Knights Fall Fron Ranks Of Undefeated
GRAETTINGER – It’s always hard to take a loss, but it’s especially hard when it’s your first loss of the season. For Graettinger/Terril, it was a bitter pill to swallow Friday night in a 40-12 setback to defending State Champions Armstrong-Ringsted. The loss gives the Knights a mark of 4-1 overall and 2-1 in district play as they face Homecoming week and another stiff opponent in the form of West Bend-Mallard.
A determined defensive effort by AR put the clamps on Graettinger/Terril’s offense, holding the Knights to 171 yards of offense – just 84 of those yards coming from the rush and 87 through the air.
Graettinger/Terril was held scoreless in the first half of the game as Armstrong-Ringsted rolled up four touchdown drives for a 28-0 halftime advantage. The Mustang’s lead grew to 35-0 early in the third quarter, but the Knight finally mounted a scoring drive late in the third frame.
Using a halfback pass from Nate Howard to quarterback Eric Hatland, a 10 yard reception gave the Knights their first score of the contest.
In the final quarter, Graettinger/Terril would use the play again to score, as Howard would hit Beau Craig for a scoring pass, but the conversion would fail giving the Knights the 40-12 final tally.
Graettinger/Terril’s Howard was held in check by the Mustang defense for For the Knights, Howard was held just under 100 yards rushing and completed two of five passes for 13 yards.
Eric Hatland made four of 17 passes for 37 yards but was picked twice. Blaze Alesch added one of two passes with a pick to the effort, while Beau Craig had three receptions for a total of 54 yards.