ARMSTRONG - The district slate opened for Emmetsburg's E-Hawks Friday night with a resounding 59-6 thumping of the North Union Warriors. A five-touchdown performance from senior Andrew Wellik would pace the E-Hawks, who scored early and often, never looking back in the triumph.
Emmetsburg wasted little time in establishing themselves in the game, taking the opening kickoff and driving 62-yards for a score, as Andrew Wellik would race in from 19 yards out with 11:04 to go in the first frame for the first score. Nick Merwald's kick was down the pipe for a quick 7-0 advantage.
North Union would take over after a short kick, but a pattern of three-and-outs would begin as the E-Hawk defense shut the Warriors down.
Emmetsburg would get the ball back after the first North Union punt and headed for the end zone once again. But, with 5:37 to go in the quarter, a Jake Jackson pass intended for Nick Schany was picked off in the end zone by the Warriors to kill the scoring drive.
But once again, three downs were followed up by a punt that the E-Hawks took near mid-field. It wouldn't take long until Andrew Wellik broke loose from the Warriors' 30-yard line and outraced the secondary into the end zone with :54 to go in the quarter. Merwald's kick gave the E-Hawks a 14-0 advantage to end the first quarter.
The second quarter opened much like the first, as the Warriors would punt and Emmetsburg would score quickly as Wellik made another 30-yard run and Merwald's kick made the lead 21-0 with 9:41 to go in the half.
The Warriors would end up in another punting situation and the E-Hawks capitalized again, this time using Brady Christensen's seven yard effort into the line and plunge into the end zone for the score with 5:45 to go in the half. The kick made the score 28-0 as the E-Hawks showed no sign of slowing down.
Another Warrior punt would ensue and the E-Hawks took over again at their own 17-yard line with 3:56 to go in the half. But on first down, the snap was fumbled and North Union was able to recover the loose ball at the Emmetsburg 17.
The Warriors used the turnover to good advantage and quickly engineered a drive that was capped off by quarterback Jacob Braddock sneaking in for the one-yard score with 2:33 to go in the half. The conversion kick fell short, making the score 28-6.
After the kickoff, Emmetsburg started at their own 30 yard line, but on first down, Andrew Wellik found a seam, bounced it outside and streaked down the E-Hawk sidelines with defenders in pursuit to roll 70 yards for his fourth touchdown of the night. The conversion play was muffed, but an illegal participation penalty on the Warriors gave the E-Hawks as second chance, and Merwald nailed the second try to made the score 35-6 with 2:14 to go in the half.
The Warriors would end up punting again on the resulting possession and Emmetsburg started at their on 44 with :28 to go in the half.
On first down, quarterback Jake Jackson let fly with a 35 yard strike that Nick Schany took away from a defender for a first down at the Warriors' 20.
With just :07 to go in the half, Jackson handed off to Wellik, who blasted into the end zone from 20 yards out for his fifth score of the game. The conversion gave Emmetsburg a commanding 42-6 lead to end the first half.
With a continuous clock in the second half, the Warriors got the ball first, but went no where on their possession. With 9:48 to go in the third, North Union set up to punt, but Wellik blasted through the line and blocked the punt, which was recovered at the North Union 13 by the E-Hawks.
With a short field, the E-Hawks were turned away on three straight downs by a determined Warrior defense.
Coach Mike Dunlap sent Nick Merwald out for the field goal attempt. Jake Jackson put the ball on the block at the 28 and Merwald put his leg into the kick. The ball sailed high and straight for the 38-yard field goal to put Emmetsburg up 45-6 with 6:34 to go in the quarter.
North Union would take over and would eventually face a fourth and seven at the Emmetsburg 27 yard line. The Warriors would go for the first down but failed, turning the ball over on downs to the E-Hawks to end the third quarter.
The E-Hawks' reserves were in the game from late in the third quarter and with 8:41 to go in the game, Allen Jensen got the ball and ran 10 yards for a score. Taylor Wegner make the conversion kick for a 52-6 advantage before North Union would get the ball and turned it over on downs a second time.
With the ball at mid-field, Brandon Elbert handed off to Allen Jensen at the Warrior's 49 yard line and Jensen took off, covering the distance easily for the final touchdown of the game. Wegner's kick made the score 59-6 with 5:04 to go.
North Union would make one more try, but turned the ball over a third time on downs and the E-Hawks would run the clock out to record the 59-6 win.
The E-Hawks racked up 503 yards on the ground off 44 attempts, and had 35 yards of passing off one of five attempts with one interception.
Andrew Wellik gained 264 yards off 17 carries and scored five touchdowns, along with a blocked punt.
Jake Jackson added six rushes for 104 yards, while Allen Jensen made eight rushes for 87 yards and two scores.
Mitch Petersen had four carries for 24 yards, while Brandon Elbert rushed once for 11 yards. Austin McCartan had three carries for 10 yards and Brady Christensen also had three rushes for 10 yards with one touchdown.
Nick Schany had the lone reception for the E-Hawks with his 35 yard catch.
Defensively, Andrew Wellik and Tyler Henson both made nine tackles while Austin McCartan and Aaron Bird both added eight stops to the effort. Trevor Ring and Tyler Henson both shared a quarterback sack in the contest.
North Union was limited to just 98 yards rushing off 37 attempts and 23 yards passing off four of 11 passes in the loss.
The E-Hawks return home to Duane Twait Field this Friday night to host the Okoboji Pioneers in Class 1A District One action.