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Perham loses heartbreaker 20-14

In a game of inches, the Yellowjackets were one foot away from tying the score with under two minutes to play. On second and goal, a Jordan Hein fumble at the goal line was recovered by the Prowlers in the end zone to seal a 20-14 Section 8-3A first round playoff victory for Thief River Falls.

Tied at 14 at the end of the third quarter, Perham had the ball near midfield when a fumble on a hand off exchange gave possession to the Prowlers in Yellowjacket territory to start the final period.

A questionable defensive pass interference flag on third down and five gave the Prowlers a first down at the Perham 23. Two plays later Ralph Williams would score from five yards out with 7:30 remaining. The point after kick was blocked leaving the Yellowjackets with plenty of time on the clock and the opportunity to drive the field for the win.

Hein led a 13-play drive into driving rain from his own 36 all the way to the goal line, including a fourth and one conversion on his own 45. Aside from a two-yard run from Mike Wiskow, Hein put the game on his shoulders gaining the remaining 63 yards of the drive only to come up short fumbling at the goal line with 1:21 remaining.

An unsportsmanlike conduct flag combined with the touchback gave the Prowlers the ball on their own 35. Thief River Falls ran the clock down to under 10 seconds before punting Perham deep into their own territory with five seconds left. The final Yellowjacket offensive play of the year went for a loss at their own two.

Wiskow ran for 135 yards on 16 carries. He scored both Perham touchdowns on the ground from four and 34 yards. Wiskow's 135 yards rushing was over one-third of his season total of 319. Hein carried the ball 19 times for 76 yards and connected on six passes on 10 attempts for 33 yards.

The Prowlers had 298 total yards all on the ground to the 227 rushing and 30 passing for a Yellowjacket total of 260 yards.

The Yellowjackets held leads of 7-0 and 7-6 in the second quarter and 14-6 at the half.

Perham ends the season with a record of 2-7.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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