Agates end season with loss against MLWRThe Two Harbors High School football team ended their season with a 48-7 loss against the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels last Thursday in the Section 7AA championship game at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
The Two Harbors High School football team ended their season with a 48-7 loss against the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels last Thursday in the Section 7AA championship game at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
Two Harbors started the game with a failed onside kick, and the Rebels needed only three plays to score on a 7-yard run by Chris Gassert. Four plays into the next possession, Gassert was in the end zone again with a 37-yard run.
After forcing a turnover, the Agates drove from their own 8-yard line to the Rebels’ 34 in 13 plays before Gassert stepped in front of a pass and returned it 68 yards to the end zone for a 20-0 lead. Four plays later, B.J. Young raced 65 yards with a punt return.
“They are so quick and fast,” Agates coach Tom Nelson said. “They probably have four or five kids who are faster than our fastest kid. They have so many weapons and can hit you in so many ways.”
Senior running back Cole Myrdal led Two Harbors with 93 yards on 21 carries, while Mike Nordean added 82 yards on 14 attempts.
“We moved the ball a little bit, but we kind of went back to our M.O. during the year, where we would move the ball and then shoot ourselves in the foot,” Nelson said. “But give Moose Lake credit because they stepped up in those pressure situations.”
The Agates eventually ended a 168-0 deficit to MLWR in the past three meetings when quarterback Kyle Omtvedt sneaked two yards for a touchdown.
Highlights for the Agates include Mydral’s pass reception for 13 yards, sophomore running back Mike Nordean rushed 14 times for 82 yards, and Omtvedt added 39 yards rushing on seven carries.
Mydral also lead the Agates defense with seven tackles. Other defensive highlights include junior linebacker Austyn Wasko’s five tackles, and junior defensive back Skylar Lysaker’s had three tackles and intercepted a Moose Lake pass in the first quarter. Senior defensive lineman Noah Alm, sophomore linebacker Mike Nordean, and freshman defensive back Alex Lemke all contributed four tackles each.
The Agates finished their season with a 5-6 record. “I am so proud of our entire team as these young men improved throughout the season and were a pleasure to coach,” Nelson said. “I could not have asked for a better group of student-athletes or assistant coaches to work with … just quality all the way around.”