Knights Run Past Raiders In 40-3 Decision
RUTHVEN – For the first half of Friday’s meeting between the Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire and the Knights of Graettinger/Terril, it was anybody’s ballgame. But the second half would see the Knights take over the ground game and run to a 40-3 win over the Raiders.
For Graettinger/Terril, the win assures the Knights of a third place finish in Eight-Man District Two, as they improve to 5-1 in league play and 7-1 overall. For Ruthven-Ayrshire, the setback gives the Raiders a 3-5 mark overall and a 2-4 record in the district.
With a light rain falling on Friday night, the game quickly turned into an old-fashioned battle of churning out yardage. Graettinger/Terril would strike first, as they put together a drive that would be capped off with a six yard run by Nate Howard. The conversion kick would make the score 7-0 for the Knights, a lead they would hold through the remainder of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the two teams traded possessions until the Raiders took over and started driving downfield. However, a determined defensive stand by the Knight would force Ruthven-Ayrshire to settle for a 35 yard field goal by Ryan Sikora, which cut the gap to a 7-3 score.
Graettinger/Terril would take the resulting kick off and quickly found themselves on the scoreboard again, as Nate Howard would pick his way through the defense from five yards out to give the Knights a 14-3 lead after the conversion kick to close out the first half.
While the Raiders were in good shape to start the second half, their luck deserted them. Graettinger/Terril would come out and open things with a 67 yard run by Nate Howard to give the Knights a 20-0 lead after the conversion failed.
The Raiders would be forced into a punt, and the Knights struck once again, this time with quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp hitting Beau Craig with an 11 yard pass for a score. The conversion made the Knights’ lead 27-3 to end the third quarter.
Graettinger/Terril would put the game out of reach in the final quarter, as Drew Skattebo would get into the scoring act with a five yard touchdown of his own for a 34-3 lead and Nate Howard would put the insurance score on the scoreboard with a five yard touchdown for the 40-3 final score.
Nate Howard would rush the football 18 times for 204 yards, while scoring four touchdowns for the Knights in the win. Drew Skattebo added 10 carries for 31 yards with one touchdown. Blaze Alesch added one carry for 14 yards, while Colin Leiting had a 12 yard rushing play and Jeremiah Andrews had two rushes for 11 yards.
Cody Dyhrkopp made two carries for eight yards and completed two of six passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. Cody Chapman had a three-yard carry and Heath Marchand had a two yard carry.
Beau Craig made one catch for 11 yards and a touchdown and Colin Leiting added a nine yard reception.
For Ruthven-Ayrshire, Zach Loring picked up 87 yards off 18 carries, while Trevin Enderson had three yards off four carries. Michael Sundall carried the ball twice for two yards and Kyle Toillion had one carry for two yards. Trevin Enderson completed one of five passes for seven yards, with Mark Geelan making the lone reception.
Overall, Graettinger/Terril gained 279 yards rushing off 42 carries, while the Raiders picked up 88 yards off 25 carries. The Knights had 20 yards of passing offense to total 299 yards, compared with Ruthven-Ayrshire’s 95 total yards offense.
Ruthven-Ayrshire got 10 tackles from Colton Bakken and nine tackles from Trevin Enderson.
The Knights will travel to Armstrong-Ringsted on Friday night, while Ruthven-Ayrshire travels to Harris-Lake Park.