Braham scored 37 unanswered points, including 24 in a span of 5:06, to blow away Pine City 51-24 in the Bombers’ Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 27. Braham is now 5-0 on the season and maintained its one-game lead over Aitkin in the GPFA Blue Division standings.
Pine City put together a good drive late in the first half, and Mitchell Hansmann’s throws and 3-yard TD run had the Dragons leading 12-8. But Braham answered right back when Elijah Overton’s 41-yard kick return set the offense up in PC territory, and Noah Bone hauled in a 25-yard TD pass from John Larson with 15 seconds for a 14-12 lead at the break.
The Dragons opened the second half with a long drive, but Overton recovered a fumble in the end zone. Bone’s 1-yard TD catch finished off that 80-yard Braham drive. PC then fumbled on the next two kickoffs, with Bone scoring on a 10-yard pass and Larson running in a 24-yard TD as the Braham lead grew to 32-12. Sonny Foote’s interception and long return then led to a 22-yard TD catch by Tristan Marthaler just into the fourth quarter. Overton later scored on a 4-yard TD run, and brother Solomon Overton ran in the last Braham TD on a 2-yard run when the reserves took the field in front of the large Homecoming crowd.
Larson finished the evening with 189 passing yards and five touchdowns (Zach Dahlman caught Braham’s first TD on an 11-yard play for the 8-6 lead in the first quarter). Larson also led on the ground with 112 yards on 15 carries. Dahlman had 94 receiving yards, and Bone finished with 67 yards.
“It’s very good to get the win on Homecoming night,” said senior linebacker/right tackle & captain Alex Sutton. “We came in at halftime and decided to make some changes. John played a great second half, and our offensive line responded well. Those three turnovers – two coming from special teams– really helped us, too.”
GPFA Blue Football: Braham 4-0, 5-0; Aitkin 3-1, 4-1; Crosby-Ironton 1-1, 2-3; Pine City 1-2, 1-4; Hinckey-Fin. 0-2, 1-4; Rush City 0-3, 1-4.
Mississippi 8 Football: Blue Div.: Rogers 4-0, 5-0; St. Michael-Alb. 2-0, 5-0; St. Francis 2-2, 3-2; Cambridge-Isanti 1-2, 3-2; Buffalo 0-2, 1-4; Duluth East 0-3, 0-5. Red Div.: Chisago Lakes 3-0, 4-1; Monticello 3-0, 4-1; Princeton 2-2, 3-2; North Branch 1-1, 2-3; Big Lake 0-3, 0-5; Duluth Denfeld 0-3, 0-5.