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.