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Football: Hunters rock Agates in home opener

Steven Keech (52), Mason Meyer (82) and Cole Komarek combine for a tackle during the Agates 14-7 loss to Duluth Denfeld. (Photo by Steve VanKekrix)1 / 2
Two Harbors running back Joey Marker follows lead blocker Cameron Bugge during the Agates' 14-7 loss to Duluth Denfeld. Marker led the Agates with 63 yards rushing. (Jamey Malcomb/News-Chronicle)2 / 2

The Two Harbors defense allowed just nine first downs, three in the first half, against Duluth Denfeld, but the Agate running game never got going against the Hunters and turnovers proved costly in a 14-7 loss Aug. 30 in Two Harbors.

After a 41-14 trouncing last season in Duluth, the Hunters made their way up to Two Harbors with revenge on their minds and the opportunities came early for Denfeld.

Two Harbors quarterback Cole Komarek threw an interception on the Agates' first possession while still in their own territory and the Hunters quickly drove in for a score, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Dominic Klaas.

After a Two Harbors was forced to punt on the ensuring possession, Wrott Gerson found a seam on the return and went 71 yards to put the Hunters up 14-0 less than halfway through the first quarter.

The Two Harbors running game looked like it may have found a little rhythm late in the second half when the Agates drove down the field and scored on a 1-yard run by Mason Meyer, but after the break the Agates never really threatened again.

"Give them credit," Coach Tom Nelson said. "They have one of those defenses that can give us a little trouble at times because they have some size up front with some decent players, some athletic linebackers and some speed in their d-backs...That was a big game for them as you could see by the reaction at the end of the game. They came in, they really wanted that game."

Two Harbors received even more bad news following the game when senior Ricky Brenna learned he had broken a bone in his foot and will miss the rest of the regular season. Brenna, slated to be the Agates feature back in 2018, was hurt early in the Crosby-Ironton game and went down again early in the game against Denfeld.

Two Harbors (1-1) will play Esko at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Esko.

Duluth Denfeld 14-0-0-0—14

Two Harbors 0-7-0-0—7

DD — Dominic Klaas 1 run (kick failed)

DD — Wryott Gerson 71 punt return (Kade Shea pass to Eric Nelson)

TH — Mason Meyer 1 run (Jake VanKekrix 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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