Emmetsburg coach Mike Dunlap spent his Saturday morning watching youngsters practice and perfect the plays and techniques taught to players in the school’s football program for decades.
Dunlap’s team did something Friday he couldn’t remember anyone ever doing.
The Emmetsburg offense generated 556 yards on the ground during a 43-21 win against Manson-Northwest Webster on Friday night.
“We’re going to hang our hat on that,” Dunlap said.
The running game has been a prominent part of the successful program since the days of former Emmetsburg coach Duane Twait. It was so important that Dunlap decided to keep it a staple of the squad when he took over.
The same plays and practices that Twait used have been adopted by Dunlap.
They’re even being used in the program’s youth football leagues.
“He started everything,” Dunlap said. “We’re running the very same offense.”
It worked to perfection Friday as Andrew Wellik set a school record with 348 yards and four touchdowns.
Wellik said he grew up watching other players in the program employ the moves he’s using today.
Wellik credited his offensive line for the help.
“They do a really good job, especially when they’re on the same page,” Wellik said.