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A homecoming victory

September 21, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

GRAETTINGER - Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire earned its first victory of the season in a big way against CAL-Latimer on Friday.

The Titans jumped out to a 32-0 first-quarter lead and cruised to a victory over the Cadets.

CAL (Coulter-Alexander-Latimer) started its opening drive on the 18-yard line, but two sacks and a short gain later had to punt on fourth-and-20.

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GT/RA’s Zach Chicoine tackles CAL’s Andrew Quinones for a loss during the Titans’ Homecoming in Graettinger on Friday.
EDN photo by David Swartz

GT/RA had a holding penalty on the ensuing punt return, but still faced first and 10 at the Cadet 30. A few plays later, Carter Williamson bulled his way in from 16 yards out. Kyle Dalen ran in the two-point conversion as the Titans led 8-0 with 9:16 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cadets again went three-and-out on their second drive.

This time a Titans' penalty forced them to start at their own 15.

But GT/RA needed just six plays Dalen taking the ball across the goal line on a 3-yard run with 5:36 remaining. The two-point conversion failed.

The Titan's next drive started at the Cadet 27-yard line after the return by Blaze Alesch. Alesch took the ball to the 9-yard line on his first carry and Williamson went 8 yards on the first carry and 1-yard on the next as GT/RA led 20-0 with 2:48 remaining in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Williamson tore the ball out of the Cadet player's hands as the Titans took over on the 8-yard line. Alesch looked to pass on the next play, but found open space as he took the ball in himself.

The Cadets opened their next drive at the 23-yard line and quarterback Taylor Rapp romped 10-yards for a first down. But CAL then fumbled on the next play giving the Titans the ball at the 25-yard run. After the Cadets stopped Dalen on a 1-yard run, Williamson followed with a 24-yard touchdown run. The extra-point kick was blocked, but the hosts led 32-0.

Early in the second quarter, Garrett Parker returned a punt 60 yards for a score with Mason McGrauth adding the kick. That came with 11:49 left in the half.

With GT/RA playing with their reserves, the visitors finally scored with 3:30 on a 15-yard run.

But GT/Ra answered with a 75-yard kickoff return by Alesch.

The Cadets scored again before half on a 27-yard pass play and then completed the two-point conversion.

On the ensuing kickoff, McGrauth returned the ball 70 yards for the score with 42 seconds left on the clock. He then added the extra point as the Titans led 53-14 at the break.

In the second half the lone score came on a 78-yard pass from Lane Reiman to Marcus Girres with 4:45 left in the game.

The Titans only had 199 yards on the ground. Williamson had 81 yards on seven carries. Alesch had 73 yards on four carries. Dalen had 19 yards on four carries.

Defensively, Williamson snagged to fumbles. Victor Hand grabbed one. Tyler Hoffman had an interception. Zach Chicoine had two sacks while Kyle Long, Cody Thompson and Kyler Dose each had one.

GT/RA (1-3 overall) is on the road against Newell-Fonda next Friday.



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