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Wildcats Take a Bite Out of the E-Hawks

September 25, 2018
By Darren Fraser , Emmetsburg News

by Darren Fraser

What a difference a week

makes; what a difference a

Article Photos

SIT DOWN - Zach Yates clears a path for Nick Schany during Emmetsburg’s road game
against West Lyon last Friday. --Darren Fraser photo

team makes; what a difference

a GPS makes.

Emmetsburg rolled into

West Lyon with a large

monkey on its back. The

last time the E-Hawks beat

the Wildcats was in 2011.

Emmetsburg took both

games from West Lyon en

route to a 12-1 season.

If ever homefield advantage

was a factor in an athletic

contest, then West

Lyon can claim the honors.

Not because of the crowd

enthusiastic as it was or

the halftime show as surreal

as it was but because

of the distance.

Inwood is two hours by

auto; longer by bus. That is

a long time to spend on

bench seats and punishing

shocks. But no one is making

excuses, least of all the


The Wildcats won 42-21.

West Lyon blanked Emmetsburg

in the first and

third quarters. The EHawks

caught fire in the

second quarter, scoring

twice to cut the lead to 14,


Emmetsburg blanked

West Lyon in the fourth and

added a touchdown, but it

wasn't enough.

Gerard Ruiz suffered a serious

injury in the first quarter.

Quarterback Connor

Joyce connected with Ruiz

for a short pass in West

Lyon territory. Ruiz picked

up a few yards before being

tackled from behind. He remained

down with a leg injury.

Ruiz was attended to

on the field and left in an


Emmetsburg has a curious

history with West Lyon.

During its perfect

2009/2010 season, Emmetsburg

beat West Lyon twice.

The next year, Emmetsburg

went 11-1 with its only

cause coming at the hands

of the Wildcats. Next year,

Emmetsburg went 12-1,

racking up two wins over

West Lyon; since then, it's

been all Wildcats.

In Friday's contest, West

Lyon jumped out quick and

jumped out decisively. Friday

was homecoming for

the Wildcats which still

doesn't explain the strange

halftime show --; it was to

be expected the team would

be pumped. Despite giving

up four, unanswered TDs,

the E-Hawks hung tough.

Credit Coach Dunlap and

his staff for keeping the

team focused. Losing Ruiz

and quickly falling behind

tested Emmetsburg mettle.

The team responded. The

team scored two unanswered

TDs and headed into

halftime with the mojo.

West Lyon emerged from

halftime reinvigorated. The

Wildcats took the opening

kickoff and scored on its

first drive in the third quarter.

West Lyon scored again

with under two minutes to

go in the third, to make the

score 42-14. Emmetsburg

added a fourth quarter TD

just before time expired to

make the final score 42-21.

Joyce passed for 66 yards

and one TD. Corbin

Saathoff led the ground assault,

picking up 117 yards

on 17 carried. Saathoff also

had one TD. Zach Foxhoven

led the E-Hawks' receivers

with 34 yards.

Foxhoven contributed a


On defense, Spencer Griffin

had 14 tackles to lead

the team. Ben Dunlap, Nick

Schany and Bret Hoyman

had five solo tackles each.

On the other side of the

ball, West Lyon QB Jalyn

Gramstad threw for 156

yards and three TDs. Gramstad

also led the Wildcats in

rushing. Kaleb Huyser led

the Wildcats' receiving

corps with 79 yards on four




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