2014 Fall Football Camp Tour: Perham Yellowjackets
Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - You'd be hard pressed to find a more consistent high school team in our area than the Perham Yellowjackets. Only one time in the last decade have they failed to win a playoff game.
This year's version of the Jackets will be tested, having graduated nearly its entire starting lineup from last year's team that finished with 6 wins and 4 losses.
After two consecutive state tournament appearances Perham fell short of that goal last season, and the players haven't forgotten.
Mason Malikowski/Perham Sr. Quarterback: “To remember this feeling, of how it felt to be out before the section finals and not make it to the dome or anything like that. It's led us to working out in the offseason a lot more than last year.”
That training has coincided with some team bonding, something necessary for a team that returns just 7 starters, including only one on offense.
Nathan Currier/Perham Sr. WR-DB: “After you make a good play or a really bad play you have people picking you up. They have your back no matter what.”
The Yellowjackets may be short on experience, but they're bursting at the seams with confidence. Why? Because a lot of the players on this year's team were part of last year's JV squad, that happened to go undefeated.
Mike Jordahl/Perham Head Coach: “They're skilled. I think our overall team speed is pretty good. Biggest of all, I think they're mentally and physically tough kids.”
Malikowski: “Years previous, there have been huge targets on our back and this year I think we're a little bit more of an underdog. We're a little hungry to get the guys that happened to get us last year, I guess.”
But, in order to make room for feasting on their opponents, they're coach says they'll have to get rid of the Friday night butterflies.
Jordahl: “Friday nights are just electric. That's the big difference is the electricity on the football field and the excitement. Everything that happens on that evening is just hard to explain. You just have to feel it and experience it to know it.”
And for the Yellowjackets that experience will come away from home, with their first three games of the season on the road.
Perham opens with rival Pelican Rapids next Friday.
Here's a link to the W-DAY video http://www.wday.com/content/2014-fall-football-camp-tour-perham-yellowjackets