No. 5 A-R 42, G/T 21: Mustangs pull away from Knights
GRAETTINGER – The Graettinger/Terril Knights proved they could play with No. 5 Armstrong-Ringsted as the two teams battled to a 14-14 score at halftime.
But the Mustangs scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter and two more in the fourth while the Knights just once in the 42-21 A-R victory.
As expected, both teams ran the ball effectively with each rushing for over 300 yards.
The Mustangs proved a little more efficient with their passing. Although Ridge Christiansen just had four completions, three went for touchdowns-a 6-yarder to Travis Hantelman, a 36-yarder to Tyler Tonderum and a 57-yarder to Tanner LaBore.
G/T’s Cody Dyhrkopp completed just two passes, but neither went for touchdowns.
Slugging it out toe-to-toe in the first half, host the Knights had the first break of the game, jumping on the ball after Tyler Tonderum fumbled on the second play from scrimmage.
Three plays later, Jake Hoffman rumbled in from 34-yards out. The Morton Utoft kick gave the Knights a 7-0 lead.
A-R promptly drove straight down the field also, but Graettinger/Terril’s defense made a stand at the 2-yard line.
The Knights started to drive again, but this time they fumbled the ball before the end of the first quarter.
A-R was knocking on the door to start the second quarter with quarterback Ridge Christiansen scoring on a 2-yard run. The Ethan Eisenbacher tied the game at 7-7.
The Mustangs got the ball back again and this time went to the air as Christiansen connected on a 36-yard strike. Eisenbacher’s kick gave them a 14-7 edge.
Graettinger/Terril responded immediately, driving from the 15-yard line with Hoffman scoring on a 6-yard run. Utoft’s kick tied the game at 14-14 and that was the score at halftime.
The Knights started with the ball in the second half and drove deep in A-R territory, but penalties pushed G/T back.
A-R’s first drive of the second half didn’t take long as Tonderum broke free on a 45-yard run.
A-R go the ball back again Christiansen hit LaBore for the 57-yarder as the Mustangs took a 27-14 lead.
Graettinger/Terril had one more gasp as Hoffman scored his third touchdown from 10 yards out early in the fourth quarter.
But the rest of the game was all A-R.
Christiansen connected with Hantelman to push the lead to 35-21.
The Knights drove one more time late in the game, but LaBore picked off the pass.
Moments later, the Mustangs scored on a 15-yard run by Christiansen.
The Mustangs rushed for 327 yards led by Christiansen with 162 and Tonderum with 157.
Besides his three touchdown passes, Christiansen had one pass to Seth Anderson for 13 yards.
For the Knights, Hoffman had 203 yards on 31 carries. Drew Skattebo had 55 yards on nine carries and Dyhrkopp had 49 yards on nine carries.
Cody Hantelman led the defense with 13 tackles while Tigges, Tonderum and LaBore each had 11 tackles.
A-R (8-1, 6-1) awaits to see who its playoff opponent will be next Wednesday as does Graettinger/Terril (6-3, 4-3).