Knight Defense Persevers For Win
AURELIA – A late game rally by Aurelia made things tight for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril on Friday. However, a big defensive stand by the Knights would preserve a 40-38 win in the Knights first-every Eight-man football game and season opener.
“It was a well-fought game,” said G/T coach Karlton Hector.
After leading 26-14 at the intermission, a pair of costly errors by the Knights allowed Aurelia’s Bulldogs back into the game off an onside kick and a fumble that tied the contest.
Aurelia scored with a nine yard pass in the first quarter. Graettinger/Terril answered at the 1:52 mark with a four yard run by Jake Hoffman to answer the Bulldogs..
Aurelia retook the lead on a seven yard run with a two-point conversion to lead 14-6, but the Knights came back with a 48-yard run by Drew Skattebo. However, the two-point conversion failed, but 2:30 minutes later, Cody Dyhrkopp scored on a 13-yard run with 5:59 remaining to give the Knights their first lead of the game. Dyhrkopp would also add the two-point conversion to make the score 20-14.
Dyhrkopp scored once more before halftime on a 15 yard run with 2:24 remaining for the 26-14 advantage.
Aurelia rallied in the second half with the onside kick and recovering a fumble to score twice within a few seconds of the start of the half.
The Knights didn’t panic, and retook the lead when Beau Craig caught a four yard pass from Dyhrkopp with Jake Hoffman adding the two-point conversion.
Aurelia then scored on a four yard pass, but failed on the conversion try.
With just over 3:00 remaining, Beau Craig caught his second touchdown strike from Dyhrkopp, a 19 yard catch, but the conversion try for two points failed, leaving the Knights with a 40-32 lead.
Aurelia would march downfield and score with :44 to go, but good defense by the Knights pressured the conversion throw and it sailed over the receiver’s head for a 40-38 score and the win.
Drew Skattebo rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries while Jake Hoffman had 61 yards on 14 carries and Cody Dyhrkopp had 36 yards on 14 carries. Dyhrkopp completed six of 11 passes for 78 yards with two touchdowns, but more importantly, no interceptions on the night.
Drew Skattebo caught three passes for 29 yards while Beau Craig caught two passes for 24 yards and James Tatman had a 25 yard catch.
“It was great to win in the style we did under great adversity,” noted Head Coach karlton Hector. “But there’s still plenty of season left.”
The Knights will host Remsen-Union this Friday night.