Knights open district play against No. 3 Eagles
GRAETTINGER – How lucky can a team get-scheduling-wise that is.
For the first three games playing the 8-player format, the Graettinger/Terril football team gets a ranked opponent and the rating gets higher each week.
Through two weeks of the 2008 season, the Knights have been up to the challenge, defeating Aurelia and then Remsen-Union.
Today, G/T faces No. 3 North Sentral Kossuth.
The Eagles opened their season with a pair of relatively easy victories-a 39-8 win over Ventura and a 48-0 victory over Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.
G/T coach Karlton Hector said NSK probably has more speed than the Knights’ first two opponents.
“The first teams we played had size,” he said. “NSK runs to the outside and throws more often.”
With the easy victories, the Eagles probably haven’t dug as deep into their arsenal of weapons.
Coach Hector expects them to have saved a few new twists for district play.
“We look at this as a real measuring stick,” he said. “The first two teams we played were ranked in the pre-season poll which may not be a good indication. NSK won two games and maintained its rating.”
With the start of district play, Hector said these games take on added importance of the top teams qualifying for the plaoffs.
“We’re eager to take on this challenge,” he said.
Hector said last week that he’d like to remain under the radar for a while longer, but two wins definitely put them on the map.
“We still feel we’re the underdog though,” he said. “So many other teams have a lot more experience (at the 8-man game).”
“Right now we’re playing great team football and we have 2-4 guys we can rely on.
“Fortunately we’ve been playing solid football in the first two weeks and not making mistakes,” he added.
Hector said the key is to not let the Eagles’ speedy athletes out in the open and continue ball control.
“We’ve been able to that without turning the ball over or making mistakes,” he said.