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Wolverines Manhandled By Knights

By Staff | Oct 13, 2009

WRAPPED?UP?TIGHT - Graettinger/Terril’s Nate Howard is brought down by West Bend-Mallard’s Aaron Johnson (#56) on the bottom and Mitch Bonnstetter (#23) after a short gain in Friday’s 48-8 Graettinger/Terril win over the Wolverines.— Tim Dahlhauser photo

GRAETTINGER – In a meeting of two old rivals, Graettinger/Terril would get off to a big start to claim a 48-8 win over West Bend-Mallard on Friday night. The win improves the Knights to 4-1 in Eight Man District Two and 6-1 overall, while the Wolverines fall to 1-4 in the district and 1-6 overall on the season.

The Wolverines started the game with a nice defensive stand, holding Graettinger/Terril to three downs and a punt, but that’s when the Wolverines ran into the Knight defense. WBM?was forced to punt after going nowhere and the Knights ended up inside the Wolverines’ 40 yard line to start their next series.

The Knights moved the ball methodically after the punt and eight plays later, Nate Howard broke off a seven yard run with 5:25 left in the period. The conversion kick by Eric Hatland split the uprights, giving the Knights a 7-0 lead that would hold to the end of the first quarter.

The Wolverine offense was forced into three and a punt again and the Knights took over at their own 26 yard line. The possession would run the clock out in the first quarter and on the first play of the second frame, Nate Howard ran in from 22 yards out with 11:51 to go in the half. Hatland added the kick for a 14-0 advantage.

West Bend-Mallard would take over at their own 24 after the kick, but a pair of penalties backed the Wolverines up to their own five yard line. A fumble would fall into the hands of the Knights at the 12 yard line and Drew Skattebo would tally the touchdown off a five-yard run. Hatland’s kick gave the Knights a 21-0 lead with 9:06 remaining in the half.

It was a case of three and out for the Wolverine offense again and the Knights took over at their own 20. Using the clock to their advantage, Graettinger/Terril scored the final points of the half with a five yard run by Drew Skattebo for a 27-0 lead. The conversion try was blocked by the Wolverines’ Andy Riesenberg to give the Wolverines a spark to end the first half.

To start the second half, West Bend-Mallard got the football and started a nice drive. The offensive drive was rolling along nicely until quarterback Ethan Fehr was sacked on a key fou fourth and 12 play inside the Knights’ 30 yard line. The ball went over to the Knights on downs and Graettinger/Terril made hay off the defensive stand.

 The Knights struck immediately as quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp hit Beau

Craig with a 45-yard touchdown pass. Nate Howard ran in the two-pointer for a 35-0 advantage with 8:01 remaining in the third frame.

West Bend-Mallard refused to surrender as they took over after the kick at their own 20. Andy Riesenberg ran for 13 yards and a pass from Fehr to n Ryan Banwart brought the Wolverines to the G-T 23 yard line. Fehr took to the air again, hitting Andy Riesenberg to collect a first down a the Knights’ 12 yard line.

Another pass, this one to Riesenberg gave the Wolverines a first down

at the G-T 12. West Bend-Mallard kept grinding away, getting down to the five yard line, but once again the Knights’ defense stiffened and stopped WBM on fourth down when Fehr was sacked at the five yard line a second time.

The Knights took over and once again, Dyhrkopp went to Beau Craig with a 70 yard bomb with :56 to go in the quarter for the score.

Hatland added the kick and it was 42-0 entering the fourth period.

The Knights would add the exclamation point to the scoring with just under 8:30 to go in the game, as Drew Skattebo would run in from 45 yards. The conversion failed, giving the Knights the 48-0 lead.

West Bend-Mallard showed their Wolverines Pride on the resulting possession, as they would drive 65 yards on the possession to break the goosegg on the scoreboard. After an interference call against Graettinger/Terril, Ethan Fehr found Todd Goeders for a 15 yard pass and then went back to Goeders for an 11 yard catch.

Mixing it up, Fehr singled out Jake Goodchild as his next target. The reception by Goodchild put the Wolverines on the Knights’ 28 yard line, where Fehr kept the ball and picked up a first down.

West Bend-Mallard would score off the next play when Fehr handed off to Mitch Bonnstetter, who threw back to Fehr for the touchdown with 2:32 to go in the game. Bonnstetter would run in the two-point conversion to make the final score 48-8.

Graettinger/Terril’s defense limited the Wolverines to 65 yards rushing in the game, while Ethan Fehr and Mitch Bonnstetter came up with 145 yards passing for the purple and gold to total 210 offensive yards.

The Knights would rush for 212 yards and got three completions from Cody Dyhrkopp for 112 yards to total 324 yards offense.

For the Wolverines, Andy Riesenberg ran for 27 yards off seven carries and Mitch Bonnstetter gained 13 yards off four attempts.

 Tanner Bruellman led the defense with 13 tackles., while Aaron Johnson

contributed eight stops and Logan Streit had seven tackles.

Graettinger/Teril got 16 carries for 108 yards from Drew Skattebo, while Nate Howard added 13 rushes for 89 yards. Cody Dyhrkopp added eight carries for 10 yards.

Beau Craig caught two passes for 112 yards while Colin Leiting added one catch for 28 yards.

Defensively, Ty Bisenius recovered a fumble for the Knights in the victory.