Bombers win big on Homecoming, Jackets clipped by Magic
Braham lit up the brand-new Froyen Field scoreboard in a 57-20 victory over Aitkin on Bomber Homecoming night Sept. 30. Tyler Vaughan rushed for 147 yards and 3 TD, along with completing 11-of-12 passes for 169 yards.
Aitkin actually cracked the scoreboard first after gathering a touched punt inside Braham territory and completing a 4th-and-18 pass for a TD. But two plays later Vaughan bobbed and weaved on a 58-yard scoring run around the right end as Braham regained an 8-7 edge. Still in the first quarter, Shaun Hollencamp hauled in a 35-yard bomb which set up Vaughan’s 5-yard TD run. Then on Aitkin’s next play, Hollencamp intercepted a pass in the flats and flew 42 yards to make it 22-7 Bombers.
Braham recovered a Gobbler fumble on the next possession, and Cory Ambrose finished off the short drive with an 11-yard scoring run. The Bombers took a 44-7 lead into halftime when Hollencamp added a 7-yard TD run and Vaughan scored from a yard out with :03 left in the second quarter. Ambrose tallied the final Braham scores with an 8-yard run and a 67-yard punt return.
Braham out-gained the Gobblers 393-108 in total yardage. Picking off passes along with Hollencamp were Vaughan, Cam Braund and Ambrose.
More Great Polar Blue scores: Pine City 50, Two Harbors 14 * Crosby-Ironton 28, Rush City 20 * Hinckley-Finlayson 14, Duluth Marshall 12
Monticello 20, Cambridge-Isanti 17
The host Magic kept the Bluejackets winless at 0-5 by scoring on a 34-yard run with 6:40 to play and holding on. Monti opened the game with a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Bluejackets began fighting back when Clayton Jennissen and Trent Chromy scored on 1-yard runs to tie the game at 14-14. Josh Rouse nailed a 24-yard field goal three minutes into the fourth quarter to push C-I ahead 17-14. Cole Bakke led the Jacket offense with 119 yards rushing on 20 carries. Chance Laidly’s 11.5 tackles (2.5 for loss) led the defense.
More Mississippi 8 scores: Becker 49, Elk River 48 * St. Michael-Alb. 14, Buffalo 6 * Rogers 36, Sartell 18 * Big Lake 38, Princeton 22