Football Playoffs: Braham No. 1 in 7A, C-I No. 7 in 8AAAAA

After hammering Rush City 54-14 Oct. 19, Braham not only clinched the GFPA Blue Conference championship but also locked in the No. 1 seed for this week’s Section 7A football playoffs.

The Bombers (7-1) get a bye for Tuesday night’s opening round; on Saturday, Oct. 29 (2 p.m.) they will host the winner of No. 4 Ogilvie (7-1) and No. 5 Barnum (5-2). In the other half of the brackets, No. 2 Deer River (7-1) hosts No. 7 East Central (1-6) and No. 3 Cook County (6-1) hosts No. 6 Mesabi East (2-5).

The Section 7A championship will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) at Duluth Public Schools Stadium.

Against the Tigers last Wednesday, Tyler Vaughan threw first-quarter touchdown passes to Shaun Hollemcamp, Cory Ambrose and Dylan Altendorf for a 21-6 lead. The Bombers led 41-6 at the half when Vaughan ran for two TDs and Ambrose sprinted on an 80-yard scoring run. In the second half, Vaughan (160 rushing yards) added a 35-yard TD run, and Braham closed its scoring on a 4-yard pass from Sam Stigen to Anthony Bias. Ambrose finished with 122 rushing yards and 106 receiving yards.

Cambridge-Isanti heads to Brainerd for playoffs

Bluejacket Football finished the regular season with a 20-0 loss at Mississippi 8 champ Rogers Oct. 19, locking the team into the No. 7 slot for this week’s Section 8AAAAA playoffs. Cambridge-Isanti (1-7) travels to No. 2 Brainerd (5-3) for the 7 p.m. quarterfinal game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

A victory against the Warriors would have the Jackets play either at No. 3 St. Cloud Tech (6-2) or No. 6 Buffalo (2-6) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. In the other bracket half, No. 1 seed Elk River (6-2) gets a Tuesday-night bye, awaiting the winner between No. 4 Moorhead (3-5) and No. 5 Duluth East (3-5). The 8AAAAA finals will be hosted Saturday, Nov. 5 (1 p.m.) at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium.

Last Wednesday, Rogers scored one touchdown in the first and fourth quarters, adding two field goals in between. The Royals out-gained C-I 368-48, including holding the Jackets to 8 yards passing and 2 total first downs. Cole Bakke was the top C-I ground-gainer with 25 rushing yards. Clayton Jennissen was in on 16.5 tackles, with Travis Holt (16 tackles), Chance Laidly (14.5 tackles), Bakke (13 tackles) and Ryan Epsen (11 tackles/1 interception) also getting a workout on defense.

  • steve

    What a shame the winningest program is state history has fallen to this level. The student athletes in the football prgoram deserve our best and I am not so sure they are getting it. Maybe its time our administration look at the decision makers and ask if they are capable of making decisions that effect our childrens’ experiences at school.

    How can a school like Cambridge Isanti be led to a 1-7 record? Is it an accident that we got there? An accident that in the last century we have never seen this happen before? One word folks-coaching. George Larson never would have had this under his watch. George Larson NEVER had this happen under his watch.