Knights take down No. 6 Rockets
GRAETTINGER – Playing its second rated opponent in consecutive weeks evidently didn’t bother Graettinger/Terril too much.
After knocking off Aurelia a week ago, the Knights took down Remsen-Union, rated No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, 16-8 on Friday.
“It’s a great win for us, beating another rated team, but we still have things to work on,” said G/T coach Karlton Hector. “Our district will be very tough.”
The Knights (2-0) will open district play against North Sentral Kossuth, rated No. 3 in the AP poll.
Friday’s win was all about defense for the Knights.
Except for a 65-yard strike through the air in the fourth quarter, the Knights held Remsen-Union to 121 yards rushing.
With the 65-yard pass play, the Rockets did end the night with 134 yards through the air.
“Defensively, we shut down the run pretty well,” said Hector. “If we go for the tackle instead for the interception, maybe they don’t get that pass either.”
Hector credited his defensive backs-corners Taylor Harris and Jeremiah Andrews along with free safety Cody Dyhrkopp-for playing better pass coverage than the first week.
Offensively, the Knights went behind workhorse Jake Hoffman who had 172 yards on 28 carries.
However, Drew Skattebo scored first for the Knights on a 25-yard run with 6:23 in the first quarter. Skattebo also ran in the two-point conversion. He ended the night with 95 yards on 19 carries.
G/T led 8-0 at halftime.
The Knights added an insurance score in the third quarter when Hoffman scored on a 14-yard run.
A Dyhrkopp pass to Kass Schany provided the two-point conversion and the 16-0 lead with 34 seconds remaining in the third period.
Remsen-Union scored with 7:02 in the final period with Collin Sonnichson making the catch from quarterback Josh Bohnenkamp. Bohnenkamp passed to Cody Leonard for the two-point conversion.
Schany caught three passes for 16 yards while Skattebo had two catches for 22 yards.
Dyhrkopp was 5-7 for 40 yards and one interception.
The Knights (2-0) host NSK next Friday.