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E-Hawks Soar In 34-8 Homecoming Victory

October 3, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

It was a happy Homcoming for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks as they claimed a 34-8 win over the Knights of Unity Christian Friday night. The win improves the E-Hawks to 3-3 on the year and 3-1 in Class 1A District One play. Next up for the E-Hawks is a meeting with the Warriors of Alta-Aurelia this Friday night in Alta.

The E-Hawks took the opening kick and drove downfield to score with 9:18 to go inthe first quarter off a one yard plunge by Dylan Kibbie. Connor Joyce's kick put the E-Hawks up 7-0 and they would never look back the rest of the evening.

Getting the ball back late in the opening quarter, Emmetsburg would start another drive that would cap off with 8:54 to play in the half off a two-yard keeper by Connor Joyce, who added the conversion kick for a 14-0 lead.

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CENTER?OF?ATTENTION?- E-Hawk Corbin Saathoff drew the attention of the Unity Christian defense when he touched the ball Friday night. The junior would rush for for 182 yards and a touchdown as the E-Hawks earned a 34-8 win over the Knights on Homecoming 2017. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg would get the ball back after a Unity Christian punt, but would end up punting the ball away and Unity Christian would engineer a drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:25 to go in the half. The Knights converted the two-point attempt to cut Emmetsburg's lead to 14-8, but the E-Hawks weren't quite finished.

Taking the kick, Emmetsburg drove downfield and with :17 to go in the half, Joyce spotted Blake VerMulm with a 10-yard pass for a touchdown. The kick would give the E-Hawks a 21-8 lead at the intermission.

Emmetsburg would kick off to start the second half, but the defense came up big with 10:26 to go in the third when Corbin Saathoff picked off a tipped pass near midfield to give Emmetsburg great field position.

The E-Hawks took the gift and proceeded to march downfield, capping off the drive with a three yard touchdown run by Dylan Kibbie with 7:41 to play in the third quarter. The kick made the score 28-8 as the E-Hawks appeared to be firing on all cylinders.

Unity Christian would take over after the resulting kick, but once again, the E-Hawk defense struck, as Dylan Kibbie would pick off a pass with 5:45 on the clock, getting a 19-yard return to the 39 yard line.

Emmetsburg would face a fourth and one at their own 48 with 4:10 to go after the pick, but a solid run by Saathoff got the first down to keep the drive alive and with :23 to go in the third frame, Saathoff would run to the end zone from five yards out for the score. The extra point kick would be blocked, however, ending the third quarter with Emmetsburg holding a commanding 34-8 lead.

The E-Hawk defense continued to come up big in the final quarter, with Jon Lace and Evan Brennan sacking quarterback Brandon Visser and forcing a punt less than a minute into the final quarter.

The E-Hawks would start moving the ball once again, and with just under 7:00 to play, the reserve offensive unit took over and drove downfield, but a fumble with 4:47 to go at the Knights' 18-yard line gave Unity a final chance, but the E-Hawk defense would make a key stop and got the ball back to preserve the victory.

Emmetsburg got 472 offensive yards in the win, with 62 passing yards and 410 rushing yards.

Corbin Saathof led the rushing with 24 carries for 182 yards, while Connor Joyce added 14 carries for 124 yards. Dylan Kibbie had 18 carries for 51 yards, while Ethan Berven made five carries for 25 yards. Alex Gramowski added four rushes for 23 yards and Spencer Griffin carried the ball once for five yards.

Connor Joyce completed three of six passes for 62 yards, with Blake VerMulm making the three catches, one for a touchdown.

Unity Chrisitan had 171 yards of offense, 108 yards passing and 63 rushing yards.

The E-Hawk defense was led by Dylan Kibbie with 13 tackes and an interception, while Spencer Griffin added 10 tackes. Jon Lace II?had a solo quarterback sack and an assisted sack with seven tackles while Brett Hoyman added six tackles. Evan Brennan had an assisted sack. Mason Griffin had an assisted sack and Calvin Hart had a solo sack to his credit.



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