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 touchdowns, along with completing 11-of-12 passes for 169 yards.
The win raised the Bombers’ Great Polar Blue record to 3-0 (5-0 overall) with two more conference games remaining (home against Crosby-Ironton Oct. 7 and Rush City Oct. 19).
The huge crowd in attendance saw Aitkin actually cracking 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. On that play, the offensive line did a great job sealing the corner to get Vaughan in the clear to the outside.
“I’ve been very pleased with the development of our line play. The guys continue to work hard in practice and further develop their fundamentals which transfers to great success on Friday nights,” said Bomber Coach Shawn Kuhnke, whose team cracked the top-10 at No. 7 in the Class A polls last week.
Still in the first quarter, the O-line gave Vaughan time to find Shaun Hollencamp on a 35-yard bomb down the left sideline which set up the QB’s 5-yard scoring 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 later added a 7-yard TD run, and Vaughan scored from a yard out with :03 on the clock.
Picking off passes along with Hollencamp were Vaughan, Cam Braund and Ambrose as the Bomber defensive front pursued Aitkin QB Nate Ehnstrom like a gobbler on Thanksgiving Day.
“A large part of our game plan versus Aitkin was to get pressure on the quarterback. We were telling our defensive ends and outside linebackers to ‘get to the QB!’ all week. They did, and as a result we forced Ehnstrom to make quick decisions which led to some interceptions,” noted Coach Kuhnke.
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. Hollencamp and Dylan Altendorf led receivers with 81 and 55 yards. Tackle leaders were Braund (6.5), Nick Hammond (5) and Nick Mattson (4.5).
GPFA Blue Div.
Braham 3-0, 5-0; Pine City 1-1, 4-1; Hinckley-Fin. 1-1, 3-2; Aitkin 1-1, 2-3; Crosby-Ironton 1-1, 2-3; Rush City 0-3, 0-5. Section 7A leaders: Braham 5-0, Ogilvie 5-0, Deer River 5-1, Barnum 4-1, Cook County 3-1.