Perham evens record, headed for showdown at D-G-F
Jordan Hein threw five touchdown passes leading the Perham Yellowjackets (1-1) to their first victory of the season, 34-14, at Park Rapids (0-2).
The loss extends Park Rapids current losing streak to 16 games.
Hein's five touchdowns matched the Perham school record set by Ben Bucholz at Pequot Lakes Oct. 2, 2009.
Two of the five TD passes went to Gabe Pankonin. Pankonin's pair of TD receptions in one game ties a record held by many. The last occurrence was by Ben Walden versus Park Rapids, Oct. 15, 2009.
Perham dominated early jumping out to 28-0 lead at halftime.
"I thought our effort was great from start to finish," Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. "It was fun to see that everybody got a chance to step on the field. We improved greatly from last week and will continue to work hard to get better."
Pankonin scored to open the game on an eight-yard pass from Hein. He ended the half with his second catch from 21 yards out.
Mike Wiskow and Eric Brauch nabbed touchdown receptions from 23 and 67 yards helping Perham coast through the second half for the win.
The Perham defense allowed two scores late after holding Park Rapids scoreless through three quarters.
Forrest Drury scored for the Panthers on a 12-yard run. Levi Erickson scored on a three-yard run.
Drury led all rushers with 111 yards on 16 carries.
Pankonin led the Yellowjackets accumulating 49 yards on 11 rushes.
Hein, who was a top-ten rusher statewide in week one, did most of his damage in week two from the air.
Hein rushed for 44 yards, but was 8-13 for 230 yards passing and the five touchdowns.
As a team, the Yellowjackets put up nearly 400 yards of offense totaling 395 to Park Rapids' 291.
Hein connected with Matt Shipman for 72 yards for Perham's longest play from scrimmage and the final score of the game with six minutes remaining to put any chances at a late Park Rapids two-touchdown comeback away.
Hein had plenty of time to throw, as the Panthers were unable to get to him in the pocket recording no sacks on the junior quarterback.
"I thought our defensive and offensive lines played better and look forward to seeing the progress they will make this week to anchor our offense and defense."
The Perham defense will be put to the test this coming Friday trying to corral Tanner Dufault of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on his home field.
The Rebels come into Friday's contest 2-0, after a big 29-7 first week victory at Class 3A #8 ranked East Grand Forks. Last Friday D-G-F shutout Roseau at home 22-0.
Dufault single-handedly took out East Grand Forks throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass, kicking a 22-yard field goal, rushing 30 yards on a quarterback keeper for D-G-F's third score, running in the 2-point conversion; and returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.
"Tanner's a big-time player,'' D-G-F coach Anthony Soderberg said.
"D-G-F is going to be a formidable opponent for us and we look forward to playing them," Jordahl said.
Dufault scored on a 48-yard run in D-G-F's shutout of Roseau. He saw limited action as the Rebels played three quarterbacks with a comfortable lead.
This Friday's game has the potential to be a blockbuster battle between Hein and Dufault.
"If we play defense the way it is designed and build a wall, remembering our responsibilities and tackling well it, will help," Jordahl said. "Controlling the line of scrimmage will also be key."
Perham gave up 251 rushing yards versus Park Rapids and 231 in the opening week versus Pelican Rapids.
Rushing success has limited the passing of opposing teams as Perham has only allowed 143 yards passing in two games.
"We need to tackle and block better, but have already improved in those areas," Jordahl said. "The potential this whole team has is a resource we are extremely excited about."
The Rebels defeated Perham 20-6 on Hall of Fame night last season.