In a very offensive-minded game that featured almost 800 yards between the two teams, Braham fell to Hinckley-Finlayson 41-32.
Braham actually held the lead at 20-19 going into halftime before the Jaguars rattled off 22 points to Braham’s 12 in the second half.
After an H-F touchdown started the scoring in the game, Braham responded with a pair of Hunter Giffrow touchdown runs of 3 and 7 yards. H-F retook the lead with a pair of touchdown passes of their own, but Braham secured the halftime lead on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Giffrow to Hunter Richmond with only 22 seconds left.
The Jaguars took the lead for good with another pair of third quarter touchdowns runs, both from 5 yards out to make the score 34-20. But Braham cut the lead in half with a Giffrow-to-Jacob Lindgren 21-yard connection with15 seconds left in the third, making the score 34-26 after three.
Braham made the game even closer early in the fourth quarter as Grant Wilsey ran for a 17-yard score. Another failed 2-point conversion (Braham was only 1-5 on 2-point conversion attempts) prevented the Bombers from tying the score at 34.
H-F then put the game away with a 10-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left in the game, making for the 41-32 final.
This game may very well decide the top seed in section 7A, meaning the two teams could wind up meeting again in the section finals.
Next up for Braham is a “home” game against East Central on Friday, Oct. 7, in Rush City.
The Bombers bounced back with a pair of 3-0 home victories over Milaca and then Hinckley-Finlayson last week.
Against Milaca, the Bombers were paced by Emily Lindquist’s 9 kills, followed closely by Kaylie Paitl, with 8 kills.
Against H-F, it was again Linduist leading the way in offense with 12 kills and she also added 10 ace serves to her point total. Defensively, Amelia Fiedler came up with 16 digs. Setter Lizzie Altendorf came away with 18 assists in both of the matches.