Knights Blank CWL Panthers
GRAETTINGER – Any football coach will tell you it’s vitally important to come out in a game and get off to a solid start. Coach Karlton Hector’s Graettinger/Terril Knights did exactly that on Friday night as they scored on the first play from scrimmage and never looked back in recording a 47-0 shutout over the Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Panthers.
Graettinger/Terril quarterback Eric Hatland hit Nate Howard with a 41 yard scoring strike less than :20 into the game and Howard would dash into the end zone with the two-point conversion for a lightning quick 8-0 lead.
The defense would hold the Panthers to three downs and a punt, and the Knight went back on offense.
Starting inside their own 15, the rushing game was the rule. Nate Howard would run the pigskin five straight plays to pick up almost 30 yards and put the Knights in more favorable field position.
With a first down on the CWL?half of the field, the Knights called on Jeremiah Andrews, who would find a seam and raced 39 yards for the second touchdown of the evening with just over 8:00 to go in the first quarter.
With a 14-0 lead in hand, the Knight defense forced a three and out and the offense went back to work. Eric Hatland would come out throwing this series, completing passes to Colin Leiting and Jeremiah Andrews before Nate Howard would take the handoff and race 10 yards for a touchdown and 20-0 lead.
The Graettinger/Terril defense continued to play solid football, as Jeremiah Andrews killed the Panther drive with an interception at the midfield stripe. With the Panthers shaking off the interception turnover, Nate Howard tucked the ball in and sliced through the CWL?defense to race 40 yards for a score.
Eric Hatland would kick the conversion to put the Knights up 27-0 with just under 6:00 to play in the first quarter.
The momentum was solidly behind Graettinger/Terril, as they would start after another three and out at the CWL 35. This time, Hatland sought out Blaze Alesch with a 35-yard strike for a score and 33-0 advantage.
Once again, Jeremiah Andrews read the CWL offense perfectly and stole another pass on the Panthers’ resulting possession at the Knights’ 25-yard line.
It would take three plays after the turnover for the Knights to capitalize, but Beau Craig outmuscled a pair of CWL defenders and raced 48 yards for the score after pulling down the Hatland pass to make the score 41-0 at the intermission.
The second half would pass quickly with the continuous clock, and Graettinger/Terril would add a final touchdown when Jeremiah Andrews scored off a 10-yard touchdown run for the 47-0 final tally.
For the Knights, Jeremiah Andrews ended the night with 145 yards off eight rushing attempts. Nate Howard gained 79 yards from seven carries and Blaze Alesch added 16 yards on three carries, while Heath Marchand rushed three times to add 10 yards. Tym Hart had nine yards on three rushes, while Eric Hatland ran three times for eight yards and Kyler Dose added two carries for seven yards to the 274-yard effort.
Hatland was 6-for-6 passing for 163 yards. Alesch was 3-for-8 passing for 64 yards.
Craig caught two passes for 82 yards, Leiting caught two passes for 41 yards, Howard caught one pass for 41 yards, Andrews caught two passes for 24 yards and Matt Masters caught one pass for 30 yards.
The Knight defense limited CWL to 34 yards of offense, 16 on the ground and 18 through the air.
G-T (8-0, 6-0) wraps up the regular season at home against Twin River Valley.