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No. 5 Perham powers past Park Rapids for section championship

Josh Nordick, Jordan Hein and Scott Graham hold up Perham's second consecutive Section 8AAA championship trophy at Friday's post-game ceremonies. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 10
Wide receiver Eric Brauch stretches out for yardage after making a reception late in Perham's section title victory at Fargodome. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 10
Payton Jordahl found plenty of daylight up the middle against the Panthers' defense on Gate City Bank Field. Robert Williams/FOCUS3 / 10
Jordan Hein opened up the scoring on a four-yard touchdown run to put Perham up early. The Yellowjackets never trailed in the game. Robert Williams/FOCUS4 / 10
Austin Erickson fought through this double team to tackle Ian Johnson for a loss on a night the Perham run defense forced Park Rapids to pass. Robert Williams/FOCUS5 / 10
Payton Jordahl (25) gets a lead block, while Jordan Hein pitches to Nick Bahls. Bahls had a highlight-reel 34-yard touchdown run to give Perham a 13-0 lead. Robert Williams/FOCUS6 / 10
Jordan Hein (7) and Josh Still enjoy the first of eight Yellowjacket trips to the end zone. Robert Williams/FOCUS7 / 10
Luke Sailer's (8) block on Andy Waller (76) assured the corner and a 22-yard interception touchdown return for Jordan Hein. Robert Williams/FOCUS8 / 10
Josh Nordick makes a catch in between Zach Eystad (9) and Rilee Johnson (22). Robert Williams/FOCUS9 / 10
Park Rapids quarterback Tyler McCollum had an impressive showing keeping the Panthers within striking distance for three quarters. Here he escapes the rush of Perham's Brandon Olson. Robert Williams/FOCUS10 / 10

FARGO - Jordan Hein has one word written on each of the black strips he wears under each eye. One reads "Hein," the other reads "Time."

Those two words summed up the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 football championship game Friday at Gate City Bank Field.

The Perham senior quarterback had a hand in six touchdowns, including one defensive score. That performance helped vault the No. 5-ranked Yellowjackets to a 51-26 victory against Park Rapids at the Fargodome.

"We're getting spoiled," Perham head coach Mike Jordahl said. "We're going to have him for a few more games, hopefully, and that's going to be it. He's a special, special person, he's a great kid and he's really something else on the field, too."

Perham (9-1) earned its second consecutive section championship. The Yellowjackets are scheduled to play Esko (8-2) at 3 p.m. next Saturday in Duluth, Minn., in the state quarterfinals.

"It really speaks volumes mostly of our kids," Jordahl said. "It's just a really unique group of kids."

Hein finished with an eye-popping stat line. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts. Hein completed 8 of 18 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.

"I couldn't do it without my teammates," Hein said. "Everything they do helps me, and we all believe in each other. It's a team effort."

Park Rapids erupted for 20 points in the third quarter to challenge Perham, which had a 25-6 halftime lead.

Panthers senior Zach Eystad sparked the rally with a 59-yard touchdown catch and a 67-yard touchdown run. Park Rapids quarterback Tyler McCollum tossed a 36-yard touchdown to Ian Johnson, cutting the Perham lead to 31-26 with 1 minute, 47 seconds to play in the third quarter.

"It was a little bit spooky there for us," Jordahl said.

"Our guys didn't give up," Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris said. "They gave it their all and finished the game strong."

Hein helped make sure the Panthers' rally fell short. Hein scored on a 2-yard run and added a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Glines. Glines' touchdown catch gave Perham a 44-26 lead with 5:15 remaining. Perham scored the game's final 20 points to pull away late.

"Hein is a very special player and Perham is going to go a ways with that guy at the helm," Morris said. "He does a very good job of running that team. He is a great leader and a great athlete."

Park Rapids was playing for a section championship for the first time since 1985, Morris said.

"I'm very proud of what these guys accomplished for Park Rapids this year," Morris said.

According to Perham statistician Ron Berns, Hein set the school record for Most Total Offensive Yards Gained in a game with 373 yards (217 rush, 156 pass). The former record was set by Ben Bucholz against Roseau on Oct. 9, 2009. Bucholz had 354 Total Offensive Yards (86 rush, 268 pass)

Hein also set a season record with 20 rushing touchdowns in a season. The old record was 19 set by Melvin 'Fritz' Hanson in 1930 and Jordan Hein in 2011.

The Yellowjackets set two team records Friday night.

First was Total Offensive Yards Gained in a game with 593 yards (437 rush, 156 pass). The old record was set against Roseau on Oct. 9, 2009 with 505 yards (237 rush, 268 pass).

The second record was Most All Purpose Yards in a game with 716 yards. The old record was set against Crookston on Sept. 23, 2011 with 682 yards. All Purpose Yards are: Rushing, Receiving, Punt Returns, Kickoff Returns and Interception Returns.

PR 0 6 20 0-26

P 13 12 6 20-51

P-Hein 4 run (Bahls kick)

P-Bahls 34 run (kick failed)

P-Hein 22 interception return (pass failed)

PR-Dirks 1 run (kick blocked)

P-Beachy 13 pass from Hein (run failed)

PR-Eystad 59 pass from McCollum (Gartner run)

PR-Eystad 67 run (run failed)

P-Hein 5 run (kick failed)

PR-Johnson 36 pass from McCollum (pass failed)

P-Hein 2 run (kick failed)

P-Glines 32 pass from Hein (Brauch kick)

P-Still 51 run (Brauch kick)


RUSHING: PR, Eystad 2-67, Dirks 5-23, Johnson 8-19, Gartner 9-17, McCollum 3-10, Burlingame 2-10, Olson 1-4, Massie 2-1. PER, Hein 27-204, Jordahl 16-108, Still 2-59, Bahls 2-39, Beachy 1-9, Erickson 3-7, Olson 1-1, Sailer 1-0.

PASSING: PR, McCollum 10-22-3 237 yards, Johnson 0-1-0 0. PER, Hein 8-18-0 158.

RECEIVING: PR, Johnson 5-122, Eystad 1-59, Dirks 2-27, Goplerud 2-19. PER, Glines 3-65, Brauch 1-34, Nordick 2-31, Bahls 1-15, Beachy 1-13.