The 2019 Braham Bombers football season surprisingly came to a crashing end during the Section 7A finals on Friday, Nov. 1, in Esko.
What was believed to be a close contest between two teams who have been on an offensive roll as of late turned into a lopsided Bombers defeat at the hands of #1 seed Deer River by a score of 36-0. The two teams had battled it out earlier in the season, with the Warriors edging Braham 20-12.
The story was quite different for the section finals. Deer River controlled every aspect of the game, racking up 326 total yards, compared to allowing only 149 yards for the Bombers, including a mere 28 yards rushing.
Deer River scored twice in the first quarter and once each in the other three to pull away from Braham. Meanwhile, their defense wouldn’t let Braham get any momentum going, allowing the Bombers to reach no closer to the endzone than Deer River’s 31-yard line.
Individually, Deer River contained Braham workhorse Luke Bendickson to just 44 yards rushing on 10 carries as Braham was forced into a passing offense in an attempt to play catchup. Quarterback Haydon Lee made 23 attempts, completing 12 of them for 121 yards.
The loss ends Braham’s season with a 9-2 overall record, with both losses being to the Warriors. Deer River now advances to the Class A state quarterfinals, where they face #1 state-ranked BOLD in Brainerd on Saturday, Nov. 9.