Knights Claim First In-County Battle
GRAETTINGER – Friday’s meeting of in-county rivals Graettinger/Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire seemed to turn into a case of “score early and score often” as the Knights rolled to a 55-12 win over the Raiders.
The win improves Graettinger/Terril to 4-0 on the season and 209 in Eight Man District Two, while Ruthven-Ayrshire slips to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the district race.
It was a night for big plays as the Knights racked up four touchdowns in the first quarter alone, riding the galloping Nate Howard to all but one of the touchdowns in the contest.
Ruthven-Ayrshire would get just two scores on the night, as Trevin Enderson and Cory Jordan would each find the end zone, but it was Nate Howard’s night for the Knights, as the senior tallied six visits to the end zone while Trent Lundgren added one score.
The Knights would get a 40-yard scoring run from Howard, and then a 42-yard punt return for a score before adding runs of 65 yards and 48 yards to round out the first quarter fireworks.
Howard would add runs if 33 and 10 yards in the second quarter and capped off his effort with a 57 yard run in the third quarter. Trent Lundgren would score off an eight-yard carry in the third frame to end the Knights’ scoring blitz.
Howard would lead Graettinger/Terril with 279 yards on 12 carries, while Jeremiah Andrews added 38 yards on three carries. got nine yards off three rushes by Logan Flaharty, while Trent Lundgren had an eight yard carry and Kyler Dose added two yards off three rushes.
All told, the Knights racked up 341 yards off 23 rushes in the contest.
For the Raiders, Kyle Toillion gained 34 yards off 14 rushes, while Cory Jordan added 27 yards from eight rushes. Dylan Smith lost five yards on two carries and Michael Sundall earned 11 yards off eight attempts as the Raiders had 67 yards rushing off 39 attempts.
Trevin Enderson would thrown the ball once for six yards, while the Knights attempted no passing in the game.
Defensively, G/T got 11 tackles from Colin Leiting, while Trent Lundgren added six stops and Tym Hart had seven tackles.
Ruthven-Ayrshire got seven tackles from Trevin Enderson, while Dylan Smith, Logan Bowman,and Tyler Dyer each added four stops.
The Knights have a formidable task ahead of them this Friday night as they travel to Armstrong to meet the defending state champions of Armstrong-Ringsted, while Ruthven-Ayrshire also faces a formidable challenge as they travel to West Bend to take on the Wolverines.