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Opponents must shudder when they learn they're providing the opposition for the Brainerd Warriors homecoming game. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Brainerd ripped off 28 straight points and stymied the Becker Bulldogs' offense on its way to a 35-21 homecoming victory in front of a capacity crowd at chilly Adamson Field Saturday, Oct. 6. The victory raised Brainerd's record to 17-2 in homecoming games in the 2000s.
Quarterback Sam Miller threw for 170 yards and two touchdowns and Joe Klang rambled for 142 yards as the Brainerd Warriors posted a 35-21 homecoming victory before a capacity crowd at Adamson Field Saturday, Oct. 6. Miller finished 12 of 17 (71 percent) and threw for second-quarter scores of 60 yards to Owen Davis and 21 yards to Pat Gervenak. Gervenak totaled five catches for 77 yards including an acrobatic, one-handed, diving grab in the opening quarter. Davis added 74 yards on four receptions.
Homecoming has proven to be a lopsided home-field advantage for the Brainerd Warriors. In the 2000s, Brainerd is 16-2 in its homecoming games. Its only losses during that span include a 59-45 shootout against Alexandria in 2016 and a 31-20 setback against St. Michael-Albertville in 2012. Warriors coach Ron Stolski hopes the tradition of homecoming victories continues at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, when Brainerd entertains the Becker Bulldogs at Adamson Field.
In East Asian martial arts, a black belt denotes a high competence. Avery Eckman earned her black belt at age 11. Five years later, it has no doubt enabled her to attain a high level of competence on the volleyball court for the Brainerd Warriors. The junior outside hitter's performance this fall includes leading her team in kills (230). She has added 150 digs, 18 blocks, 13 ace serves and a 90-percent serving percentage.
With losses in two of their last three games to the top teams in Section 8-2A, the Brainerd Warriors have an indication of how competitive the section playoffs will be. The Warriors lost by 3-0 scores to No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville Saturday, Sept. 29, and to No. 1 Moorhead Tuesday, Oct. 2. Brainerd entered Tuesday's match with the fourth-best Quality Results Formula in the section. "We want to see them early," Warriors coach Grant Gmeinder said of section foes. "If we suffer a loss in the regular season, it's OK because we want to beat them down the road anyway."
BEMIDJI — Babe's Bell will reside in Bemidji for a year. Trailing 7-6 with for most of the fourth quarter, the Bemidji Lumberjacks scored on a 6-yard James Williams run with 46.1 seconds remaining to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 12-7 in a North Central Red and Section 8-5A game Friday, Sept. 28. A fourth-and-13 completion for 16 yards, from quarterback Jacob Beberg to receiver Ryan Bieberdorf, set up the winning score. Four plays later, Williams found the end zone.
A few years ago, www.northstarfootballnews.com , a website that focuses on Minnesota high school football, compiled a list of 32 rivalries and asked visitors to vote for their favorite. The Bemidji/Brainerd game earned 58 percent of the vote and the website voted it the state's best football rivalry. Friday, Sept. 28, at Chet Anderson Stadium on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Lumberjacks and Warriors will play for "Babe's Bell" for the first time.
In 2017, Joe Klang played behind statistically the best running back in Brainerd Warriors football history. Last season Charlie Geraets rushed for 2,256 yards and 25 TDs. He finished his 3-year career as the leading rusher in school history with 4,046 yards and 46 TDs. Klang, who was the team's second-leading rusher in 2017 with 333 yards and three scores, benefited from playing behind Geraets.
For the first time since 2011, the Brainerd Warriors are sitting with double digits in the win column. Brainerd raised its overall record to 12-4 with a 3-1 victory over the Sartell Sabres Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Brainerd High School gym. The last time the Warriors had more than 10 wins after at least 16 matches was in 2011 when they started 11-6. Tuesday's victory was Brainerd's ninth in 10 matches. Warriors coach Rick Kuehlwein said the difference between this season and 2017 is Brainerd's ability to close out games.
In the season's first three games, the Brainerd Warriors averaged 93 yards passing compared to an average of 284 yards rushing. Warriors coach Ron Stolski sought better balance in their North Central Red Subdistrict game against the Sauk Rapids Storm and Brainerd accomplished that in a 34-14 victory Friday, Sept. 21, at Adamson Field. Quarterback Sam Miller passed for the majority of the Warriors' 223 yards while the running game remained constant by generating 275 yards for a 498-total yard night. Brainerd squared its record at 2-2 while dealing Class 5A's unbeaten and seventh-ranked Storm their first loss in four games.