Perham scores 14 points on Monday to put away Pequot Lakes after three-day lightning delay
A three-day lightning delay turned out to be just the jolt the Perham football needed to knock off Pequot Lakes.
After Friday’s game was postponed due to lightning with the Yellowjackets trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter, Perham knew it had to regroup and play better when the game resumed Monday, Sept. 18.
The Yellowjackets did just that, outscoring Pequot Lakes by a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to earn a 32-19 victory.
“We were frustrated with the way things ended up on Friday night,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “We made some adjustments that we thought were good and not getting the opportunity to execute those adjustments was frustrating. The kids were focused today and showed up to play.”
Quarterback Jenson Beachy’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Honer put the Yellowjackets ahead for good in the fourth quarter.
“It was a great win for us. They came out and punched us in the mouth on Friday and we came back today.” Perham quarterback Jenson Beachy said. “We were ready to go.”
Beachy threw three passing touchdowns and rushed for another. He finished with 186 yards passing and 37 yards rushing in the win. Ty Moser added 108 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving.
Honer spotted something in the defense and thought he could beat them deep.
“Dawson (Honer) was the one who saw it. We were running plays and he kept saying the corner was biting hard,” Beachy said. “We ran the play-action pass and he was wide open and walked himself into the end zone.”
After a two-point conversion, Perham led 26-19 and never looked back.
Moments later, Martin LaFond stepped in front of a Blake Lane pass for a fourth-quarter interception.
The Yellowjackets then marched down field, working the clock, while looking to extend the lead. After the Yellowjackets threw an incomplete pass on third down, the Patriots defense had some hope when the Yellowjackets lined up for a field goal. But a sideline discussion led to a successful fake in which Beachy flipped a pass to LaFond, who scored from 14 yards out.
“I knew it would be open. We came out and in their eyes seemed pretty confident that we were going to kick the field goal,” Beachy said. “I told my dad (offensive coordinator Ryan Beachy) that we're going to put people out for routes and get a touchdown here.”
Tanner Knutson later sealed the win with his second interception of the game, stepping in front of a Lane pass. It was the Yellowjackets third interception of the game.
It was the second time in four years that the Yellowjackets had a game suspended due to weather. In 2013, the Yellowjackets defeated Detroit Lakes, 14-0, in a game that started on Friday and ended on a Saturday.
Perham improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest District, Red Division. They return home on Sept. 22 when they take on Thief River Falls at 7 p.m. for homecoming.
PER 6 6 6 14--32
PL 7 12 0 0--19
PL-Austin Young 31-yard pass from Blake Lane (Chase Larson kick)
PER-Ty Moser 40-yard pass from Jenson Beachy (run failed)
PL-Nathan Traut 44-yard run (pass failed)
PER-Beachy 11-yard run (pass failed)
PL-Traut 73-yard pass from Lane (run failed
PER-Moser 22-yard run (run failed)
PER-Dawson Honer 39-yard pass from Beachy (Zack Zajac pass from Martin LaFond)
PER- LaFond 14-yard pass from Beachy (kick failed)
Total Yards 363 281
Passing 186 149
Rushing 177 132
First Downs 20 14
Third Down Conversions 3/15 2/10
Fourth Down Conversions 7/8 2/3
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions 0 3
Jenson Beachy, 14/24, 186 yards, 3 TDs
Ty Moser, 17-108, TD
Jenson Beachy, 13-37, TD
Martin LaFond, 5-48, TD
Ty Moser, 3-69, TD
Dawson Honer, 3-48. TD
Zach Peterson, 11 total tackles
Domonic Erdman, 6 total tackles
Tanner Knutson, 2 INTs
Martin LaFond, INT
Blake Lane, 6/20, 2 TDs, 3 INTs
Nathan Traut, 13- 79, TD
Deven Psyc, 6-24
Nathan Traut, 2-83, TD
Austin Young, 2-35, TD
Nathan Traut, sack
John Urseth. fumble recovery