Bombers overcome Gobblers, improve to 2-0

Alex Sutton (left) and Quinn Richmond treat a Gobbler back like a wishbone while teaming for a tackle at Aitkin Sept. 6.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Alex Sutton (left) and Quinn Richmond treat a Gobbler back like a wishbone while teaming for a tackle at Aitkin Sept. 6. Photos by Greg Hunt

Braham picked up a hard-fought 20-14 GPFA Blue victory in front of a packed house at Aitkin Sept. 6, scoring its final touchdown with just 2:04 left in the battle.

The Bombers took advantage of a short field on its first possession after Zach Dahlman made two nice catches. Halfback Sonny Foote followed his blockers on a 6-yard run for his first varsity touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.

The Gobblers answered with a long kick return by Steve Schneider which set up Josh Martz’s 30-yard TD run. The propane cannon sounded again just three minutes later when Aitkin wideout Nick Blanchette hauled in a 35-yard scoring pass to push his team ahead 14-7.

Braham tied the game at 14-14 with 35.9 seconds left in the half when Dahlman scored on an 8-yard out from John Larson. That 80-yard drive was kept alive by Larson scrambling for 15 yards and Noah Bone later alertly recovering a fumble at the Aitkin 11 yard line.

After a grinding-out third quarter, Braham drove late for the win, capped by Larson finding Dahlman again on a 24-yard scoring reception.

Bomber sophomore Sonny Foote slipped through the hole provided by Jorgen Mankie (66) and Drake Held (54) to score his first varsity touchdown on a 6-yard run for a 7-0 Braham lead in the first quarter.

Bomber sophomore Sonny Foote slipped through the hole provided by Jorgen Mankie (66) and Drake Held (54) to score his first varsity touchdown on a 6-yard run for a 7-0 Braham lead in the first quarter.

“A big positive was our kids’ resiliency after Aitkin scored two quick TD’s in the first quarter. They just kept battling.  Football is such a huge game of momentum– it would have been easy to hang our heads and not have gained our composure, but our kids were pretty resilient,” said Bomber Coach Shawn Kuhnke. “Our offense ran nearly twice as many plays as Aitkin. Our guys took care of the ball, and we had some really nice drives. A big positive is that our defense continues to get better. We are committing ourselves to stopping the run, and we are getting better.”

Next up: Rival Rush City travels to Braham for the Sept. 13 GPFA Blue Division clash.

Braham 20, Aitkin 14

BR Aitkn

Rushing 36/151 26/111

Passing 24/15/1 7/3/1

Passing Yds 169 53

Total Yds 320 164

Bomber Individual Stats

Rushing: Larson 19/93; Foote 16/59, TD. Passing: Larson 24/15/1- 169 yds, 2 TD. Receiving: Dahlman 7/74, 2 TD; Richmond 6/69; N.Bone 2/26. Tackles: Dahlman 5, Braund 5 (sack), Richmond 5, Sutton 4, Larson 4. Kicking: Dahlman 2/3 X-pts; Larson 4 punt 19.3 avg.

GPFA Blue Football: Braham 1-0, 2-0; Pine City 1-0, 1-1; Crosby-Ironton 0-0, 1-1; Hinckey-Fin. 0-0, 1-1; Aitkin 0-1, 1-1; Rush City 0-1, 0-2.

Braham QB John Larson had a big offensive night in Aitkin with 169 passing yards and 93 more yards on the ground. He threw two TD passes to Zach Dahlman, the clincher coming with 2:07 remaining.

Braham QB John Larson had a big offensive night in Aitkin with 169 passing yards and 93 more yards on the ground. He threw two TD passes to Zach Dahlman, the clincher coming with 2:07 remaining.

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