Braves upset USA in 4A opener, 35-12

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In one of the most exciting Benson football games in the last decade, the Braves rallied from a 12-0 deficit to upset the third-seeded Upsala-Swanville Area Patriots last Tuesday night in Swanville, 35-12.

The Braves scored on two long touchdown passes from Will Enderson to Matthew Tolifson, but also scored on two long fumble recoveries by Abe Peterson and Adam Zosel, and tacked on a fifth touchdown late on a long run by Thomas Dineen.

Benson won despite running only 34 offensive plays and registering three total first downs compared to 13 first downs and 72 total plays for the Patriots.  The Braves did not have a first down in the opening half, but the defense shined on this night, taking advantage of the second-straight week where Benson was playing a team that lost its starting quarterback.

The Braves trailed 12-0 late in the first half, but used a 59-yard touchdown pass from Enderson to Tolifson to get on the board with 54 seconds left in the first half and then had three fumble recoveries over a seven-minute span in the third quarter, including two returned for touchdowns, to take control of the game.

“Credit the guys for their effort and never-quit attitude,” coach Adam Foslien said.  “Things could have gotten out of control once we were down 12-0, but wow, did the guys respond.

“What a fun game to be a part of.  Our fans were great, and what a great win for our program, school, and community!”...


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