PHS Football: Balanced attack beats Crookston
By John George
To say the Yellowjacket football team used a balanced attack to beat Crookston last Friday would be an understatement. Perham had five different guys score in their 33-6 victory. And they did it with 10 different players carrying the ball and eight different guys catching the ball.
"We have a lot of guys who can make plays," junior quarterback Ben Bucholz. "And we have a good line that gives those guys a chance to do something and to give me time to throw."
Perham took advantage of an early Crookston mistake when they recovered a Pirate fumble on the first play of the game. The Jackets needed just three plays before Charlie Schmitz scored from two yards out.
Crookston settled in, and produced a eight-play, 53-yard drive to score on their next possession. A missed two-point conversion left Perham ahead, 7-6.
After the Jackets were forced to punt, Crookston marched down the field again and looked poised to put Perham behind in a game for the first time this season. But their drive stalled deep in Jacket territory and they attempted a field goal, which fell well short and was caught by Bucholz, who returned the ball 16 yards.
After a six-yard run by Harvey McMahon on first down, Chris Scheidecker broke loose for a 72-yard touchdown run. Alex Phelps' second extra-point kick gave Perham a 14-6 lead, which they took into the halftime locker room after a sluggish second quarter.
Perham put together their longest, most time consuming drive to start the second half. They went 61 yards on 10 plays and took 4:26 off the clock before Bucholz scored on a two-yard run.
After an interception by Phelps, Bucholz connected with Ben Waldon from 29-yards out and Perham had quickly opened their lead to 27-6.
"Ben did a great job of getting open downfield and the line gave me enough time to get it down there," Bucholz said.
Bucholz, the son of a dairy farmer, stood tall in the pocket behind his line all night and went 15-for-24 for 190 yards while hitting eight different receivers. Waldon led all receivers with three catches for 44 yards. Schmitz and Cody Soderstrom each had three catches for the Jackets as well.
Meanwhile, after allowing Crookston to score in the first quarter and giving up some yards on their drive resulting in a missed field goal (95 total offensive yards in the two drives), the Perham defense gave up just 45 yards over the Pirates next seven possessions. They had a full team effort as well, as 23 different players were in on at least one tackle.
Sophomore Harvey McMahon, who scored the Jackets final touchdown on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter, led the team with nine carries which produces 42 yards. Scheidecker finished with 73 yards on two carries. McMahon was the only player other than Bucholz (6) to have more than three carries for the team.
It will be Homecoming for Perham this week as they host East Grand Forks on Sept. 25 at Meinhover Field. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. The Green Wave (1-2, 1-1 HOL North) are coming off a 29-0 loss to Pequot Lakes and they have scored only seven points in their two losses this season. They did pick up a 31-6 win over Park Rapids in their second game of the season.
The Jackets have won three-straight against East Grand Forks, including an 18-7 win last year.
Friday, September 18
#5-AAA Perham 33, Crookston 6
Crookston 6- 0- 0- 0-- 6
Per--Charlie Schmitz 2 run (Alex Phelps kick) 11:06
C--Baldoch 9 pass from Bittner (pass failed) 7:30
Per--Chris Scheidecker 72 run (Phelps kick) 3:51
Per--Ben Bucholz 2 run (Phelps kick) 7:34
Per--Ben Waldon 29 pass from Bucholz (kick failed) 4:22
Per--Harvey McMahon 10 run (kick failed) 8:59
1st Downs 16 11
Rush--yds 32-165 31-81
Pass yds 190 134
Return yds 36 73
Comp--Att-In 15-24-1 12-28-2
Sacks-yds 1-5 2-13
Punts-ave 3-38.3 2-36.5
Fbles-lost 5-1 4-2
3rd Downs 4-11 3-12
4th Downs 1-2 1-4
Pen-yds 4-34 3-14
Possession 23:50 24:10
Rushing--Scheidecker 2-73-1; McMahon 9-42-1; Gabe Pankonin 3-20; Tim Hermann 2-13; Mike Wiskow 2-10; Matt Dreyer 1-8; Charlie Schmitz 2-2-1; Phelps 3-1; Bucholz 6-1-1.
Passing--Bucholz 15-24-1, 190 yds., 1 TD
Receiving--Waldon 3-44-1; Cody Soderstrom 3-31; Schmitz 3-29; Scheidecker 2-24; Phelps 1-28; Taylor Doll 1-14; Dreyer 1-10; Hermann 1-10.
Defense--Schmitz 13 Tlk; Andrew Muer 8 Tlk; Waldon 5 Tkl; Scheidecker 4 Tkl, Sack; Phelps 2 Tkl, 2 Int;
HOL North Conf. All
#5AAA Perham 2-0 3-0
Pequot Lakes 1-0 2-1
Thief River Falls 2-1 2-1
East Grand Forks 1-1 1-2
Crookston 1-2 1-2
Park Rapids 0-2 1-2
Roseau 0-1 0-3
HOL Classic Conf. All
#10AAA Staples-Motley 2-0 3-0
#12AA D-G-F 2-0 3-0
Warroad 1-1 2-1
Breckenridge 1-1 1-2
West Central Area 0-1 2-1
Pelican Rapids 0-1 0-3
Wadena-Deer Creek 0-2 0-3