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Defense Helps Knights Ground Rockets

By Staff | Sep 9, 2008

GO TO THE BALL - Graettinger/Terril’s Cody Dyhrkopp fights for a pick against a Remsen Union receiver while teammate Taylor Harris closes in during the Knights’ 16-8 win over the Rockets on Friday night. The Knights improved to 2-0 on the young season with thev ictory in heir home opener. -- Wai Li photo

GRAETTINGER – It was a tough battle for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril, but the Rockets of Remsen Union couldn’t overcome the tenacity of the Knights in a 16-8 defensive struggle Friday night. The narrow victory gives Coach Karlton Hector and the Knights a 2-0 mark on the young season, as they prepare to start district play this Friday by hosting North Sentral Kossuth.

“Defensively, we shut down the run pretty well,” noted Hector.

The Knights made the first noise of the evening when Drew Skattebo came up with a 25-yard run midway through the first quarter for a touchdown. Skattebo would run in his own conversion play for an 8-0 lead that would hold through the first half after the teams traded possessions and punts.

The Knights would score again midway through the third frame when Jake Hoffman would score off a 14-yard yard run. For the conversion attempt, Quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp hit Kass Schany with a pass for the 16-0 lead to hold through the end of the third frame.

The Defense worked to preserve the shutout victory in the final quarter, but Remsen Union managed to connect on a 65 yard pass play late in the quarter to avoid the shut out and added the conversion for the 16-8 final score.

For the Knights, Jake Hoffman carried the load, rushing 28 times for 172 yards in the victory, including a touchdown run. Drew Skattebo added 95 yards rushing off 19 attempts and also made two pass receptions for 22 yards. Kass Schany caught three passes for 16 yards in the win. Overall, the Knights racked up 274 yards on the ground off 58 rushing plays.

Cody Dyhrkopp would complete five of seven passing attempts for a total of 40 yards, with one pass being intercepted.

Graettinger/Terril’s defense did its job well, holding Remsen-Union to just 121 yards of rushing offense and 134 yards through the air.