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Another big test for Knights

By Staff | Oct 3, 2008

GRAETTINGER – The Graettinger/Terril football team will get its second biggest test of the season tonight when the Knights host Laurens-Marathon.

The Chargers, one of three teams in 8-Man District 1 which dropped down from Class A this season, have quietly put together a 5-0 record this season.

Although Laurens-Marathon hasn’t played a rated team this season, the Chargers are rated eighth in both the Des Moines Register and Radio Iowa polls and No. 10 in the Associated Press poll.

Graettinger/Terril coach Karlton Hector, whose team has played three ranked teams this season, said the Chargers are worthy of their rating.

“They have a lot of seniors-15 or 16-and from the tape it appears they have good size and good speed,” he said. “They also have a big running back they like to pound at you, but they also have athletes they’ll throw too.

“While they haven’t played a top team yet, I’d put them up there with A-R and NSK,” said Hector.

The Knights started the season playing three consecutive ranked opponents and went 2-1, losing to then No. 2 North Sentral Kossuth to open district play.

However, Graettinger/Terril started poorly in the 26-12 loss to the Eagles and since have worked on coming out with intensity.

“We’ll use this week to see if we can come out right away with the intensity we’ve had the last two weeks,” said Hector. “This will be a scale to show where we’re at in terms of improvement.”

As usual, the Knights will look to establish the run first and if they can do that against a good team, “then we’ll be OK,” the coach said.

“Defensively, we have to make sure everyone stays home and just does their job like the team has the last couple weeks. We’ll need to play a great game for a win and that’s what we’ll try to do.”