirk first down, a Lace nine yard carry, two Griffin first down runs for nine and 12 yards, key Dunlap rushing gains, and ending with a Griffin 4 yard sprint for the touchdown and a Jacobson extra point with 10:10 remaining in the game.

The proceeding Sibley-Ocheyedan possession would again be cut short by the E-Hawk defense, this time by a midfield Lex Kassel pick and subsequent run to the General 36-yard line.

Once again, Dunlap and the offense would drive the ball to the end zone with Griffin, Shirk, and Weir runs, scoring on a Dunlap keeper for ten yards. Another Jacobson extra point would give the E-hawks 35 points with 5:17 remaining on the clock.

The Generals would maintain possession of the ball for the remainder of the game, held to the Emmetsburg 38-yard line by a stout E-Hawk defense before the clock expired.

The E-hawk offense would amass 361 yards during the contest, with Shirk rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns and Griffin for 91 yards and two touchdowns, while Dunlap threw for 55 yards and scored a rushing touchdown.

Hoyman led the defense in tackles, followed by Strohman, Weir, and Griffin, while Foxhoven picked off two passes and Kassel grabbed one.

The E-Hawks will next travel to Orange City to take on the Unity Christian Knights on Friday, Oct. 11.

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