NEWELL - The postseason ended a little sooner than Graettinger-Terril's Knights would have liked on Wednesday night, as they fell to Newell-Fonda by a 41-58 tally. The loss closes the Knights' season with a mark of 3-6 on the season and 3-3 in Eight-man District Two for the season.
As the four-seed of District Two, the Knights were paired against the top-ranked Mustangs of Newell-Fonda out of District One for the first-round matchup.
However, that challenge did not deter the Knights in any way as they entered Wednesday night's game at Newell.
Graettinger-Terril quarterback Blaze Alesch turns the corner on a scramble in Wednesday’s playoff game at Newell. --Jane Whitmore photo
Graettinger-Terril would trail the Mustangs early , but managed to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter when quarterback Blaze Alesch hit Trent Lundgren with a screen pass for a 17 yard score. Mitch Girres booted the extra point to erase the goose egg on the scoreboard.
With time winding down in the first half and trailing 14-7, the Knights tied the game up when Alesch hit Garrett Parker with an eight yard toss for a score. Mitch Girres planted the to knot the score at 14-14 for the intermission.
Graettinger-Terril took a 21-20 lead in the third quarter after Tym Hart scores on a two-yard run and Girres added a kick. But in the final quarter, miscues on the part of the Knights were capitalized on by the Mustangs, who scored off a GT fumble at their own four-yard line and an interception that would kill a scoring drive.
The Knights would get another touchdown from Trent Lundgren off a 55-yard run, and then got another score when Colin Leiting hauled in a 49-yard bomb from Alesch.
Alesch would bring the scoring to a close with a six yard run of his own in the final minute of the game for the 58-41 final tally.
The Knights would pick up 125 yards off 26 rushing plays, led by Blaze Alesch with 60 yards on 19 attempts. Trent Lundgren added 63 yards rushing off six carries in the contest. Blaze Alesch would complete 30 of 54 passes in the game for 324 yards with two interceptions.
Colin Leiting made nine receptions to gain 167 yards in the effort while Trent Lundgren had 12 catches for 102 yards. Quinn Parker caught four passes for 27 yards and Ethan Petersen had three catches for 25 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Tym Hart made 16 tackles and Colin Leiting added 11 stops. Trent Lundgren made seven stops with a pair of quarterback sacks. Blaze Alesch tallied a sack and Cody Thompson recovered a fumble.