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Arm, hands, legs power Buffalo past Brainerd

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 08/31/18, 6:30PM CDT


Aidan Bouman threw five touchdowns -- two to Treyton Welch -- and Riley Habisch ran for 109 yards in a 38-28 victory.

Buffalo junior quarterback Aidan Bouman threw five touchdown passes to help lead the Bison to victory Friday over Brainerd. Photo: Bre McGee, special to the Star Tribune

With a reputation for a high-octane passing offense, Buffalo didn’t disappoint in its 38-28 season-opening victory over Brainerd.

Junior quarterback Aidan Bouman passed for 319 yards and four touchdowns, two each to receivers Treyton Welch and Damien Biegert. But, as impressive an aerial show as the Bison displayed Friday, it was a good, old-fashioned running attack that sealed the victory.

Senior running back Riley Habisch rushed 25 times for 109 yards, including a stretch of six consecutive carries that bolstered a game-sealing 77-yard touchdown drive.

Often overlooked but not under-appreciated, Habisch provided the grit that the Bison needed whenever Brainerd made a run, and the balance that kept the passing game effective.

First report

Buffalo held off Brainerd 35-28 on the arm on quarterback Aidan Bouman, the hands of wide receiver Treyton Welch and, perhaps most importantly, the churning legs of running back Riley Habisch.

Bouman passed for 319 yards and five touchdowns, two of them to Welch. Habisch carried the ball 25 times for 109 yards to give the Bison a season-opening victory.

Check back later for more on the early-starting game due to weather concerns Friday evening.

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