Remsen-Union 29, Graettinger/Terril 22
REMSEN – Often the close games are the ones that hurt more.
That was the case in Graettinger/Terril’s substate 29-22 loss to Remsen-Union on Wednesday.
“It was a well-fought game-back and forth as you can see by the scoring,” said G/T coach Karlton Hector. “They were just able to come up with a few more big plays and they converted a lot of third downs.
“It’s frustrating because we had the feeling we should’ve won.”
Remsen-Union struck first to take a 6-0 lead, but a 1-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Jake Hoffman and kick by Morton Utoft put the Knights ahead 7-6 after one quarter of play.
The Rockets took the lead in the second score, 12-7, but again Graettinger/Terril answered.
This time quarterback Cody Dyhrkopp ran the ball in from 2 yards out and the Knights led 14-12.
However, the Rockets added a field goal with time winding down in the first half to lead 15-14.
In the second half, Graettinger/Terril retook the lead when Drew Skattebo ran the ball in from 7 yards on their first drive. Dyhrkopp connected with Kass Schany on the two-point conversion pass for a 22-15 Knight lead.
Remsen-Union tied the game with a touchdown in the third and scored early in the fourth to lead for good.
The Knights were driving late in the game, but had a dropped pass in the end zone on fourth down.
Hoffman led the Knights with 83 yards rushing while Skattebo had 46 and Dyhrkopp had 39.
Seniors playing in their final high school game were Jake Hoffman, Kass Schany, James Tatman, Kyle Brown, Tanner Gunderson, Garrett Henricksen, Matt Masters and Dalton Park.
“We don’t pick captains. We just tell the seniors they’re in charge,” said Hector. “They set the tone this season in practice and for the week’s games. We could’ve gone 2-7, but we won some of the close games that we haven’t in the past.
“They showed the younger guys how hard you have to play and practice every week.”