Braham's 2nd-quarter romp sinks Upsala/Swanville, 44-28

Braham's 2nd-quarter romp sinks Upsala/Swanville, 44-28

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Braham's 2nd-quarter romp sinks Upsala/Swanville, 44-28

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Jay Loven said his team finished Saturday’s game the way they played all year in 11 straight wins.

A stretch of 8 minutes and 29 seconds in the first half put Upsala/Swanville in a hole that it couldn’t escape.

The Patriots lost their first game of the year 44-28 to Braham in the Class A state quarterfinals Saturday.

“We finished the season the way we played all year,” Upsala/Swanville coach Loven said. “The players were down after the game, but we have nothing to hang our heads about this year.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Braham drove 66 yards to go up 8-0 and Upsala/Swanville fumbled the ensuing kickoff at the 35-yard line.

“When you give the ball back to them after (Braham) got the momentum, it breaks your back a little,” Loven said.

The turnover led to another Bombers touchdown and Braham began to pour it on, adding a 60-yard touchdown run by quarterback John Larson to make the score 24-0 at halftime.

Larson scampered for a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half.

The Bombers move on to play Minneota in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium.

“It was the first time we got hit that hard in the first half,” Patriots running back Kyle Lange said. “In the second half, we played like it was our last, which it was.”

The Patriots trailed 30-0 before Upsala/Swanville quarterback Tyler Evans threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Sales, recovered a fumble and hit Sales on another touchdown strike.

“It was a confidence boost knowing it wasn’t over until it was over,” Lange said. “We came out in the second half and got those two scores and we knew we could keep going.”

With the Upsala/Swanville crowd finally able to make noise from the bleachers, the Patriots had all the momentum, pinning Braham with a 3rd-and-9 late in the third quarter.

But Randy Braund’s only catch turned out to be the game’s most pivotal play. The Braham running back caught the screen pass and the Patriots had him cornered, but Braund escaped and ran 86 yards for a touchdown to put Braham up 36-16.

“We knew Braham was a big-play offense and I don’t take anything away from them, but on a lot of those big plays, we were about half a second late,” Loven said.

“They made the big plays when they needed to and when you play an explosive team, you can’t get into a track meet.”

The Patriots were able to score twice more, but couldn’t cut the deficit to one possession (eight points or less).

Lange finished with 149 yards, 102 in the second half. Evans finished threw for 102 yards in the second half, after going 1-for-4 with two interceptions before halftime.

“We gave Braham some short fields and they capitalized,” Evans said. “Coach said we played too good all year to lay an egg, so in the second half, we played Patriots football.

“We played better in the second half but it was too late.”

Braham

0

24

14

6

44

Upsala/Swanville

0

0

16

12

28

B — Quinn Richmond 1 pass from John Larson (Ryan Larson pass from John Larson).

B — Randy Braund 2 run (Ryan Larson pass from John Larson)

B — John Larson 60 r­un (Noah Bone pass from John Larson)

B — John Larson 67 run (pass failed)

U/S — Jordan Sales 2 pass from Tyler Evans (Sales pass from Evans)

U/S — Sales 33 pass from Evans (Sales pass from Evans)

B — Braund 86 pass from John Larson (run failed)

U/S — Kyle Lange 8 run (run failed)

B — Noah Bone 4 pass from John Larson (John Larson run)

U/S — Myron Ripplinger 11 pass from Evans (pass failed)

Individual statistics

Rushing: B — John Larson 19-176, Randy Braund 13-47, Quinn Richmond 1-0; US — Kyle Lange 37-186, Tyler Evans, 11-(-5).

Passing: B — John Larson 11-13-0-179; U/S — Tyler Evans 9-18-2-117.

Receiving: B — Ryan Larson 5-77, Quinn Richmond 3-6, Noah Bone 2-10, Braund 1-86; U/S — Jordan Sales 5-80, Myron Ripplinger 1-11, Carter Loven 2-43, Lange 1-(-7).

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