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Football: Agates rout Eveleth-Gilbert

Two Harbors senior Spencer Ross tries to turn the corner against Eveleth-Gilbert's Gavin Maki in the Agates' 54-8 win Wednesday. (Photo by Steve Van Kekrix)

Two Harbors senior Spencer Ross ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the Agates 54-8 rout of Eveleth-Gilbert Wednesday in Two Harbors.

Mason Meyer joined Ross in going for more than 100 yards, gaining 113 yards on six carries and scoring on a 20 yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Agate backs combined to run for more than 300 yards in the game and seven touchdowns against Eveleth-Gilbert.

Ross got the scoring started with a one yard touchdown run with 6:46 to play in the first quarter, but the Agates next drive ended with quarterback Ryan Darsow throwing an interception in the Eveleth-Gilbert endzone to end the second Two Harbors drive.

"They started out sluggish and we had to get them motivated to correct things," Coach Tom Nelson said. "They gotta do their job up front and then they need to run hard. It's that whole thing of you've got to put everything together. We need guys blocking, running hard and holding on to the ball."

Two Harbors took the opening kick of the second half 65 yards that culminated in a 20 yard touchdown run by Mason Meyer.

After another Golden Bear punt, Ross struck from seven yards out with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter. Ross's touchdown started a sequence where the Agates would score three touchdowns in under two minutes.

Nelson is happy with where his team is at the end of the regular season and how the team has played since a disappointing 7-0 loss to Esko in the third week of the season.

"I feel good about where we're at. I think we got kind of a pep in our step right now and that's good," he said. "A lot of that comes from our mental refocusing after the Esko game. Even after that Esko game we were kind of sluggish and the boys took it upon themselves to refocus mentally and ever since they've been rolling."

Two Harbors (7-1) will have to wait to find out when and where they will play in the Section 7AAA playoffs. Esko will be the top seed in the tournament and earned a first round bye and Proctor topped North Branch Wednesday 23-14 and could jump in front Two Harbors in the standings. Despite two losses, the Rails could leapfrog the Agates based on strength of schedule.

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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