GRAETTINGER - Homecoming 2011 was bittersweet for the Graettinger/Terril Knights as they dedicated their football field to former coach Rod Hough, but came up short in a 26-12 decision to Harris-Lake Park in their football game.
Turnovers and struggles with penalties would play a big role in the Knights' loss at Rod Hough Field in Graettinger on Friday night.
The visiting Wolves of Harris-Lake Park would jump out to a 19-0 lead with three quick scores in the first quarter before Graettinger/Terril was able to break the ice just before the end of the first quarter.
Graettinger/Terril quarterback Blaze Alesch dumps off a short pass to teammate Trent Lundgren during play in Friday’s 26-12 Homecoming loss to Harris-Lake Park. The Knights would also dedicate their playing field to former coach Rod Hough during the evening. --Jane Whitmore photo
Quarterback Blaze Alesch found Tyler Dalen with a quick, two-yard pass for a score, but the conversion failed, leaving the Knights trailing 19-6 when the quarter ended.
There would be no scoring in the second quarter as both defenses settled in for the battle, leaving the score at 19-6 for the intermission.
The scoring drought continued in the second half, as the third quarter would be another scoreless period, but early in the fourth quarter, Graettinger/Terril found an offensive answer.
The Knights went to the air again as Alesch hit Ethan Petersen with an 18-yard pass with 9:24 remaining in the game, but the conversion attempt would come up short again.
With the margin narrowed up, the Knights were hopeful of coming up with another score to make a game out of it, but Harris-Lake Park would come back to score with just under 4:30 to go in the game, making the score 26-12, and the Knights could get no closer before time ran out.
Graettinger/Terril would own the statistical game, as they amassed 311 total yards of offense, while Harris-Lake Park rolled up a total of 194 yards of total offensive production, but also intercepted three Knight passess in the contest.
Graettinger/Terril would run 36 rushing plays that gained 95 yards, with Blaze Alesch gaining 43 yards off 15 attempts. Trent Lundgren added 39 yards on 17 rushing attempts.
Alesch would complete 17 out of his 32 passing attempts in the game for 216 yards in the air.
Garrett Parker was the leading receiver for the Knights, grabbing five balls for 105 yards. Trent Lundgren added four catches for a total of 45 yards, while Ethan Peterson had four catches for 43 yards,
Tyler Dalen made two catches for 11 yards and Colin Leiting had one reception for 12 yards.
On the defensive side, Trent Lundgren and Tym Hart each came up with 10 tackles in the game, while Blaze Alesch and Mitch Girres both recovered fumbles and Zach Chicoine tallied three quarterback sacks.
However, a less pleasant aspect of the game was that the Knights were whistled for 100 yards in penalties, while the Wolves were assessed just 10 yards in the contest.
Graettinger/Terril will close out its' regular season on Friday night when they travel to Corwith to take on Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne. The Knights will then have a bye week the final Friday of the regular season to await their playoff fortunes.