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Slow Start Turns Into Big Rout For Knights

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009

COMIN’ THROUGH - Graettinger/Terril’s Nate Howard deliviers a little stiff-arm to ward off a tackle attempt by Twin River Valley’s Abel Ramos during the Knights’ 64-8 shelling of the Thunder on Friday night. Howard would rack up 163 yards off 12 carries and scored four touchdowns for Graettinger/Terril during their Homecoming triumph Friday night at Evergreen Park. -- Jane Whitmore photo

GRAETTINGER – When your opponent takes the opening kickoff and turns it into a quick touchdown, and it’s your Homecoming game, one might tend to get a little apprehensive.

Not at Graettinger/Terril.

Coach Karlton Hector’s Knights simply pulled the chin straps a notch tighter and uncorked 64 unanswered points for a 64-8 blowout victory over Twin River Valley Friday night.

The win improves the Knights to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Eight-Man District Two, and preparing for a challenge on the road at Laurens-Marathon this Friday night.

Normally, a lot of ball clubs might become a little wary of their opponent after such a start, but the Knights simply took the storm back to the Thunder.

After TRV’s initial touchdown, Nate Howard returned the ensuing kickoff 65-yards for an answering strike. Drew Skattebo added the two-point conversion to tie the affair with 5:32 to go in the opening stanza.

Quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp would give Graettinger/Terril the lead once and for all when he kept the ball to run in for a four-yard score to give the Knights a 15-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Knight defense would bring its full pressure to bear and shut TRV down, getting the ball back and allowing Dyhrkopp to sneak in from a yard out with 8:47 to go in the half.

Graettinger/Terril would add two more scores in the second quarter, as Drew Skattebo raced into the end zone with runs of 10 and 15 yards to put the Knights up 35-8 at the intermission. Graettinger/Terril was on e a roll to start the second half, and came up with a 70-yard meander by Nate Howard, along with a 32 yard burds from Drew Skattebo to start the continuous clock midway through the third quarter for a 48-8 lead to start the final frame.

The Knights’ reserves took over in the final quarter, with Jeremiah Andrews scoring on a 39-yard run and Colin Leiting running in the two-point conversion.

Trent Lundgren would put the exclamation point on the win, scoring off a four yard run and Kyler Dose added the two-point finish for the 64-8 final tally.

For the Knights, it was a 410 yard outing, with 395 yards on the ground and 15 yards in the win.

Leading the way on the ground was Nate Howard, with a dozen rushes for 163 yards, while Drew Skattebo added 114 yards off 11 rushes. Jeremiah Andrews came up with 48 yards on two carries in the final quarter and Trent Lundgren added a pair of runs to gain 43 yards for the Knights.

Cody Dyhrkopp completed one of two passes for 15 yards with Eric Hatland making the reception. Hatland also connected on four of his six conversion kicks in the contest.

The Knights are at Laurens-Marathon on Friday.