FOURward Progress: Dragons Dominate Agates on Homecoming
The rain was constant, the temperatures were brutal, and the field looked liked a pigsty, and yet, the Pine City Dragons offense marched up and down the field with ease, Friday, in their win over Two Harbors (2-3). The Dragons improve to 4-1 with the 22-7 win on Homecoming night and have won four in a row since dropping the season opener.
Pine City kicked off and stopped the Agates on a fourth and two at their own 45 yard line on the first series of the game. The Dragons then methodically took the ball 65 yards in an over six minute drive for the game’s first score.
Quarterback Nate Wendorf punched the ball in from a yard out and Adam Olson ran in the two point conversion to give Pine City and early 8-0 lead. The Agates put together an impressive drive of their own on the next drive. They went 64 yards and scored a five-yard td to cut the lead to one, 8-7.
On the ensuing possession, Pine City faced a 3rd and 16 and offensive coordinator Nate Fort decided that instead of playing it safe, he was going to let his junior quarterback Wendorf put his strong arm to work. Wendorf sold a pitch to the left like a cunning car salesman, the defense bit, and when he rolled out to the right he saw one-on-one coverage against senior wide receiver Mike Schmidt. Schmidt pulled down the pass after getting a step on the Agates’ defender. He then carried the defensive back for five yards for a 55 yard touchdown.
Wendorf said of the touchdown pass, “The wind helped a little. I didn’t think it was going to get there, but it was a heck of a catch by [Schmidt] and to break the tackle at the end.”
Adam Olson tacked on his second two point conversion run of the night and the Dragons took a 16-7 lead into the half.
Pine City muffed the second half kickoff when Olson slipped and Two Harbors fell on the short kick. But the Dragons defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Agates on fourth down.
Olson, who had over-2oo yards in back to back games, was held to just 30 yards in the first half. In the second half, he introduced the Agates to his speed and power, highlighted by a 54-yard score in the third.
“It was slippery and I slowly got down the field, but I got there,” Olson said.
Olson led a five-man Pine City rushing attack with 106 yards on 12 carries. Brennan Roberts had one of his best games with 10 carries for 50 yards. Roberts was the catalyst for Pine City’s opening scoring drive. Taylor Gonyea, Eric Osterdyk and Michael Hansmann also ran the ball well for the Dragons.
The Dragons defensive line bent but never broke. The Agates moved the ball into Pine City territory often, but when they knocked on the door step, the Dragons shut the door.
Two Harbors senior running back Ryan Guentzel led the Agates with 99 yards on 20 carries.
Olson said, “It was nice to get the win with the weather and keep everybody healthy.”
Pine City now heads on the road for the next two games against Aitkin and Crosby-Ironton. The Dragons are 2-0 away from home this year.
Prior to the game, the Pine City Music Boosters held their 2nd annual Homecoming Tailgate Party. The money raised helps support the Music Boosters who, among other work, give scholarships to Pine City students pursing interests in music.