Braham beats Rangers, hosts Pine City for Homecoming

Braham football stayed perfect on the season at 4-0 after holding host Crosby-Ironton in check during a 30-12 road win Sept. 20.

A scoreless first quarter set the stage for the Bombers’ first score when quarterback John Larson linked up with Noah Bone on a 25-yard strike. Tristan Marthaler added a two-point reception for a 8-0 advantage.

Braham kept up the pressure with a late drive in the first half, capped when Quinn Richmond collected a seven-yard TD toss from Larson with 19 seconds to go. Zach Dahlman added the two-point catch for a 16-0 Braham lead at the break.

Midway through the third quarter, the Bombers made it 22-0 when Larson ran in a five-yard touchdown. The lead extended to 30-0 just into the fourth quarter when Dahlman and Larson connected on a 50-yard bomb, and Dahlman tacked on a two-point conversion catch.

The Knights cracked the scoreboard with a touchdown at the 2:34 mark in the final quarter, and scored again with 24 seconds left in the game.

Larson finished with 180 yards passing on a 13-for-18 night, and Elijah Overton led the ground attack with 95 yards on 12 carries. Both Larson and Randy Braund collected interceptions in the conference win. Alex Sutton again led the Bomber defense  with 15 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss. Dahlman and Drake Held were next with nine tackles each.

Next up for the Bombers is the Sept. 27 Homecoming game with rival Pine City. The Dragons’ lone win of the season came in a 35-14 game with Rush City in Week 2. Last week, Aitkin slipped past PC 20-19.

A Bomber win on Friday night would keep the momentum rolling toward the game at undefeated Barnum the following Friday  night in what will be a key Section 7A preview match.

Braham 30, Crosby-Ironton 12

BR Cr-Ir

First downs 16 18

Rushing 28/17     49/297

Passing 16/13/0  10/5/2

Passing Yds 180 48

Total Yds 350 345

Bomber Individual Stats

Rushing: Overton 12/95; Larson 7/69, TD; Foote 5/11.  Passing: Larson 16/13/0- 180 yds, 3 TD.  Receiving: N.Bone 4/84, TD; Dahlman 2/51, TD; Richmond 6/38, TD; Overton 1/9. Tackles: Sutton 15, Dahlman 9, Held 9, Braund 8, Clemmer 8, Larson 6, Overton 5, Richmond 5. Kicking: Larson 3 punts 27.3 avg; Johnson 1 punt 28 yds.

GPFA Blue Football: Braham 3-0, 4-0; Aitkin 2-1, 3-1; Pine City 1-1, 1-3; Crosby-Ironton 0-1, 1-3; Hinckey-Fin. 0-1, 1-3; Rush City 0-2, 1-3.