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E-Hawks Prepare to Face 7-0 Western Christian

October 18, 2019
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

By Joseph Schany

One game at a time.

Last week's physical, tough 2-0 loss to Unity Christian in Orange City was especially hard on the young E-Hawks, who fought hard all game but could not get on the board.

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THE BATTLE FOR POSITION - Emmetsburg’s Lex Kassel returns a fourth quarter Knight punt 24 yards to the 21-yard line to give the E-Hawks their best field position of the night during Friday’s 2-0 loss to Unity Christian. The E-Hawk offense would struggle to move the ball against a quick, physical Knight defense but never quit. -- Joseph schany photo

"We definitely struggled on offense," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap, "but we played extremely well on defense."

The E-Hawks were only able to put up 75 yards in total offense throughout the contest, completing only three first downs.

On the other side of the ball, the defense was able to keep the Knight offense scoreless, with Unity only gaining points through a safety only after the Emmetsburg defense stopped a run at the goal line, keeping six points off the scoreboard but also giving the E-Hawk offense a tough starting point.

The E-Hawk defense would shut down Unity's momentum on multiple drives during the game.

This week presents a new game and an all new set of challenges, however, as Emmetsburg prepares to travel to Hull to face the 7-0 Wolfpack of Western Christian.

Again, one game at a time.

"Western Christian is a very talented team and extremely disciplined on both sides of the ball," said Coach Dunlap.

"We will need to be at our best, control the line of scrimmage and not give up the big play."

The Wolfpack will attack from the air and from the ground. Quarterback Tyson Boer has put up 1,149 yards through the air and shows no signs of slowing down, while running back Kobi Baccam averages around six yards a carry and has rushed for 352 yards so far this season.

Western Christian's defense is an experienced group of young players who fight hard at the line of scrimmage.

For Emmetsburg, the offense has been seeing improvement through the season. Dunlap has passed for 460 yards and rushed for 146 yards. A successful running game from Cole Shirk and Mason Griffin has also helped, as Shirk has put up 529 yards on the ground and Griffin has run for 342 yards.

The defense has been working hard with plenty of success, seeing Bret Hoyman leading the way in tackles with 48 on the season and Dunlap, Griffin, Jordan Anderson and Zach Foxhoven following closely behind.

For Emmetsburg, it is all about moving forward and taking one game at a time. The E-Hawks will need to forget all about last week's unusual night and put all their focus into playing solid, fundmental football.

"We need to continue to improve in all three phases of the game," said Coach Dunlap.

The E-Hawks enter the contest 1-2 in Class 1A district play and 3-4 overall on the season.



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