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Football: Agates air it out in win

Two Harbors senior Jayden Ruberg makes an interception. Ruberg also had a touchdown reception in the win. (Photo courtesy of Steve VanKekrix)1 / 2
Two Harbors linebacker Andrew Hulst harrasses Crosby-Ironton quarterback Matthew Christopher during the Agates' 28-14 win Friday, Aug. 24. (Photo courtesy of Steve VanKekrix)2 / 2

Jayden Ruberg's season got off to a hot start Friday, Aug. 24, when the Two Harbors senior receiver and defensive back caught a touchdown pass and picked off a pair of Crosby-Ironton passes in the Agates' 28-14 season-opening win.

Two Harbors quarterback Cole Komarek connected with Ruberg and Joey Marker for touchdowns in the first half. Komarek hit Ruberg for an 83-yard strike late in the first quarter and connected with Marker late in the second from 26 yards out in his first start for the Agates.

It was an unusual start for coach Tom Nelson, who typically runs a double wing-style offense that relies on a powerful running game.

While two of the first three scores came through the air, the Agates still rushed for 218 yards and Komarek's touchdowns accounted for two of his three completions. Komarek finished 3-of-7 passing with 119 yards.

Marker led the Agates with 68 yards rushing and Wyatt Haugan had 65 yards on the ground and a touchdown. Dylan Barrick had 30 yards rushing to go with a 15-yard scoring run.

Defensively, the Agates held Crosby-Ironton in check on the ground, allowing just 28 yards on 21 carriers. Ranger quarterback Matthew Christopher was 9-for-20 passing for 194 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Andrew Hulst had seven tackles for Two Harbors, including a sack and forced fumble, which he then recovered.

Two Harbors was scheduled to open its home schedule Thursday, Aug. 30, against Duluth Denfeld. Results were unavailable by press time.

Two Harbors will begin Section 7AAA play at Esko on Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

Two Harbors...................7-14-7-0—10

Crosby-Ironton................0-0-0-14—20

TH — Cole Komarek 83 pass to Jayden Ruberg (Ryan Nowacki kick)

TH — Wyatt Haugan 1 run (Nowacki kick)

TH — Komarek 26 pass to Joey Marker (Nowacki kick)

TH — Dylan Barrick 15 run (Nowacki kick)

CI — Kale Dugan 1 run (Anthony Hudrlik kick)

CI — Dakota Mitchell 50 pass to Matthew Christopher (Hudrlik kick)

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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