Bombers get past Eagles for 7-0 record, aim for No. 1 seed for 7A playoffs

Braham survived five turnovers with a strong defensive effort while defeating East Central 22-8 Oct. 11. The Bombers are 7-0 heading into the Oct. 16 game at Hinckley-Finlayson.

Braham has clinched at least a share of the Great Polar Alliance Blue Division conference championship and can take the title outright with a road win over the Jaguars or an Aitkin loss against Crosby-Ironton. The Bombers are also seated in the No. 1 seed position for the Section 7A playoffs which begin Tuesday night, Oct. 22. They would host the No. 8 seed for the opener which is currently occupied by Cook County.

Against the Eagles at home Friday night, Braham cracked the scoreboard when John Larson found Zach Dahlman for a 10-yard scoring pass with 4:38 left in the first half. After a defensive stop, Larson snuck in a 1-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining for a 16-0 Bomber lead at the break.

The Bombers made it 22-0 midway through the third quarter when they finished off a drive with Tristan Marthaler’s 4-yard TD catch from Larson.

Braham 22, East Central 8

BR EC

First downs 13 8

Rushing 32/143 32/114

Passing 25/13/3 14/5/2

Passing Yds 114 31

Total Yds 257 145

Bomber Individual Stats: Rushing: Larson 20/101, TD; Foote 6/30; Overton 5/12. Passing: Larson 25/13/3- 114 yds, 2 TD. Receiving: Richmond 6/54; Dahlman 3/23, TD; Bone 2/22; Overon 1/11; Marthaler 1/4, TD. Tackles: Clemmer 8, Dahlman 7, Held 7, Larson 6, Smith 5, Overton 4, Eskuri 4, Richmond 4. Kicking: Larson 2 punts 33.0 avg.

GPFA Blue Football: Braham 4-0, 7-0; Aitkin 3-1, 5-2; Pine City 3-2, 3-4; Crosby-Ironton 3-2, 3-4; Rush City 1-4, 2-5; Hinckey-Fin. 0-4, 1-6.

Section 7A standings: Braham 7-0, Barnum 6-1, Deer River 4-3, East Central 3-4, Blackduck 3-4, Ogilvie 1-6, Walker-Hackensack 0-7, Cook County 0-7.

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