Knights Stumble In Season Opener
GRAETTINGER – The 2011 football season started out on a rocky note for the Knights of Graettinger/Terril on Friday. The Knights ran into a buzz-saw in the form of the Remsen-Union rockets and were upended by a 61-14 tally.
The game was scoreless for the first four minutes of play with an exchanged of possessions, but Remsen Union would quickly reel off a 34 yard touchdown run and a 66 yard pass to take a 12-0 lead at the end of the opening stanza.
The Rockets would add two more touchdowns, off a 12 yard run and a five yard strike for a 26-0 advantage, but the Knights would finally find some offense.
Quarterback Blaze Alesch found Colin Leiting with a 40-yard pass and the conversion kick by Mitch Girres made the score 26-7.
But with just under 2:00 to go in the half, Remsen-Union executed the two-minute drill to perfection, and marched down the field for a three yard plunge to cap the drive and end the half with a 32-7 advantage over the Knights.
There was no let up in the second half, as Remsen-Union drew blood off a short six-yard pass with just under 8:00 to go in the third frame, and added a 17-yard run for a score with just under 3:00 to go in the period. for a 46-7 lead.
Despite the odds, the Knights refused to hang their heads. On the resulting kickoff, Trent Lundgren fielded the kick and picked his way through the defense for a 70 yard kickoff return touchdown to re-ignite the Knights. Mitch Girres sent the kick through the uprights, but that would be the final G/T score of the night.
With the score sitting at 46-14, the Rockets executed another two-minute drill and punched in an 11-yard TD to end the third quarter with a 53-14 lead.
Remsen-Union would add
a final touchdown and two-point conversion in the final quarter to tally the 64-14 win over the Knights.
The yardage was tough to earn for Graettinger/Terril as they picked up just 44 yards on the ground, with Trent Lundgren picking up 37 of those yards.
Blaze Alesch completed three of seven passes for 63 yards. Colin Leiting had a 40 yard reception for a TD, while Trent Lundgren had a 16 yard catch and Mitch Girres had a seven yard catch.
Defensively, Trent Lundgren would make 13 tackles and Mitch Girres added a dozen stops. Colin Leiting contributed 10 stops and a quarterback sack to the effort and Zach Chicoine had eight tackles, with Tyler Dalen adding seven stops.
Graettinger/Terril will have to regroup as they take to the road for theirs second game of the season when they take on the Vikings of Ventura this Friday night.