With just three games remaining in the regular season, Emmetsburg's E-Hawks still have a major challenge ahead of them - taking just one game at a time. The next step comes this Friday night with a visit to Emmetsburg by the Hawks of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn.
Like years past, this Friday night's meeting will feature a pair of football teams that have a lot of similarities. Both squads play hard-nosed, old fashioned football - nothing flashy, just good old, grind it out football.
"They have great size and great speed," noted Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "They are always a good team and play very hard."
LOSS?OF?YARDAGE - E-Hawk defenders Joel Hoyman (62) Tyler Henson (34) and Luke Jackson (24) combine to drop Western Christian’s Drew VanSloten for a loss in Friday’s 14-7 win over the Wolfpack. Emmetsburg’s defense rose to the occasion to preserve the victory in the final seconds on Friday night, and will face a similar challenge this Friday when Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn comes to Duane Twait Field. -- Dan Voigt photo
In past meetings between the E-Hawks and Hawks, the two teams have been very evenly matched. This Friday's game should be no different.
"They use the I formation on the offense,"?Dunlap noted. "They play power football, just like we do."
While the Hawks have a different quarterback at the helm of the offense this season, they have amassed a 3-3 record so far on the season, despite a loss to South O'Brien last Friday night in a storm-shortened contest.
When Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn takes to the gridiron on defense, they will operate from a 6-2 alignment.
"They use the 6-2 defense and use their great size and speed going for them," Coach Dunlap pointed out.
Coming off last Friday's thrilling 14-7 win over Western Christian, the E-Hawks brought a lot of positives from the victory.
"I thought we played very well defensively, last Friday night," Dunlap said. "In that game, I thought the offensive line started coming along and the defensive line is coming along as well."
With the improvement on both sides of the football, Dunlap knows there are still other aspects of the game that the E-Hawks still need to address.
"Right now, we need to become more consistent in all phases of the game,"?the E-Hawk mentor said..
"We have to take care of the little things Friday night. We have to have a great effort, great focus and great discipline on every play. We need to continue to eliminate the mental mistakes and to be a very focused football team and play with great focus."
Game time for Friday's contest will be 7 p.m. at Duane Twait Field.