Knights Bounce Back For Victory
GRAETTINGER – After a tough loss a week earlier, the Knights of Graettinger/Terril exploded to take a 51-0 lead at halftime on their way to a 51-8 win over Harris-Lake Park Friday night. The victory improves the Knights to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in district play as they enter Homecoming week and a meeting with Twin River Valley this Friday night.
“We worked all week on getting better and building momentum every week,” explained G/T Head Coach Karlton Hector. “The kids responded in practice and we were able to get back in the win column.”
Respond might be too general of a term, as the Knights literally exploded out of the blocks on Friday. scoring four times in the opening quarter of play.
Nate Howard would strike first with a 51-yard run just over a minute into the game. Drew Skattebo would score next off a 47 yard run, before Howard would field a Harris-Lake Park punt and return it 44 yards for a score. To close out the first quarter, Howard would race into the end zone from 41 yards out to put GT up 25-0.
With the train on the tracks, the Knight’s express continued to build up steam. This time, quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp ripped off a 41 yard dash for a score to start the second quarter.
Drew Skattebo would add a two-yard run to the tally before Nate Howard came up with a 50 yard run as te Knights showed no signs of tiring, let alone stopping.
The final Knight score of the game came from Heath Marchand, who rolled to a 62 yard touchdown off a pass interception to put GT up 51-0 at halftime.
The second half was played under the continuous clock rule, and went quickly for the Knights. There would be no scoring in the third quarter, but Harris-Lake Park would erase their goose egg in the closing stages of the game off a 12-yard touchdown pass for the 51-8 final tally.
Graettinger/Terril had the game well in hand, racking up 299 yards of rushing off 33 plays. The Knights attempted four passes but had no completions. Harris-Lake Park was limited to 13 rushing yards and 77 yards in the air for a 90 yard offensive performance.
Nate Howard rushed six times and gained 153 yards, while Drew Skattebo ran 11 times for 86 yards. Cody Dyhrkopp had three rushes for 42 yards.
Defensively, Michael Jensen had five tackles, while Heath Marchand and Eric Hatland both had three tackles and Marchand had the 62 yard interception return for a touchdown.
“In a game like this we will have to go back and look at the film and be real picky,” Hector noted. “We don’t want to just assume that because the score was what is was that we played great. We know that to compete at the highest level we can’t have any little silly mistakes. Our kids know that to get where they have told us they want to go, we have to continue to get better and not get lazy or sloppy in execution. Sometimes in a lopsided game, the guys have a tendency to relax and do things the wrong way, because it is easier to get away with.”
Hector continued, “We can’t afford to get lazy or develop bad habits. This will only hinder us when we come against our next tough opponent. I was very happy over all with our execution and effort. We have some talent and ability, and we are excited to see how much better of a team we become.”