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Turnovers Haunt E-Hawks in 29-35 Setback

September 6, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

ESTHERVILLE?- Emmetsburg's E-Hawks would strike first on Friday night and answered every thrust made by the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets. But factor in three fumbles, a light rain through half of the contest and a couple of big passes and Emmetsburg came up short in a 35-29 loss to the Midgets Friday night. The loss sends Emmetsburg into the district slate with an 0-2 mark as they prepare to host Sibley-Ocheyedan this Friday night at Duane Twait Field.

The two teams traded possessions to open the game, but Emmetsburg would strike first with 5:26 to play in the first frame as Nick Schany took a handoff and rumbled 21 yards off a dive into the end zone. Connor Joyce would kick the conversion for a 7-0 lead that would hold through the end of the first quarter.

ELC?would have the ball to start the second quarter and used a couple of passes and some hard running to tie the score with 9:57 to go in the half.

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SECOND?EFFORT - E-Hawk Nick Schany bowls over ELC’S Seth Loock to score off a 21-yard run Friday night. Schany would score three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the 35-29 setback to the Midgets in Estherville. -- Dan Voigt photo

As Emmetsburg got the ball back, the ball came out of quarterback Connor Joyce's hands in the light rain that had begun, and ELC?recovered at their 41.

On the first play after the turnover, the Midgets connected on a 59-yard pass to take the lead at 14-0 with 8:43 to go in the half.

Emmetsburg would not be rattled, as they took over after the kick and ground the ball downfield, using the clock until Schany bulled in from a yard out with :38 to go in the half. Joyce would split the uprights with the kick for a 14-14 tie at the intermission.

The two clubs traded possessions to start the third quarter, but ELC?would strike with a 67-yard scoring strike to take a 21-14 lead with 5:42 to go in the third frame.

The E-Hawks would take over and quickly started marching downfield once again but turned the ball over on downs with 3:29 to play in the quarter. But ELC would fumble the ball at the Midgets' 41 yard line with 1:10 to play in the quarter and Corbin Saathoff recovered the pigskin.

On first down after the turnover, Joyce would drop back and fired off a pass that was caught by Zach Foxhoven, who raced to the end zone for the 59-yard touchdown reception.

On the conversion kick, the snap was muffed and Dylan Kibbie stood, dropped back and passed to Nick Schany, who caught the toss and ran in for the two-point conversion and 22-21 lead as the third quarter came to an exciting close.

ELC opened the final frame with the ball and ended up punting, which allowed Emmetsburg to take over and engineer a score with 7:42 to go in the game as Nick Schany ran in from four-yards out. The kick was good, giving Emmetsburg a 29-21 advantage.

But ELC would come back with a big pass and a pair of big runs to score with 6:04 to play. The two-point conversion play would knot the game at 29-29.

Emmetsburg would take over after the kick, but with 5:12 to go, Joyce would fumble on a play and ELC?recovered at the Emmetsburg 41 yard line. Using the turnover to their advantage, ELC?worked the clock and with :56 to go in the game, scored the go-ahead touchdown off a two yard run. The Conversion kick would be blocked for the 35-29 score.

The E-Hawks got the ball on the kick, but a muffed center exchange would give ELC?the ball back with :47 to play and the Midgets would take a knee to take the win.

Emmetsburg would amass a total of 108 passing yards and 178 rushing yards for a total of 286 yards in the contest. Nick Schany rushed 24 times for 107 yards and three touchdowns, while Connor Joyce had eight carries for 29 yards and Corbin Saathoff had 11 rushes for 18 yards. Dylan Kibbie made seven carries for 20 yards and Spencer Griffin added two rushes for two yards.

Connor Joyce completed four of seven passes for 108 yards, with Zach Foxhoven making a 59-yard catch for a touchdown. Nick Schany had a 19 yard reception and Blake VerMulm added an 18 yard catch, while Spencer Griffin had a reception for 12 yards.

Defensively, Emmetsburg got a fumble recover from Corbin Saathoff and seven tackles, while Nick Schany mad 12 stops and Dylan Kibbie added 11 tackles and Spencer Griffin made 10 tackles on the night while Blake VerMulm added nine tackles to the effort.



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