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North Union hosts ninth-ranked Emmetsburg in district opener

September 6, 2012
Estherville Daily News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

ARMSTRONG - Although both North Union and Emmetsburg enter tonight's game with a 1-1 record, the E'Hawks probably get the edge in who comes out the winner.

Despite a 34-14 loss to Class 2A top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley last week, Emmetsburg is still ranked ninth in Class 1A.

North Union co-coaches Tom Elliot and Troy Adams know what to expect from the E'Hawks, but that doesn't mean stopping them will be easy.

"They do what Emmetsburg teams do-they run it right at you," said Elliott. "They don't change the ingredient of success."

North Union is coming off a off a 35-6 loss to Bishop Garrigan.

Elliott said the Warriors did not tackle well.

"We lost some of the fundamentals and that's what we've been working on this week," he said. "We also lost some all-around aggressiveness. We need more of that offensively and defensively, especially with the district we're in."

However, Elliott said his team never quit.

"They're resilient," he said "Even when things weren't going our way, they never quit. They got down 21 and 28 points; they were still playing hard."

Looking at film from Emmetsburg's games against Spencer and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, Elliott said the E'Hawks don't do a lot different offensively.

In two games, the E'Hawks have rushed for 551 yards-402 have come from senior back Andrew Wellik.

Emmetsburg has only attempted 12 passes with six completions including two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley had success against Emmetsburg by going to the air.

"They had five wide and spread it out," said Elliott. "They had a very successful passing game."

Elliott said North Union isn't afraid to throw if they have to, but still prefer to run the ball.

Ball security is a key issue for the Warriors this week.

"We had four turnovers against ELC and I think four against Bishop Garrigan," Elliott said. "It's tough to put points on the board and recover from that."

As far as the Warriors making the transition from eight-player back to 11-man this season, that should no longer be an excuse.

"I've told the guys 'we're not rookies any more,'" Elliott said. "We just need to go out and play."



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