Raiders Fall To Knights In Homecoming Match
RUTHVEN – There was plenty of spirit and fight in the Ruthven-Ayrshire Raiders for Friday’s Homecoming game with Graettinger/Terril, but the Knights would score early and often on their way to a 52-8 win over the Raiders.
The Raiders got the opening kickoff but disaster struck in the form of a fumble that the Knights would recover and quickly turn into a score as Colin Leiting caught a 16-yard throw from Blaze Alesch to score with 11:21 on the clock. The conversion failed to give G/T the early 6-0 lead.
However, the Raiders would get some redemption later in the quarter. After taking the kickoff, Ruthven-Ayrshire drove to the one-yard line but ended up turning the ball over on downs.
The Knights would take over, only to see quarterback Blaze Alesch dropped in the end zone for a two-point safety to make the score 6-2.
Graettinger/Terril would come back to score off a 30 yard run by Austin Thompson with 4:56 to go in the quarter. The conversion kick would make the score 13-2 as the Raiders took over. But, an interception of a Carter Williamson pass would lead to a 13 yard touchdown by Trent Lundgren with 1:13 to go in the quarter, and the conversion made the score 20-2 to start the second quarter.
Kyler Dose would give the Knights a score in the second quarter with a nine-yard run for a 26-2 lead.
Another turnover by the Raiders would give the Knights the ball near midfield and Blaze Alesch kep the ball with a 27-yard run with 5:03 left in the half.
With a 32-2 lead over the Raiders, Graettinger/Terril would get an eight yard run from Ethan Petersen with 3:12 to go in the half, making the score 38-2.
The Raiders would go three and out and the Knights would strike one more time as the clock ran out when Blaze Alesch broke a 59-yard run for a score to make the tally 44-2 at the break.
The clock would run continuosly in the second half as neither team would find the end zone in the third quarter. But in the fourth frame, the Raiders would put something together.
Ruthven-Ayrshire started at their own 12-yard line and strung together a 11-play, 68-yard drive in the fourth quarter that was capped by a Carter Williamson’s eight-yard touchdown run. The conversion failed, making the score 44-8.
However, the Knights would make one final statement as Austin Thompson broke loose for a 60-yard run to score with 9:20 to go in the game for the final touchdwon. The two-point conversion by Kyle Dalen would make the score 52-8 for the final tally.
For the Raiders, three fumbles and three interceptions would utimately lead to five G/T scores on the night.
The Raiders gained 120 yards rushing on 41 carries, with Carter Williamson leading the way with 58 yards off 19 rushes. Garth Wolff had 10 carries for 32 yards and Logan Bowman added 10 carries for 29 yards, while Grant Rehan had two carries for six yards before suffering an injury and leaving the game.
Williamson connected on two of seven passes for 53 yards with three interceptions. Mason McGrauth made both receptions for 53 yards in the contest.
For Graettinger/Terril, Blaze Alesch would lead the offense with seven rushes for 123 yards and made four of five passes for 38 yards.
Austin Thompson made five carries for 90 yards and Kyle Dalen had seven carries for 57 yards while Trent Lundgren added five rushes for 43 yards.
Mitch Girres made two catches for 14 yards and Ethan Peterson and Marcus Girres both had receptions for the Knights.
Graettinger/Terril improves the season record to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in Eight Man District Two as they prepare to host defending state champion Armstrong-Ringsted on Friday night, while Ruthven-Ayrshire falls to 1-1 in the District and 1-3 overall as they prepare to play West Bend-Mallard in Ruthven on Friday night.