Knights Advance To Post-Season Play
GRAETTINGER – Even though they came up short in a 42-21 decision to Armstrong-Ringsted on Friday night, the Graettinger/Terril Knights are flying high as they prepare for a post-season playoff appearance.
Coach Karlton Hector’s Knights will make a journey to Remsen on Wednesday night to take on the Rockets of Remsen-Union in an Eight-man Substate Playoff game. Kick off on Wednesday night, Oct. 29, will be 7 p.m. in Remsen.
It will be the second meeting of the year between the Knights and Rockets, as Graettinger Terril defeated Remsen-Union in week two of the second by a 16-8 tally.
On Friday, the Knights would score first, taking advantage of an AR fumble on the second play of the game. Three plays after recovering the fumble, the Knights were rewarded with a 34 yard touchdown by Jake Hoffman. Morton Uthoff would split the uprights with the kick and the Knights held a 7-0 advantage over the Mustangs.
Armstrong-Ringsted would try to mount a drive after that, but the Knight defense came up with a big stop with their backs against their own goal line to turn the Mustangs away. Graettinger/Terril tried to drive themselves, but would fumble the ball to end th first quarter, clinging to a 7-0 lead.
The Mustangs would use the turnover to their advantage to start the second frame, with quarterback Ridge Christiansen scoring on a two yard keeper. The conversion kick tied the contest at 7-7, and it looked like this would be a game that would go to the wire.
The Knights would punt the ball away and the Mustangs went to the air for a 36-yard touchdown pass and the kick gave AR a 14-7 advantage.
Graettinger/Terril would answer right away, driving 65 yards to score off a six yard Jake Hoffman run. Morton Uthoff added the kick to tie the game at 14-14 at the intermission.
The Knights would try to mount a drive to open the second half, but penalties choked the effort and the Mustangs got a 45 yard run from Tyler Tonderum for a quick score and 21-14 lead.
After another Knight punt, the Mustangs struck through the air again with a 58 yard pass for a touchdown and 27-14 lead after the kick failed.
The Knights weren’t going to concede anything, as they called on Jake Hoffman once again in the opening stages of the fourth quarter for a 10 yard scoring run. Utoff’s kick narrowed the margin to 27-21, but Armstrong-Ringsted had something left in their arsenal.
A quick drive resulted in a touchdown off a pass play for a 35-21 lead, and after a Knight pass was intercepted, the Mustangs used the turnover to score off a 15 yard quarterback keeper for the 42-21 final score.
For Graettinger/Terril, Jake Hoffman had 31 carries for 213 yards and all three touchdowns. Drew Skattebo added nine rushes for 60 yards and Cody Dyhrkopp came up with 47 yards on nine carries. Dyhrkopp completed two of nine passes for 13 yards, with Kass Schany making one catch for eight yards and Beau Craig another catch for five yards.
“This was a very physical game played by both teams,” noted G/T Head Coach Karton Hector. “Our kids came out and really played well. We only missed on a few plays and being the very good team that they are, Armstrong took advantage of them. I feel it was closer than the score indicates and our kids should be very proud of this game and our season.”
With the Knights in the playoffs, Hector knows they face a new season, where records mean little. “We now have the great opportunity to prepare for a 10th game, sub-state, and start a second season. We know we can compete with the best and we must strive to get better every day. If we can continue to get better on all the little things that are holding us back, we will have a great chance to continue our season even further.”