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No. 9 Knights take on No. 6 Eagles

By Staff | Sep 11, 2009

GRAETTINGER – Two games, two wins-most coaches couldn’t ask for much more.

“So far I’ve been pleased with how hard the kids have played and given 100 percent effort,” said Graettinger/Terril coach Karlton Hector. “We’ve had both good and bad practices, but we’ve been focused come game time.”

Tonight the Knights open district play against one of the toughest teams in the state-at least by rankings.

North Sentral Kossuth, rated sixth in the Associated Press Poll and seventh in the Radio Iowa Poll, hasn’t allowed a point this season with a 52-0 win over Ventura and a 58-0 win over Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.

The Knights will try to be the first to put points on the board as they travel to Fenton.

“NSK returns quite a few good athletes,” said Hector. “From the film, they’re one of the hardest hitting and most physical teams. We know we’ll have to be ready for them.”

Hector said the Eagles run “unbalanced stuff” so the defense will need to line up correctly.

“They’re a power team and run right at you,” he said.

If the ground game wasn’t enough, NSK also returns a top receiver in Brock Beadle.

“We have to play good team defense with no mental mistakes,” Hector said.

The coach said the Knights are continuing to work on improving the little things-like blocking.

“Offensively we know what we can do,” Hector said. “We just have be prepared mentally and put together some drives.”