Knights Spoil Wolverine Homecoming
WEST BEND – Many an epic game has been played between West Bend-Mallard and Graettinger/Terril over the years, and Friday’s dominating win by the Knights over the Wolverines will be one for the records. Graettinger/Terril put forth an outstanding defensive effort to take a 55-14 win over the Wolverines, spoiling their Homecoming on Friday.
The loss drops Coach Pete Kapustynski’s Wolverines t o a mark of 1-4 in the district and 2-5 overall, while Coach karlton Hector’s Knights keep their playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 mark in the league and 5-2 overall mark.
The Wolverines would take the opening kick but were limited to three downs and a punt due to a blitzing defense by the Knights.
The Knights took the punt and quickly engineered a scoring drive that started with Cody Dyhrkopp returning the punt 50 yards down to the eight yard line. The drive drive was capped off two plays later when Drew Skattebo bulled into the end zone from three yards out. A kick by Morton Uthoff made the score 7-0 for the Knights with plenty of time to go in the first frame.
West Bend-Mallard would run afoul of the G/T defense on their next possession and were once again forced to punt. The Knights responded with another scoring drive that was concluded with a one yard dive into the end zone by Drew Skattebo. A kick by Uthoff put the Knights up 14-0 with just under 5:00 to go in the quarter.
The Wolverines found their offense on their next possession. Taking the kick at their own 15, Quarterback Darin Banwart drove the Wolverines down field, and used the clock to his advantage before hitting Travis Goeders with a 41 yard strike to bring West Bend-Mallard to the 20 yard line.
The purple and gold started grinding away, inching closer to the end zone until Andy Riesenberg took the ball at the two yard line and pushed his way in for a score with just over 2:00 to go in the quarter. .Andy Riesenberg would run in the conversion for his touchdown to cut the Knights’ lead to a 14-8 tally.
Graettinger/Terril responded after the Wolverines’ score by engineering a quick drive with the clock spinning down. Quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp tucked the ball in and broke through the defense for a 59 yard dash to the end zone with :45 to go in the quarter. Morton Uthoff put the ball through the uprights and the Knights were holding a 21-8 advantage over the Wolverines with time still left in the first quarter.
West Ben-Mallard wasn’t ready to concede anything just yet, though. With the clock spinning down, Darin Banwart hit Matt Ruppert with a quick pass that Ruppert took over the midfield stripe into the Knight’s domain to end the quarter.
But then disaster struck.
On the first play of the second frame, Ruppert was hit and lost his grip on the ball, which was scooped up by the G/T defense at their own 35.
The Wolverines kept fighting, with Logan Streit sacking Dyhropp for a loss, but Graettinger/Terril came right back, sending Jake Hoffman on a 40 yard run for a touchdown. The conversion kick by Utoft was good for a 28-8 lead for the visitors.
The Wolverines struggled again on offense in their next possession, going three downs and then punting the ball away.
Once again, the Knights made the best of the situation and added another touchdown as they went to James Tatman for a 12 yard run to collect the score. The kick made the lead 35-8 as the Wolverines simply couldn’t get anything to work for them.
Once again, West Bend-Mallard was limited to three downs and a punt as the Knight defense harassed Banwart in the pocket and swarmed the line of scrimmage.
On the resulting punt, however, the Knights stumbled. Two penalties backed the Knights up, and the Wolverine defense made a nice stop on third down to force Graettinger/Terril into a punt of their own.
Starting inside their own five yard line, the Wolverines started driving downfield, as the offense started clicking. Working down inside the Knights’ 25 yard line, the Wolverines’ luck ran out. The defensive pressure resulted in four straight incomplete passes for the Wolverines, giving the Knights the ball back on downs with just 1:30 to go in the half.
Graettinger/Terril went into a two-minute drill as they quickly worked downfield and with :15 to go in the first half, Dyhrkopp hit Beau Craig with a nine yard pass for a score. The kick by Utoft would give the Knights a 42-8 lead when the half ended.
With the clock running continuously to start the second half by virtue of the 35-point rule, the Knights ran into a determined Wolverine defense to start the second half, as West Bend-Mallard denied the Knights on a fourth and inches to force a punt.
The two teams would end up trading possessions after the stop, but Graettinger/Terril would get a 49 yard touchdown run from Cody Dyhrkopp to make the score 49-7 after the kick by Utoft.
With just over 6:00 to go in the third, West Bend-Mallard reached deep down inside themselves and answered the Knights. Determined running by Andy and Jack Riesenberg would keep the Wolverine drive moving after the kickoff. Mixing some pass with the run, Banwart went to the air and found Travis Goeders with a 24 yard throw down inside the Knights’ 20.
The Wolverines would fumble on the next play, by Darin Banwart fell on the ball to maintain possession and the drive for the Wolverines. Going back to the air, Banwart threw to Matt Ruppert from 27 yards away to give West Bend-Mallard their second score of the night. However, the conversion try for two points was stopped, making the score 49-14 with just over 4:30 to go in the third quarter. The score would hold through the end of the quarter.
Graettinger/Terril would strike a final time early in the fourth quarter off a run by Eric Hatland for the 55-14 final score, celebrating their win while the Wolverines quietly left the field.
Despite the final score, West Bend-Mallard was able to compile a total of 378 yards of offense, 100 coming on the ground off 29 rushes, while 278 yards came through the air off 13 of 23 passing by Banwart with two interceptions.
For Graettinger/Terril, the Knights had 380 yards rushing off 50 carries and 50 yards passing off four of eight throws by cody Dyhrkopp.
Andy Riesenberg would carry the ball 15 times for 28 yards, while Darin Banwart gained 24 yards off seven rushes. Jack Riesenberg had two carries for 22 yards, while Greg Mader picked up 15 yards on two rushes. Logan Streit made two carries for eight yards and Mitch Bonnstetter had one carry for three yards.
Travis Goeders would lead the receiving corps with five catches for 153 yards, while Matt Ruppert added four catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Andy Riesenberg added three catches for 45 yards for the Wolverines.
For the Knights, Jake Hoffman picked up 117 yards off 12 carries, while Cody Dyhrkopp ran eight times for 111 yards. Drew Skattebo added 15 carries for78 yards with Eric Hatland picking up 25 yards on five carries and Heath Marchand adding six rushes for 14 yards.
Kass Schany had a catch for 18 yards, while James Tatman made a 12 yard reception and Drew Skattebo added an 11 yard catch. Beau Craig rounded out the receiving with a nine yard grab.
Defensively, Todd Goeders led West Bend-Mallard with 14 stops, while Darin Banwart and Travis goeders each had 11 tackles and Andy Riesenberg added 10 stops.
“Our guys came out and played really hard from the get go,” noted G/T Head Coach Karlton Hector. ” Our kids knew this game was important and they responded with a great performance. It was another great team effort and when we get great team efforts these are the results we have seen. We have to keep our focus and continue to play our best football at the end of the year. “
For Graettinger/Terril, the focus turns to Homecoming week, culminating in a contest on Friday night against the Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire.
West Bend-Mallard will take to the road for a district matchup against the Wolves of Harris-Lake Park in action at Lake Park on Friday.