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ELC 35, Emmetsburg 29 Momentum shifts

Midgets rally from eight-point deficit to defeat E’Hawks

September 5, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

For a moment, things looked bleak for Estherville Lincoln Central.

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Even with a 21-14 Midget lead, the momentum had shifted all back to Emmetsburg.

ELC quarterback Evan Olesen had fumbled at the end of a run. The E'Hawks recovered while Olesen left the game with an ankle injury. Emmetsburg took advantage of Olesen's absence at safety on defense. Quarterback Connor Joyce connected with Zach Foxhoven, who got behind ELC's defense where Olesen usually patrols at safety, for a 59-yard touchdown run. The E'Hawk holder then bobbled the snap on the extra point, but had the presence of mind to roll out and connect with Nick Schany on the two-point conversion-E'Hawks 22, ELC 21.

Emmetsburg added a two-yard touchdown run by Schany with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter and the E'Hawks led 29-21.

But then the momentum shifted again.

Olesen's replacement, Alec Heifner connected with Bennett Loock on a 38-yard strike to get inside Emmetsburg's 25-yard line.

ELC running back Briar Rowley took the ball from there as moments later, he busted through for an 18-yard run with 6:04. Still down by two points, ELC elected to go with a quarterback draw on the two-point conversion try. It worked, as Heifner tied the game at 29-all.

ELC got the ball right back and took advantage of the short field, with Rowley doing most of the damage.

The Midgets converted a fourth down inside the 20-yard line. Three players later, Rowley again found the end zone, this time from 2 yards out, as ELC took a 35-29 lead with just under a minute left in the game.

Although the E'Hawks celebrated the blocked extra point attempt, the joy was short-lived.

ELC covered well on the ensuing kickoff with Emmetsburg stopped at their 25-yard line. On next play from scrimmage, the E'Hawks fumbled the snap and ELC landed on the ball. While the E'Hawks still had two timeouts, ELC was able to run out the clock over the next four downs to give first-year coach Mark Atwater his first coaching victory in Estherville.

"We have a lot of leaders on this team and I'm proud of them," said Atwater after the game. "What a great atmosphere-I'm proud to be part of this community."

In the first half, Emmetsburg scored first on a 21-yard run by Schany at the 5:25 mark and the E'Hawks led 7-0 after one quarter.

ELC came back in the second quarter with Olesen connecting with Bennett Loock on a 3-yard pass play at the 9:37 mark. Less than a minute later, ELC came up with a turnover and took immediate advantage as Olesen connected with Seth Loock on a 59-yard strike. Extra points by Isaac Johnson after each score gave ELC a 14-0 lead.

But the E'Hawks weren't done yet as they put together a clock-eating drive before half with Schany scoring on a 1-yard run. The extra point tied the game at 14-14.

In the third quarter, Olesen connected with Bennett Loock around midfield. Loock made a couple of E'Hawk defenders miss and then found the right sideline, going on the way in for the score. Johnson's point-after attempt put ELC up 21-14.

Unofficially for the night, Olesen was 10-of-13 passing for 189 yards and had 25 yards rushing on six carries. Rowley finished with 101 yards on 24 carries.

Receiving, Bennett Loock had 115 yards on six catches, Bosch had three catches for 43 yards, Seth Loock had one catch for 59 yards and Rowley had one catch for 10 yards.

Schany led Emmetsburg with 110 yards on 24 carries and Joyce was 4-of-7 passing for 282 yards.

ELC's defense came up with three fumbles-one each by Seth Loock, Christian Sheridan and Jesse Wolfe. Brian Egeland led the team with nine tackles including one sack. Two of Bosch's six tackles were for a loss. Olesen also had six tackles.

ELC (1-1 overall) will take on Class 2A defending state champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley next Friday in Rock Valley.



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