FOOTBALL: Perham beats East Grand Forks 24-6
Apparently, Perham High School football knows how to crank out dual-threat quarterbacks.
UND senior and former Yellowjacket Marcus Hendrickson has torched some NCAA Division I defenses with his athleticism this fall -- at one point leading the country in passing efficiency.
Current Perham quarterback Jordan Hein has been doing much of the same to Minnesota high school opposition.
On Wednesday, East Grand Forks Senior High was Hein's latest target. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior rushed for 216 yards and four touchdowns as Perham beat the Green Wave 24-6 at Senior High Field.
Perham, which improved to 7-1, will receive a first-round bye in the Minnesota Section 8AAA playoffs. Senior High, meanwhile, will be on the road when the postseason opens Tuesday. The Green Wave, who now compete in Section 8AAAA, fell to 3-5 and have lost five straight.
Senior High got off on the wrong foot against Perham when the Green Wave committed three first-quarter turnovers, including coughing up the opening kickoff.
Those miscues helped the Yellowjackets take a 12-0 first-quarter lead on Hein touchdown runs of 2 and 54 yards. Hein's 54-yard scoring play, which came on the heels of his own inter-ception of Senior High quarterback Nick Erickson, came on third-and-14.
"(Hein) seems to know when to take it into overdrive," Perham coach Mike Jordahl said. "He's a special athlete. Even when plays break down, he can do something huge."
Jordahl was with the Yellowjackets when Hendrickson was a prep player, too.
"They're a little different brand," Jordahl said. "But as far as being game-changers, they're in the same group."
Hein is one of the top Division I regional recruits, estimated to be receiving interest from 30 college programs, including North Dakota.
"Our game plan was not to let him hurt us," Senior High coach Scott Oliver said. "We wanted to know where he was at at all times. It's a 'Where's Waldo?' so to speak. But he made a lot of plays in this tough weather and that's why he's a Division I recruit."
The Wave, though, actually regrouped after Perham's initial onslaught. Senior High ate up more than 10 minutes of the second-quarter clock by embarking on a 21-play, 89-yard drive. The drive was capped by Ryan Boushee's 2-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal from the 2.
Boushee's score, which came on an option to the right side, cut the Yellowjackets lead to 12-6 at halftime. However, Perham came out in the second half and responded.
Perham went on a 13-play drive of its own -- ending in a Hein 2-yard touchdown run for an 18-6 lead. The drive was kept alive once on a Hein 30-yard run on third-and-9. Later in the drive, Hein hit Payton Jordahl -- who made an impressive one-handed snag -- for a 19-yard connection on first-and-20.
The Wave struggled to respond from there, hindered by a number of penalties that set up long down-and-distances. Senior High's offense isn't a big-play attack, especially in sloppy, wet conditions.
"I was really happy with how we responded in the second quarter with that drive," Oliver said. "I knew we needed a stop to start that second half, and we couldn't get it. Give Perham credit for taking control on that very first drive."