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Football: Two Harbors rebound against Pine City

Two Harbors senior Spencer Ross gained 160 yards on 28 carries and scored a touchdown in the Agates 21-13 victory Sept. 15 over Pine City, the first over the Dragons in Two Harbors program history.

"Spencer Ross ran very very hard," coach Tom Nelson said. "He had multiple carries where he got 2-5 yards after contact. He carried a lot of guys that night. I'm really impressed with how he ran."

Two Harbors' run game had a strong performance against the Dragons, gaining 281 yards in the game. Ryan Darsow got the scoring started in the second quarter when he connected with tight end Logan Loiselle for a rare 29 yard touchdown pass.

Pine City's Jake Luceford tied the score at 7-7 on a 31 yard touchdown run, but Ross ran another score in from six yards out to give the Agates a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Senior David Anderson scored on a six yard run in the third quarter to extend the lead to 21-7 headed into the fourth quarter.

Just before the end of the third quarter, the Dragons thought they had Two Harbors stopped with a fourth and 6 at the Pine City 47 yard line. The Agates ran a fake punt, snapping the ball directly to running back Chad Nordean who ran for 29 yards and a first down at the Dragon 18. Two Harbors missed a field goal, but they took valuable time off the clock and forced Pine City to drive more than 80 yards to score a late touchdown.

Nelson said he knew the defense was going to be athletic and talented this season, but their play has been crucial to Two Harbors early success.

"They definitely bent on Friday but they didn't break," he said. "Pine City went on a couple of long drives and didn't get any points out of them and that's the main goal, to keep points off of the scoreboard."

Two Harbors (3-1) will play Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday in Virginia.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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