Braham posts 51-18 victory, highlighted by forcing 6 Esko turnovers. Next up: Nov. 4 Section 7AA championship vs. Moose Lake-Willow River at Duluth Public Stadium
Braham scored on its second play from scrimmage when Tyler Vaughan took a pass in the flats and raced 86 yards for a TD (left), and the Bombers kept rolling to a 51-18 thumping of visiting Esko in the Oct. 30 Section 7AA semifinals.
The Eskimos, who unofficially rushed for 193 yards in the game, answered right back with a scoring drive to pull within 7-6. But on their next possession, Dan Ramthun forced a fumble recovered by Codi Kruse (below), and Mike Strelow bulled for a 4-yard TD run which made it 15-6.
Ramthun kept making highlight plays when he forced an intentional grounding call in the end zone for a safety,and the Bombers added another Strelow TD to go into half with a 24-6 advantage.
The Bombers scored at will in the second half. Bret Cuda added a 9-yard TD run, Vaughan scored on two more touchdowns, and Cory Ambrose got into the scoring column on another rushing touchdown as Braham amassed 420 yards of offense against the Eskomos.
Braham (8-2) heads to the Section 7AA championship hosted Thursday, Nov. 4 (7 p.m.) at Duluth Public Stadium.Top-seed and 3rd-ranked Moose Lake-Willow River (10-0) awaits them.The Rebels,the four-time defending 7AA champs, handled No. 4 seed Deer River 37-0 in their semifinal game on Saturday.