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PHS Football: Pequot Lakes upsets #5-AAA Perham

A record setting night by Perham quarterback Ben Bucholz and his receiving corps wasn't enough to keep the Yellowjackets among the ranks of the unbeaten last Friday night. Pequot Lakes overcame Bucholz's big night to knock off the Jackets, 35-32, and take over first place in the Heart O' Lakes Conference North Division.

Unable to get much of a ground game going against the Patriots, Perham went to the air. Bucholz went 21-for-35 for 332 yards passing with five touchdowns. His completions (21), yards and TD passes are all school records.

Bucholz's big night led to one of his receivers breaking a school record as well. Charlie Schmitz broke a 41-year-old PHS mark with 171 receiving yards. He also tied a record with many other pass catchers with two TD receptions.

That was not enough to overcome Pequot Lakes' powerful running attack. The Patriots rushed for 382 yards and averaged 9.6 yards per rush.

Pequot Lakes also showed they have some breakaway speed, as they showed early in the second quarter on a 97-yard TD run to open the scoring after a 0-0 first quarter.

Both teams failed to finish off long drives in the first quarter. Pequot Lakes took the opening kick nine plays, but were stopped on a fourth and five at the Perham 16. The Jackets then took the ball 71 yards on 18 plays, using 8:09 off the clock. But they too were stopped on a fourth down conversion inside the Patriot red-zone.

Once Pequot Lakes started the scoring early in the second, the two teams went back-and-forth the rest of the half. Perham got on the board on a 34-yard pass from Bucholz to Tim Hermann, only to see the Patriots march down and score again themselves for a 13-6 lead.

The Jackets put together another drive at the end of the second quarter, scoring on a 12-yard pass from Bucholz to Ben Waldon with just 1:14 to play in the half.

But that was more than enough time for Pequot Lakes, who needed just three plays to go 67 yards in 32 seconds for one last TD before the half to take a 20-20 lead into the locker room.

Perham scored the only points of the third quarter, a 10-yard TD pass from Bucholz to Alex Phelps. But the third missed two-point conversion left the Jackets down 20-18.

The fourth quarter became another shoot out, starting with Perham taking the lead on the first play of the final period on a 24-yard pass from Bucholz. A fourth failed 2-point conversion left the Jackets lead at 24-20.

Pequot Lakes answered with a nine play, 84-yard drive to regain the lead on a 16-yard TD run.

It didn't take long for Perham to answer, as Schmitz scored his second TD on a 67-catch and run. They finally scored on a two-point conversion, and with 5:43 to play, the Jackets had a 32-27 lead.

But Perham had left at least four extra points on the field, possibly as much as eight points with failed two-point conversions, which could have pushed their lead to nine or more.

That would prove to be the difference in the game, as Pequot Lakes put together an 11-play, 63-yard drive to score the go-ahead touchdown with just 48 seconds left in the game to go up, 33-32. Their two-point run finished the scoring at 35-32.

The Jackets will return home to Meinhover Field on Oct. 9 to host Roseau. The Rams (0-5, 0-3 HOL North) are coming off a 40-32 loss to Thief River Falls. They are scoring 18.8 points per game, while allowing 35.6.

Perham has beaten the Rams six straight times, including a 28-14 win in Roseau last year. The Rams last victory in the series came in the 2002 Section 8AAA championship game when they advanced to State with a 46-37 win.

Record setting night

Perham's offense set several new school records Friday at Pequot Lakes

• Most passes completed in a game - 21 Ben Bucholz, breaks old record of 20 set by Marcus Hendrickson on 10/25/2005 vs Warroad.

• Most passing yards in a game - 332 Ben Bucholz, breaks old record of 276 set by Dan Schroeder on 10/10/1975 at Dilworth

• Most TD passes in game - 5 Ben Bucholz, breaks old record of 4 set by Marcus Hendrickson on 9/21/2007 vs Roseau

• Most yards receiving in game - 171 Charlie Schmitz, breaks old record of 158 set by Duane Perszyk on 9/20/1968 vs Dilworth.

• Most TD receptions - 2 Charlie Schmitz, ties record held by many.

Friday, October 2

Pequot Lakes 35, #5-AAA Perham 32

Perham 0-12-6-14--32

Pequot Lakes 0-20-0-15--35

Second Quarter

PL--Michaelson 97 run (Michaelson kick) 11:43

Per--Tim Hermann 34 pass from Ben Bucholz (run failed) 8:23

PL--Greer 1 run (kick failed) 4:43

Per--Ben Waldon 12 pass from Bucholz (pass failed) 1:14

PL--Engen 43 run (Michaelson kick) :42

Third Quarter

Per--Alex Phelps 10 pass from Bucholz (pass failed) 6:43

Fourth Quarter

Per--Charlie Schmitz 24 pass from Bucholz (run failed) 11:47

PL--Chambers 16 run (Michaelson kick) 7:02

Per--Schmitz 67 pass from Bucholz (Harvey McMahon run) 5:43

PL--Engen 2 run (Michaelson run) :48

Perham PL

1st Downs 22 19

Rush--yds 28-81 40-382

Pass yds 332 55

Comp--Att-In 21-35-1 4-10-1

Return yds 139 91

Sacks-yds 0-0 2-15

Punts-ave 0-0 0-0

Fbles-lost 5-0 5-0

Pen-yds 2-20 4-26

3rd Downs 2-10 6-9

4th Downs 6-7 0-2

Possession 26:24 21:36

Individual Statistics

Rushing--McMahoon 12-40; Bucholz 10-21; Chris Scheidecker 5-17; Hermann 1-3.

Passing--Bucholz 21-35-1, 332 yds, 5 TD

Receiving--Schmitz 8-171-2; Waldon 5-65-1; Hermann 2-48-1; McMahon 2-17; Phelps 2-14-1; Scheidecker 1-9; Cody Soderstrom 1-8.

Defense--(Solo-Assist): Schmitz (6-5); Matt Dreyer (6-3); McMahon (4-4); Waldon (2-6); Soderstrom (2-2), Int;

HOL North Conf. All

Pequot Lakes 3-0 4-1

#5-AAA Perham 3-1 4-1

Thief River Falls 3-1 3-2

East Grand Forks 2-2 2-3

Park Rapids 1-2 2-3

Crookston 1-4 1-4

Roseau 0-3 0-5

HOL Classic Conf. All

#8-AAA Staples-Motley 3-0 5-0

#7-AA D-G-F 3-0 5-0

Breckenridge 3-1 3-2

West Central Area 1-2 3-2

Pelican Rapids 1-2 1-4

Warroad 1-3 2-3

Wadena-Deer Creek 0-4 0-5