The Bombers got off their season-opening losing skid in a big way last week, winning five of their six matches, including going 3-1 in tournament play.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Bombers hosted East Central, handing the Eagles a convincing 3-0 loss by scores of 25-11, 25-11, 25-20. Two days later, the Bombers repeated those results by downing Isle, also by a 3-0 score.
The team’s busy schedule continued with a trip to Hill City for their tournament on Saturday, Sept. 14. There, the Bombers’ success continued as they rattled off victories in three of their four matches. Braham got 2-0 wins over McGregor and Northland, along with a 2-1 win over Duluth Marshall. Their only loss of the tournament came at the hands of Bagley, who topped Braham 2-1.
Braham made the short trip to the east for their annual battle with rival Rush City on Friday, Sept. 13, where the luck was with the visitors as the Bombers came out on top of the Tigers 20-16.
After spotting Rush City an 8-0 lead in the first quarter, Braham collected all the points they needed in the second and third quarters. Braham’s scoring started with a Hayden Lee 9-yard pass to Luke Bendickson halfway through the second quarter. Bendickson followed that up with a 7-yard touchdown run with just 25 seconds left before halftime.
Bendickson scored Braham’s final touchdown of the game on the first offensive play of the second half, dashing 57 yards for the score.
Rush City narrowed the gap to four points early in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer the rest of the game.
The Braham cross country team also had a short bus ride last week, traveling north to compete in the Mora Invitational.
There, the Bombers saw top competition, with the boys placing last among 15 teams. The girls didn’t field a complete squad, so they did not receive a team score.
Individually, Kevin Laman placed 82nd for the boys and Leah Wickeham was the top girls finisher, coming in 59th.