Friday Football Previews
The Perham Yellowjackets look to even their record at Park Rapids against a team that has lost 15 straight games, including two to Perham: last year's 12-6 Perham overtime victory at Meinhover Field and Perham ended Park Rapids' season in the first round of the 2009-10 playoffs with a 36-22 victory in Perham.
In week one, Hawley's defense forced four turnovers and scored a touchdown as the Nuggets made their Heart O'Lakes Conference football debut with a 41-7 win over Park Rapids in Hawley.
"I don't think Hawley is any better than us," said Park Rapids Head Coach Aaron Morris. "The score didn't show how we played. We made too many mental mistakes and they capitalized on them."
Perham lost a heartbreaker to Pelican Rapids last Friday when a two-point conversion for the win was knocked down at the goal line preserving a one-point victory for the Vikings.
In New York Mills, the Eagles will face Osakis, a team that is 4-6 in their past 10 games, including last year's 49-0 walloping of NY Mills in Osakis.
The Silverstreaks defeated the Eagles on their last visit to NY Mills 58-6 in 2009-10.
NY Mills will look to reverse that trend of being outscored 107-6 in the past two contests versus the Silverstreaks.
Osakis controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as they ran past the K-M-S Saints 19-6 to get their season off on the right foot at home.
"The first game of the year, you're just trying to get a win," head coach Bill Infanger said. "So to come out and play strong defense and be able to put three touchdowns on the board, even though we felt like we should have been able to get a few more, we're really happy with the outcome."
NY Mills kept Upsala/Swanville Area out of their end zone for the entire football game but never got into the Patriots' red zone to get a shot at points during their home opener.
The Patriots managed two field goal attempts, one at the halftime buzzer that clanged off the crossbar and one with 20 seconds remaining that was good for a 3-0 home loss for the Eagles.