Knights Earn Home Opener Win
GRAETTINGER – The passing game is paying off for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril, as they would pass successfully on three occasions in a 25-0 win over Ventura Friday night. The win gives the Knights a 2-0 mark as they open their district slate with a tough test against North Sentral Kossuth on Friday in a game to be played at Fenton.
G/T quarterback Eric Hatland hit just three of the 10 passes he attempted Friday against Ventura, but all three were good for touchdowns against the Vikings. On Friday, Blaze Alesch, Nate Howard and Beau Craig each caught one pass for scores in the contest, which also featured a big punt return for a touchdown by Nate Howard as well.
The first quarter was scoreless, with both teams testing their offenses to find a working combination, but early in the second, Blaze Alesch hauled in a 56 yard bomb for a score. Hatland kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Just before the half, a bad snap on a punt gave the Knights the ball deep in Ventura’s territory, and Hatland hit Howard with a 22 yard strike for a score and the 13-0 lead at the break.
Defense would play a big role in the second half, as the Knights would force a punt by the Vikings that Howard would catch near midfield and returned it 37 yards for his second score of the night.
Graettinger/Terril would strike one more time in the final quarter after a fumble by the Vikings was recovered by Heath Marchand. The Knights offense quickly set up and Hatland took to the airways again, this time finding Beau Craig waiting in the end zone to score off an 11-yard pass reception for the 25-0 final score.
For the Knights, Nate Howard picked up 86 yards on 25 carries, while Trent Lundgren carried the ball two times to gain 14 yards and Heath Marchand ran the ball twice for six yards rushing.
In the passing department, Eric Hatland completed three of 10 attempts, but the three completions covered 89 yards.
Defensively, Ty Bisenius led the Knights with nine tackles, while Trent Lundgren, Nate Howard and Eric Hatland all added seven tackles to the effort. Beau Craig also earned a pair off quarterback sacks to the defensive effort for the Knights.