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G-T, Woodbine both look to get through substate

By Staff | Oct 28, 2009

GRAETTINGER – Graettinger-Terril (7-2, 5-2) is the one 8-Man District 2 team that has played a District 1 opponent this season.

But the 40-6 Knights’ win in Week 2 doesn’t necessarily translate to an easy win over tonight’s opponent Woodbine (6-3, 5-2).

“We played so early in the year. Teams get better and you can never quite tell,” said G-T coach Karlton Hector. “Remsen-Union played tough physical football which is what the district plays too.”

Both teams are looking to get through substate after losing that game a year ago.

The Knights had a disappointing 29-22 loss to Remsen-Union while Woodbine lost 40-13 to North Sentral Kossuth.

“Last year we put up a good fight, but our goal is to get past that first substate game,” said Hector. “The long trip lends to more urgency.”

Hector sees a Woodbine team with good athletes and speed.

“They like to spread it out. The line can create time and the quarterback can throw it down field. It’s not something we see in our own district-Maybe a little bit from Harris-Lake Park,” Hector said. “Our defensive backs have done a good job this year though.”

Hector said his team is focused.

“If we come out and play a good ball game and don’t make too many mistakes, we should be okay,” he said.

Woodbine coach Jason Strong said his team took a while to figure out the best place for personnel this season.

“Both our guards were first-time starters,” Strong said. “Our quarterback has come a long way. We like to be a two-dimensional team. The last four-to five ball games we’ve really improved.”

Strong said they have a freshman tailback with good size and great speed with a knack for always going forward.

“Our passing isn’t what it was last year, but we do have capable receivers,” he said.

Two of the games they lost were by a point.

“Our district could’ve gone any number of ways,” he said. “We’ve had good senior leadership with Austin Hedstrom and Ryan Fouts each starting three or four years. They’ve really helped bring the young guys along.”

Strong said he feels good about his defense.

“We’ve played tough up front,” he said. “We need to control the run game the best we can and play mistake-free ball.”

He noted Graettinger-Terril out-muscled Remsen-Union in the early season game.

“They’re a good three seed. We know they’re very tough,” Strong said “(Nate) Howard is good and they have very good depth so it’s a challenge for us.

“It should be an exciting opening, physical game,” Strong said.