Yellowjackets thump Roseau
All season Head Coach Mike Jordahl has stated his offense needs a few more reps to get in synch and start really moving the football. That came to pass at home versus Roseau, as Perham put the hurt on the Rams in a 46-20 blowout.
"We were looking for this break out game and they broke it wide open," Jordahl said.
The starting defense gave up only one score in the second quarter. The remainder of Roseau's points came against the back-ups late in the game.
Perham, from the starters on down, played a consistent game in all three areas of play.
"We've played solid defense throughout the year and our offense has been struggling. We were able to get the ground game established early and we came back with outstanding special teams play."
Jordan Hein got the scoring started early on a 54-yard run. The Jackets scored the first three times they touched the ball. Desmine Duffy scored on a one-yard run with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Hein, a sophomore, would add the third Perham touchdown 90 seconds later from two yards out.
"Jordan played a real nice game for us. It's really neat to see his growth."
A three-and-out drive would separate the opening string of three scoring drives and the following four straight scoring opportunities to put the game well out of reach by halftime.
Hein took a quarterback sneak up the middle for 31 yards to make the score 27-6.
Duffy returned a punt 64 yards for a score and it was all Jackets 34-6 at the break.
The second half showcased more of the same as Hein hit Ty Haverland at the goal line to put the Jackets up 40-6. Duffy scored for a third time in a monster effort from 52 yards out. Hein hit him in the flat and Duffy ran away from Ram defenders capping the Perham scoring and making the game a laugher at 46-6.
"We couldn't be peaking at a better time. We're running at a level right now we're really excited about."
Hein rushed 13 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns. He was 4-6 passing for 75 yards and two more scores.
Duffy led all receivers making three grabs for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Duffy completed the rare feat of scoring touchdowns rushing, receiving and on special teams.
The Perham offense, which usually likes to move the ball with the short passing game, stuck to the ground for most of the contest.
"We like to throw the football but anytime they're going to give us opportunities to keep the ball on the ground it's even better."
Perham outgained Roseau 301 to 203 in total yards. First downs were close 14-11 in favor of Perham. In fact, on paper the game looked close. The difference was Perham's ability to come up with a variety of big plays, something that has been missing offensively this season.
The Yellowjackets will be a dangerous team in the playoffs if they can maintain this level of play.