EVELETH — The No. 1 seeded Two Harbors Agates put on a scoring show on Wednesday night, beating Eveleth-Gilbert in the final regular season for both teams.
“They look like a number one seeded team,” Golden Bears coach Sean Streier said. “They were tough on both sides of the ball.”
Two Harbors picked up a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter.
The first one came when they ran the ball down field and Ricky Benda found the end zone from a yard out.
Senior Ryan Nowacki kicked the first of his seven extra points to make it a 7-0 Agates lead.
Two Harbors made it 14-0 before the end of the opening quarter when Joey Marker ran it in from three yards out.
Nowacki added the extra point and it was 14-0 after one quarter of play.
The Agates lit the scoreboard up in the second quarter scoring three times and adding a field goal to grab a 38-0 halftime lead.
Jayden Ruberg caught a 42-yard TD pass from Cole Kamarek, Andrew Hulst ran one in from 23 yards, and Komarek found Sam Johnson with a 24 yard TD pass.
The Agates closed out the first half scoring with a Nowacki 25 yard field goal.
“That was not a good half for us,” Streier said. “You can’t do that against a team like Two Harbors.”
The Agates closed out their scoring in the third quarter when Johnson found the endzone from four yards out.
Nowacki kicked his seventh extra point of the contest and the Agates held a 45-0 lead.
Showing Two Harbors defensive dominance, the Golden Bears got their first new set of downs of the contest with 2:10 to play in the their quarter.
That seemed to pump the Golden Bears offense up a bit.
Eveleth-Gilbert ran the ball and when Two Harbors was looking for another Golden Bears running play, Beaudette found Joshua Creer-Oberstar with a 11-yard touchdown pass to break up the shut out.
Beaudette found Gavin Maki with the two point conversion to make it a 45-8 contest.
Neither team could score during the running time fourth quarter.
“We played much better in the second half,” Streier said. “Now we will have to wait and see who we match up with in the playoffs and come out and be ready to play solid football.”
Two Harbors 14 24 7 0 — 45
Eveleth-Gilbert 0 0 8 0 — 8
TH: Ricky Benna 1 run (Ryan Nowacki kick)
TH:Joey Marker 3 run (Nowacki kick)
TH: Jayden Ruberg 42 yard pass from Cole Komarek (Nowacki kick)
TH: Andrew Hulst 23 run (Nowacki kick)
TH: Komerek 24 pass to Sam Johnson (Nowscki kick)
TH: Nowacki 25 FG
TH: Johnson 4 run (Nowacki kick)
E-G Nick Beaudette 11 pass to Joshua Creer-Oberstar (Beaudette pass to Gavin Maki)
Braham 28,Mesabi East 20
At Braham, Mesabi East and Braham were knotted up at 20 in the fourth quarter, but a fourth-quarter, 85-yard touchdown drive by the Bombers put them over the top and gave the Giants the 28-20 loss.
The Giants spread out their running game Wednesday night with Gavin Skelton, Cole Meyer and Tyler Baribeau all picking up a rushing touchdown.
With the score tied at 20 in the final quarter, the Bombers went on an 85-yard march down the field and drained the clock in the process. With less than a minute to go, Ryan Roslin hit pay dirt from 13 yards out to put his team on top, 28-20, handing Mesabi East just their second loss of the season.
Josh James finished the contest with 15 carries for 73 yards, Gavin Skelton had 10 carries for 55 yards anda touchdown and Cole Meyer had 10 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Mesabi East (5-2) will now await their playoff opponent. First round playoffs are set for Tuesday and their matchup is still yet to be determined.
ME 6 8 6 0 — 20
BHS 0 8 12 8 — 28
ME — Gavin Skelton 2 run (run failed)
ME — Tyler Baribeau 25 run (Baribeau run)
BHS — Jacob Johnson 14 run (Johnson run)
ME — Cole Meyer 19 run (pass fail)
BHS — Ryan Roslin 5 run (pass fail)
BHS — Luke Bendickson 10 run (kick failed)
BHS — Roslin 13 run (Johnson run)