PERKINS - The Mid Peninsula Wolverines took care of their home field and pleased their parents in the process Thursday, posting a 56-26 eight-player football triumph over the Brimley Bays.
Mid Pen recovered six fumbles in the Parent's Night contest, including one by senior Brett Branstrom on Brimley's 10-yard line which led to its third touchdown early in the second quarter.
Branstrom then scrambled to his right and fired a TD pass to junior end Chad Branstrom on the next play to put the Wolverines up 22-6.
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Brett Branstrom, right, of Mid Peninsula hauls down a Brimley runner with the help of Sam Lehtikangas, left, Thursday in the second quarter at Perkins. Branstrom had three fumble recoveries and 21 tackles on defense.
"We definitely benefitted from some of their miscues," said Mid Pen coach Jeremy Herman. "But we also had too many of our own."
Brimley didn't go away quietly, pulling within 22-12 on a four-yard run around left end by junior John Preville midway through the second stanza.
Senior Dakota Bowen set up that score on an 80-yard kickoff return slightly more than a minute earlier, giving the Bays the ball on Mid Pen's eight.
Brimley - Beaune 36 yd. pass to Daniels (run failed), 8:24
Mid Pen - B. Branstrom 60 yd. pass to Winkelbauer (run failed), 7:35
Mid Pen - Winkelbauer 13 yd. pass to C. Branstrom (Winkelbauer run), 11:54
Mid Pen - B. Branstrom 10 yd pass to C. Branstrom (Winkelbauer run), 8:32
Brimley - Preville 4 yd run (run failed), 7:12
Mid Pen - B. Branstrom 55 yd run (Winkelbauer run), 5:08
Brimley - Bower fumble recover in end zone (run failed), 0:53.4
Mid Pen - Nummilien 58 yd run (run failed), 11:40
Mid Pen - Nummilien 31 yd run (run failed), 7:00
Brimley - Beaune 32 yd pass to Bowen (Preville run), 11:53
Mid Pen - B. Branstrom 17 yd pass to Winkelbauer (Winkelbauer to B. Branstrom pass), 7:10
Mid Pen - B. Branstrom 17 yd pass to Winkelbauer (pass failed), 1:04
Total offense - Mid Pen 412 yards (232 rushing, 180 passing); Brimley 348 yards (182 rushing, 166 passing).
Rushing - Mid Pen 232 yards (Nummilien 8-88, B. Branstrom 12-82); Brimley 182 yards (Minzies 19-79).
Passing - Mid Pen 180 yards (B. Branstrom 6-15, 167 yards, four TDs, one interception, Winkelbauer 1-1, 13 yards, one TD); Brimley 166 yards (Beaune 6-19, 124 yards, two TDs).
Receiving - Mid Pen (Winkelbauer 4-121); Brimley (Bowen 2-70).
The Wolverines (2-0 overall and league) responded on their next possession, hiking their advantage to 30-12 on Brett Branstrom's 55-yard quaterback keeper around right end.
Brimley (0-2 on both counts) then pulled within 30-18 with 53.4 seconds left in the period when Bowen pounced on a Bays' fumble in the end zone, moments after the teams exchanged fumbles. Brett Branstrom recovered one on the Mid Pen four. But the Wolverines then coughed up the ball on their six on the next play.
"I thought we were wearing them down, but we kept giving them the ball," said Brimley coach Ron Lounds. "I quit counting after 10 fumbles. The fumble on our 10 really hurt us because we gave them a gift right there. Had we executed without fumbling the ball, it would have been a different game. Turnovers killed us."
The Wolverines extended their lead to 42-18 in the third quarter as junior Mitch Nummilien broke through the middle for TD dashes of 58 and 31 yards.
"Mitch came in with some fresh legs and really sparked us in the second half," said Herman. "He really took control on his touchdowns runs. Yet, I never really felt comfortable. They (Brimley) have some athletes. It wasn't like we were pushing them around."
The Bays trimmed their deficit to 42-26 just 20 seconds into the fourth frame on junior Shane Beaune's 32-yard pass to Bowen.
Brett Branstrom finished the scoring by tossing a pair of 17-yard passes to junior Evan Winkelbauer.
The Bays took an early 6-0 lead on Beaune's 36-yard pass to senior Sean Daniels.
Mid Pen, however, tied the score on Brett Branstrom's 60-yard pass to Winkelbauer on its first possession and gained a 14-6 lead on Winkelbauer's 13-yard aerial to Chad Branstrom six seconds into the second quarter.
The Wolverines finished with 412 yards in total offense, including 232 on the ground.
Nummilien led Mid Pen in rushing with 88 yards in eight carries. Brett Branstrom ran 12 times for 82 yards and was 6-of-15 passing for 167 yards and four TDs.
Brett Branstrom also led the Wolverines on defense with 21 tackles and three fumble recoveries. Sam Lehtikangas added 12 tackles. Trey Branstrom collected 11 tackles. Zach LaFave had eight tackles, including four QB sacks. Ryan Lehtikangas also had eight tackles.
Brimley rushed for 182 of its 348 yards, with Minzies leading the way with 79 in 19 trips. Beaune converted 6-of-19 aerials for 166.
"Our offense and defense works when we stay home and carry out our assignments properly," said Lounds. "Our jayvees played much of the fourth quarter and they did a pretty good job. We feel we have something to build on."
Mid Pen resumes Sept. 7 by traveling to Engadine. The Bays host Cedarville Sept. 7.