By John George
The outcome of the Perham High School Homecoming game wasn't decided until the final minutes of the game, but the Yellow Jackets held on for a 14-7 win over Pequot Lakes.
Perham scored the go-ahead touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Ben Bucholz to Cody Scheidecker with 7:06 left in the game.
Pequot Lakes got the ball back and went 61 yards on 13 plays, but stalled in the red-zone. The Jackets stopped the drive at their own 12-yard line, forcing an incomplete pass on fourth and four.
It looked like Perham would be able to run down the clock, but that hope was shortlived after a fumble on their first play.
Pequot Lakes fought down to the Perham five yard line and had a first and goal. A four-yard run put them at the goal line, but a false start pushed the Patriots back. A sack by D.J. Altstadt and Gavin Biegler pushed Pequot Lakes back farther, setting up a fourth and goal from the nine with less than 20 seconds to play.
On their final chance, Pequot Lakes appeared to catch a game-winning TD in the corner of the end zone. It was a tough call for the referees, but they ruled the pass receiver out of bounds.
Perham ran one play, kneeling down, and came away with the 14-7 win.
An angry mob Pequot football players literally chased the referees out of the park, shouting and taunting them about the call, before coaches and teammates calmed the situation.
After a scoreless first half, Pequot Lakes got on the board first with a 41-yard touchdown pass with 4:08 to play in the third quarter. Perham answered with a seven-play, 78-yard drive capped by a seven-yard TD?pass from Bucholz to Cody Soderstrom with just 38 seconds left in the third.
Bucholz finished the game throwing for 180 yards on 13-for-16 passing, with two TD's and one interception. Charlie Schmitz was his favorite target, catching eight passes for 82 yards.
Up North again
Perham will head north this week to take on the Roseau Rams on Oct. 3.
The Rams (2-3, 1-1 HOL?North) are coming off a 28-12 loss at Grand Rapids last week. Perham beat Roseau 34-18 last year in the regular season, and 40-28 in the 8AAA?playoffs.
The Jackets have won their last six games against Roseau. The Rams last win in the series came in the 2002 8AAA?Championship game, where they beat Perham, 46-37.
Roseau is led by two-time All-Conference quarterback Mike Lee, who rushed and threw for more than 1,000 yards last season.
(Perham EB?Editor Lou Hoglund contributed to this story.
Friday, September 26
Perham 14, Pequot Lakes 8
Pequot Lakes 0-0-7-0--7
PL--Johnsen 41 pass from Redmond (Ferone kick) 4:08
Per--Cody Soderstrom 7 pass from Ben Bucholz (pass failed) :36
Per--Chris Scheidecker 31 pass from Bucholz (Scheidecker pass from Bucholz) 7:06
1st Downs 11 12
Rush--yds 28-43 45-142
Pass yds 180 123
Return yds 13 46
Comp--Att-In 13-16-1 8-21-0
Sacks-yds 1-2 3-17
Punts-ave 4-26.8 2-42
Fbles-lost 7-2 3-1
Pen-yds 2-10 6-49
3rd Down 3-9 4-14
4th Down 0-1 2-8
Possession 22:06 25:54
Rushing--Nathan Schmitz 14-39; Scheidecker 1-5; Gavin Biegler 2-2; Bucholz 8-1
Passing--Bucholz 13-16-1, 180 yds, 2 TD
Receiving--Charlie Schmitz 8-82; Soderstrom 3-61-1; Scheidecker 1-31-1; Justin Mitchell 1-6
Defense--C. Schmitz 11 Tkl; N. Schmitz 11 Tkl, FR; Tim Herrmann 6 Tkl, FF; Biegler 6 Tkl, Sack; DJ?Altstadt 4 Tkl, Sack.
HOL?North Conf. All
Perham 3-0 3-2
Park Rapids 2-0 3-2
Pequot Lakes 2-1 2-3
Roseau 1-1 2-3
East Grand Forks 1-3 1-4
Crookston 0-4 0-5
HOL?Classic Conf. All
Pelican Rapids 3-0 5-0
Warroad 3-1 4-1
Breckenridge 3-1 3-2
Staples-Motley 2-1 3-2
D-G-F 1-2 3-2
West Central Area 0-3 1-4
Wadena-Deer Creek 0-4 0-5
D-G-F 40, Park Rapids 7
Grand Rapids 28, Roseau 12
East Grand Forks 29, Crookston 22
Pelican Rapids 54, Warroad 0
Breckenridge 21, West Central Area 7
Staples-Motley 32, W-DC 0
Section 8AAA W-L Pts.
Thief River Falls 3-2 52
Perham 3-2 48
Warroad 4-1 47
Park Rapids 3-2 45
Roseau 2-3 41
Pequot Lakes 2-3 40
East Grand Forks 1-4 36
Crookston 0-5 30
TRF 22, Grand Forks Red River 13