Two Harbors’ senior Garrett Jordahl caught a 27-yard touchdown pass with about 6 minutes to play, but the Agates couldn’t put together another scoring drive and fell at home to Proctor 10-6 in the first round of the Section 7AAA playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The Agates managed just 90 yards rushing in the game and completed just three passes for 58 yards in the game, including Jordahl’s score.
Both teams struggled to score on a damp, chilly night where field conditions were wet, but Two Harbors coach Tom Nelson said the field conditions weren’t as big a problem for the Agates as mistakes.
The Agates had three turnovers in the game and had a number of penalties that stalled drives.
“We talked about ball security — that was a huge one — we couldn’t turn the ball over and we did,” Nelson said. “We struggled moving them at the line of scrimmage, especially in the first half, and then penalties. We said we had to be disciplined and not have penalties affect us and they did. There were a couple of times we did have a couple of decent gainers and then all of a sudden they’d be called back.”
Proctor set the stage early by stopping the Agates (5-4) on their first offensive possession and forcing a 13-yard punt.
The Rails then ran Lindberg five consecutive times down to the Agates’ 14 to set up Ben Harnell’s 31-yard field goal.
On the next drive, the Rails blocked a punt to set up shop at the 9-yard line. Two plays later, Lindberg went off tackle from the 5 and muscled his way into the end zone.
The Rails recovered a fumble and forced two three-and-out drives to hold on to their 10-0 lead at halftime.
The Rails played more conservatively on offense in the second half, knowing the defense was holding the Two Harbors rushing attack in check.
The Agates finally scored four plays after a successful fake punt on fourth-and-6. Cole Komarek connected with Jordahl for the Agates’ only score with 6:21 left in the game.
The Rails consumed the next four minutes of clock and the defense came through again on the Agates’ final possession.
Next season, Two Harbors will need to replace its top two running backs — seniors Sam Johnson and Karsen Holm —but the Agates were a very young team offensively. All five starting offensive linemen for the majority of the year were sophomores, meaning the Two Harbors line gained valuable experience and is largely set for the next two seasons.
“We were young. That was something we had to deal with, but I think it will make it better in the end,” Nelson said. “Obviously, those young kids got a heck of a lot of experience and that’s going to help us down the line ... It’s pretty rare when you can we’re bringing back our five starters the next two years. But we’ve got to get better. If we stay the same, we’re not going to see improvement next year and we aren’t going to get where we want to be.”
Two Harbors 0-0-0-6—6
P — Ben Harnell 31 field goal
P — Trevor Lindberg 5 run (Harnell kick)
TH — Garrett Jordahl 27 pass from Cole Komarek (kick blocked)