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E-Hawks Readying For Challenge Of ELC’s Midgets

August 31, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

The opening game jitters are out of the way for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks and despite a 19-14 loss to Spencer last Friday evening, there were lots of positives to come out of the contest.

For starters, the E-Hawks drew first blood in the contest, scoring off a nice pass play that caught Spencer completely by surprise. The game also featured some great defensive play by the E-Hawks in the second half, and with the exception of two big plays, Emmetsburg played well enough to earn a victory.

"We gave up two big plays in that game,"?admitted E-Hawk Head Coach Mike Dunlap, "But I?saw a lot of heart in this team and a lot of determination all night long."

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STIFF?ARM - Emmetsburg’s Dylan Kibbie fends off a Spencer defender during action in the E-Hawks’ season opener last Friday night. Emmetsburg travels to Estherville Lincoln Central this Friday night for a non-district matchup against the Midgets. -- Dan Voigt photo

For Emmetsburg, the traditional rushing attack provided plenty of good runs by the backfield corps of Corbin Saathoff, Dylan Kibbie, Nick Schany and Spencer Griffin, while receivers Blake VerMulm and Jacob Myers, along with Schany also provided the second dimension offensive threat of the aerial game.

"We had a lot of guys Friday night who were making their first varsity starts,"?Dunlap said. "We had some miscues and lapses, but I?was happy that our kids never gave up, they battled all night long."

After the traditional opener with Spencer, Dunlap knows Estherville Lincoln Central will present just as much of a challenge as the Tigers.

"They have a lot of speed offensively,"?Dunlap noted. "They use doubles, and tight end trips and they run power and the veer. They have really great speed in the backfield and really good size up front."

Defensively, the Midgets will work from the 4-3 alignment, and again will utilize their speed.

"They're a good team, no doubt, but I am very happy with the progress that we are making,"?Dunlap said.



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