King Hein holds court against Pequot Lakes
PERHAM -- Homecoming King and starting quarterback Jordan Hein surpassed Pete Guck to become Perham's career rushing leader and enjoyed the second half from the sidelines, as the Yellowjackets overcame a sluggish start to roll over Pequot Lakes 34-0 on Homecoming night at Ted Meinhover Field Friday.
Hein has a career total of 2,430 rushing yards from 2009 to present. Guck's mark was 2,425 from 2001-03.
"Honestly, it means nothing," Hein said. "I had no idea about it."
Hein's answer to the praise he received back on the sideline was, "Hey guys, we've got a game to play right now. We've got to focus on that!"
Hein did not rush for a score, but put Perham up 7-0 early on a seven-yard touchdown throw to Tyler Glines at 10:31 of the second quarter.
Nick Bahls scored down the left sideline on a 20-yard pass from Hein at 4:46 to put the Yellowjackets up 13-0 heading to halftime.
Pequot Lakes stopped the Yellowjackets on the opening drive. Perham elected to go on a fourth and one on their forty but came up a half-foot short.
The Patriots failed to capitalize punting on fourth and seven from the Perham 37.
Brady Sazama punted the ball away on Perham's next drive after Perham logged a first down.
The Patriots drove from their own 43 to the Perham four-yard line. Dan Ingebrand stuffed Shae Zeidler on fourth and goal to foil an early shot at a lead for Pequot Lakes.
Hein drove Perham 97 yards on 14 plays to hit Glines for the opening score in a statement touchdown capping a drive of 11 rushes and three passes.
Perham literally marched down the length of the field from the shadow of their own goal line on a mission to the opponent's.
Pequot Lakes stalled inside the 10 again late in the first half. CJ Borleis's 26-yard field goal attempt with less than a minute remaining in the half was wide left.
Payton Jordahl and Ingebrand beat paths to the end zone in the third quarter, both scoring from the one-yard line to put the game out of reach 28-0 heading to the fourth quarter.
Eli Beachy replaced Hein at quarterback and scored untouched from 35 yards out with 3:11 to go to cap the scoring.
Outshined by the royal treatment of Hein's accomplishment was the play of the defense.
"Our defense stepped up big," said Hein. "Offensively, we went out there and they hit us in the mouth. Our motto is bend but don't break and (our defense) did that tonight and that's huge."
Stacking up the Patriots in the red zone, three times inside the 10, including the reserves preserving the shutout in the final minute, was huge early in the game and essential to the players, coaches and fans who wanted to see a goose egg remain on the scoreboard.
"The theory we have is bend don't break," Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. "That's exactly what happened. The goose egg's still up there and that's huge for our defense."
"Coach Jordahl always says, 'act like you've been there before,'" senior Josh Nordick said. "They're in our red zone and we've been there before. We've got to shut it down. The guys really stepped it up."
Payton Jordahl led Perham with eight tackles. Cole Schmitz made seven big stops. Jordahl also led in rushing, gaining 64 yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown.
Josh Nordick recorded his fifth interception in as many games in acrobatic fashion.
Nordick had four picks last season giving him nine, one away from the career record for interceptions of 10, held by Charlie Nelson (1986-89).
"He's just one of those athletes who loves to play," Coach Jordahl said. "He's one of our great leaders."
"You've really got give a lot of credit to our defensive back coaches, they do a good job of breaking it down on film and letting us know what routes they like to run and their tendencies," Nordick said.
Hein rushed for 56 yards on only eight carries. He completed nine of 12 passes for 155 yards and two scores. He was not sacked and had no interceptions.
"He's unselfish that way too," Coach Jordahl said. "He knows he's got a target on his back; he's not afraid of that, but he also knows we're going to throw some other tools and talents we have out there."
Hein has rushed for 619 yards in five games and thrown for 583, giving the senior 1,202 total yards.
Eric Brauch had three grabs for Perham for 58 yards.
Seven Yellowjackets caught at least one pass: Brauch, Beachy, Bahls, Jordahl, Nordick, Glines and Luke Sailer.
Pequot Lakes' quarterback Jordan Redmond threw for only 95 yards, going 9-28, on a night he was harried and harassed in the backfield to the tune of three interceptions, three sacks and no touchdowns.
Tyler Tappe rushed for 44 yards on four attempts to lead the Patriots.
Perham had 18 first downs to Pequot Lakes' dozen.
Total offense was 350-207 Jackets and Perham won the turnover battle 4-1.
The No. 3-3A Yellowjackets improved to 5-0 on the season and will look to remain undefeated next Friday in Thief River Falls at 6 p.m.
The Prowlers will face a team brimming with confidence.
"We're confident, but we're not overconfident," said Nordick. "We know any team can beat us on any given night. We've just got to work really hard the next two weeks in practice and really focus on what we have to get done."
"One game at a time," said Hein. "But we're rolling now and we're pretty optimistic. Our confidence level is through the roof. Having our back-ups go in there and score and stop them on defense was definitely a confidence boost."
Hein was in charge while resting in the second half, as well. He was the first and most vocal, calling on those on the sidelines to cheer on the reserves, as they had been doing for the starters all game.
Hein was a shining example of Perham Pride Friday night and it is fitting that this week he wore a crown and a helmet.
PERHAM RUSHING LEADERS (CAREER)
1. 2430 - Jordan Hein - 2009-12
2. 2425 - Pete Guck - 2001-03
3. 2220 - Chris Grismer - 1997-99
4. 2219 - Eric Erickson - 1995-97
5. 2161 - Nathan Schmitz - 2006-08
PERHAM INTERCEPTION LEADERS (CAREER)
10 - Charlie Nelson -1986-89
9 - Josh Nordick 2010-2012
6 - Tyler Doll - 2003-05
6 - Jordan Hein - 2009-11
6 - Ben Waldon 2007-09
6 - Sam Rutten 2005-07
6 - Kyle Gustafson - 2001-03
6 - Jonnie Schmitz - 2004-06
6 - Joel Harmer - 1982