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Staying focused

By Staff | Oct 17, 2008

GRAETTINGER – After playing tough against several rated teams this season, Graettinger/Terril’s biggest challenge this week is staying focused as Ruthven-Ayrshire (0-7) comes to town for the Knights’ homecoming.

“Homecoming presents a lot of distractions and players can get tired going all week long,” said Graettinger/Terril coach Karlton Hector. “This presents its own challenge. It’s easy to look at a team’s record and take a week off mentally. But we’re working to stay sharp, both mentally and physically.”

The visiting Raiders have struggled this season-shut out three times this year and scoring just once in three other games. Their biggest point-total came in a 74-20 loss to North Sentral Kossuth.

“They’re still a varsity team with just as many kids as we have,” said Hector. “We have to come out ready to play. There’s too many times when you overlook a team like this.”

Hector said the Raiders like to spread out their offense and also have big backs that like to pound the ball up the middle.

The Knights’ pass defense has been suspect at times this season, but the coach said he saw improvement in that area last week.

“We just need to keep playing the team defense we have all year long,” he said.