The Braham Bombers suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of visiting Deer River by a score of 20-12.
Braham took an early lead in the game, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Hayden Lee. After the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, Braham led Deer River 6-0 just 18 seconds into the game.
After that, though, Deer River took over, scoring three consecutive touchdowns to make the score 20-6 at the end of the third quarter. Braham would narrow the gap with just over five minutes left to play on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Lee to Reed Riesing. But once again, the two-point conversion was no good.
Braham couldn’t get one last score in order to possibly tie the game up, making the final 20-12.
The Deer River defense held the Bombers, and specifically primary rusher Luke Bendickson in check, only yielding a total of 172 yards of offense.
The Bombers will look to bounce back as they travel way up north to take on North Woods this Friday.
Braham lost twice last week, but followed it up with a solid win to close it out.
On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Braham made the short trip to rival Rush City, falling to the Tigers 3-0. Braham couldn’t quite get any momentum going in the three sets, losing 15-25, 17-25, 20-25.
Two days later, Braham made a slightly longer trip, this time to Pine City to take on the Dragons. While the Bombers still wound up on the short end of the score, it was a much closer match-up as Braham took the Dragons to a deciding fifth set. Each of the five sets were decided by four or less points, with Braham taking the first two sets, but then allowing Pine City to rally for the win.
Back home against Oglivie on Tuesday, Sept. 24, Braham quickly dispensed of the Lions, winning 25-11, 25-11, 25-9.
Braham currently sits at a 6-9 overall record.
The Bombers headed over to the Milaca Mega Meet last Saturday, Sept. 21, competing as individuals in the massive race. Alison Shockman was the top finisher for the girls, coming in 86th among all freshman. For the boys, Kevin Laman came in 174th in the Division 4, small schools race.