Bombers trample Giants
For their homecoming game, the Barnum Bombers football team hosted the Giants of Mesabi East on September 27.
The Giants began the game with the ball on their own 10 yard line, but fumbled the ball on the first play. The Bombers recovered the fumble on the Giants' 13 yard line, setting up a Brandon Newman touchdown, but the 2-point conversion failed after three attempts for penalties.
The Giants again got the football, this time returning out to the 30 yard line where the Bombers' defense took over. The Giants tried to push the ball up the field, but the Bombers would have none of that.
With the Giants' running game held to nearly no gains, they went to the air, but again the Bombers' defense proved to be too much. The Giants were forced to punt the ball away.
The Bomber defense proved to be more than the Giants had expected, with the Giants' kicker bobbling the ball and finally getting it away, but only for a few yards. The Bombers got the ball with relatively good field position.
The Bombers took over and began to march the ball down the field, but this time the Giants' defense stepped up and the Bombers ended up turning the ball over on downs. The Giants took over the ball near midfield and were able to push the ball to the 25 yard line of the Bombers.
The Bombers defense again came alive to put the halt on the Giants' attempts to put points on the board. With a 3rd and 10 yards to go, Bomber Brady Youngberg pushed through the frontline to sack the Giants' quarterback, bringing up a Giants' 4th and 17.
The Giants were forced to punt the ball away, with the Bomber defense getting a hand onto the ball and punting was partially blocked. Bombers Cody Shelgren and Zach Peterson took turns pushing the ball up the field with Peterson taking it into the end zone for the touchdown. The 2-point conversion again failed.
The Giants got the ball back and began to move up the field, but this time it was the Bombers' Mitchell Weller stepping up to snatch the ball out of the air for an interception.
The Bombers and Giants then traded fumbles and neither team was able to score again in the first half.
The Bombers went into half time with a 12-0 lead.
The second half began with the Bombers taking the opening kick. The second half also had Zach Carlson returning to the lineup. Carlson's first run of the game resulted in a fumble.
The Giants came out of half time with a hope of pushing the ball down the field, but the Bomber defense was not ready to give up any touchdowns. The Giants again were forced to punt the ball away. The Bombers then got the ball on their own 20 yard line, as the ball had been punted into the end zone.
This time, Bomber Carlson was determined to protect the ball and after several carries had pushed the ball all the way to the Giants' 35 yard line. Here, Shelgren took control of the ball and ran it into the end zone for the touchdown, with Carlson catching a Newman pass for the 2-point conversion. The Bombers were in the lead 20-0.
The Giants got the ball on their 37 yard line and tried to make a move on the ground, but the Bombers continued to hold steady and forced the Giants to go to the air.
With a 2nd and 8 yards to go, the Giants went into the air with a pass. This time the Bombers unleashed yet another weapon as Tommy Ziegler grabbed the ball from the air and returned it for a touchdown. Carlson again received the pass from Newman for the 2-point conversion. The Bombers were in the lead 28-0.
The next possession for the Giants, the Bombers had them locked deep in their own territory, where the Bomber defense had them marching the ball in the wrong direction. The Giants were again forced to punt the ball away. Newman took the ball into the end zone for the touchdown, with Carlson carrying for the 2-point conversion, Bombers lead 36-0.
With the Bombers leading 36-0 and the clock on run time, coach Robertson took the Bombers' starters out and put in the second string. The Giants finally got on the board late in the game, with 2:39 left on the clock. The Bombers took the homecoming victory 36-8.