Rebels hang on for 10-7 victory over Yellowjackets
GLYNDON--The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton rebels scored their only points on back-to-back first half drives jumping out to a 10-0 lead and made it stick in a closely contested 10-7 victory over Perham.
The Rebels managed one first down in their first 11 plays. The Yellowjackets fumbled away their first drive near midfield and went three-and-out on their second drive of the game.
"Our defense did a great job defending a big, strong team with speed," Perham Head Coach Mike Jordahl said.
D-G-F got on track scoring on their next two drives.
Junior running back Taylor Beyer took the ball on his own 48-yard line and scampered to the Perham 23.
The Rebels kept with what was working handing off to Beyer for five consecutive plays to get inside the Perham red zone.
Beyer ran the ball up the middle when he collided with the Perham defense. Beyer remained on the ground after the hit and was taken away from the field by ambulance.
Perham forced a fourth-and-goal from the 10. Tanner Dufault kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 3-0 D-G-F lead.
The Yellowjacket offense got into gear driving down to the Rebel's 30 before back-to-back halfback pass attempts from Gabe Pankonin gave the ball up on downs.
A holding penalty was big in backing Perham up after reaching the 20-yard line on successive completions from Jordan Hein to Pankonin and Matt Shipman.
"We need to keep momentum going by avoiding penalties that stop our momentum when we are moving the ball."
With Beyer out, Dufault went to work rushing for 52 yards on three plays, scoring from 28 yards out. Dufault's extra point put D-G-F up 10-0 with 7:15 to go until halftime.
The Rebels defense continued to force punting situations. Dufault moved the Rebels from their own 41 to the Perham 14 before Cody Nylander recovered a Dufault fumble on the 14-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, Perham's Shipman was injured after being flipped trying to catch a Hein pass. He walked off the field under his own power.
The Jackets would not threaten the remainder of the half reaching the D-G-F 37-yard line with time running out. Three Hein passes fell incomplete to end the first half.
After receiving the second half kick, a run-loss of two yards and two more incompletions had Perham on defense after only 1:37 expired on the clock.
The Yellowjackets allowed only one first down on the Rebels' next drive, but Nick Green's punt was downed at the Perham two-yard line giving Perham grim field position.
Jacob Still pounded the ball for 10 yards on four rushes and Pankonin added a 22-yard run to get Perham out of trouble quickly.
13 consecutive rushes from Pankonin, Still, Ty Haverland and Jordan Hein moved the ball to the Rebels' 22-yard line, but the D-G-F defense stiffened again, aided by a fourth-and-two false start penalty on Perham at the 14.
On fourth-and-seven, Hein was stopped at the 17 giving the ball up in the red zone as the third quarter expired.
"We had opportunities in the red zone that we need to take better advantage of. D-G-F was a good team that really flowed to the football."
A Pankonin interception halted a D-G-F drive at Perham's 18. Pankonin's return to the 37 was brought back to the 27 on an illegal block penalty.
The Yellowjackets put together an 18-play, 73-yard drive to pay dirt scoring on a one-yard run from Hein with 94 seconds remaining and a three-point deficit, 10-7.
Hein did most of the damage completing four passes and rushing the ball 10 times on the drive. The Yellowjackets were aided by two D-G-F penalties good for 20 yards.
The Rebels were unable to get a first down and kill the clock, Perham used their remaining two timeouts to force fourth down and four at the Perham 42. The Rebels opted to go for the first down and gave the ball back to Perham with 41 seconds remaining at their own 40.
Hein connected with Mike Wiskow for 12 yards to get across midfield to the D-G-F 48.
Hein rushed for four yards and hit Pankonin for seven for another first down to the Rebels' 37, but two attempted passes to Eric Brauch and a final heave to Pankonin fell incomplete.
Hein was the only rusher to gain over 100 yards with 105. The Yellowjacket held the dangerous Dufault to 96.
D-G-F stuck mostly to a ground game rushing for 248 yards while only passing successfully for 31.
Dufault attempted only eight passes connection four times.
Perham had a more balanced attack with 123 yards by air and 164 on the ground. Hein was 13-30 for 123 yards passing.
Pankonin had four catches for 55 yards. Shipman, Wiskow and Josh Nordick all had two catches.
Both teams fumbled four times, losing only one. Dufault threw the game's only interception.
Nylander led Perham on defense with six solo tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery.
A D-G-F official told The Forum after the game that Beyer was able to move his limbs while he was down on the turf. Paramedics placed Beyer on a board before leaving the field.
D-G-F athletic director Craig Anderson said shortly after the injury was sustained that it was not believed to be serious.
Perham drops to 1-2 on the season and 1-0 in Heart O' Lakes Northern Division standings. D-G-F improves to 3-0. They remain 1-0 in the HOL Classic Division.
"No one likes to lose, but this game will be good for us to rebound on with Crookston coming to town this week for homecoming. We will learn from our mistakes and improve because of them."
Perham will face Northern Division foe Crookston Friday, Sept. 23 in Perham's homecoming game. The Pirates are 1-2 and winless in two conference games this season.
The Forum Staff contributed to this report.
Statistics courtesy of Ron Berns.