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Hein and the Jackets smashing school football records (UPDATED)

The record-breaking Yellowjackets are two wins away from Perham's first-ever state football title. Robert Williams/FOCUS

In a season with a near perfect record of 10-1, the Perham Yellowjackets have broken and are on the verge of breaking a load of school individual and team football single-season records. Perham football fans are seeing history in the making, as the Yellowjackets are two victories away from the school's first-ever state football championship.

Jordan Hein is rewriting the record books.

Hein has broken four records in the past two games.

At Duluth, Hein set and will add to a new single-season record of 1,608 yards rushing breaking the old mark of 1,566 set by Eric Erickson in 1997.

Hein also passed Erickson's mark of 1,668 all-purpose yards by accumulating 1,700.

Erickson's mark of 130.5 rushing yards per game is in jeopardy with Hein closing in averaging 146.2 heading into the state semifinals.

The school record for Most Total Offensive Yards Gained in a game with 373 yards (217 rush, 156 pass) against Park Rapids. The former record was set by Ben Bucholz against Roseau on Oct. 9, 2009. Bucholz had 354 Total Offensive Yards (86 rush, 268 pass).

Total offense per game is currently held by Bucholz with 238.0 yards per game. Hein is averaging 247.0 per game.

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

Earlier in the season, Hein passed Pete Guck for the all-time career rushing leader.

Total points scored in a season is currently held by Hanson with 148 points, 24TD and 4 PAT. Hein has 22 offensive touchdowns, one on defense and one rushing PAT, and has scored 140 points. With one touchdown, Hein would tie Hanson's 24 season TD mark and be on the verge of the all-time scoring mark.

Hein owns the record of 2,779 total offensive yards. He set that in 2011. He currently has 2,717 and will surely break his own mark Saturday at Metrodome.

Hein also owns the record number of rush attempts of 242 set last season. He will start the Blue Earth Area game with 215 attempts this year.

Chris Grismer (1999) holds the average all-purpose yards per game mark with 150 ypg. Hein is currently averaging 154.5 AP yards per game. A typical Hein performance in the next one to two games will give him that mark, as well.

Hein isn't the only Yellowjacket sliding former players down the record lists.

Perham defensive back Josh Nordick intercepted two passes to surpass Charlie Nelson as the Perham All-Time Career Interceptions leader. Nelson had 10 interceptions from 1986-89. Nordick's second interception was the 11th of his career with the possibility of two more games for the senior.

Nordick led the Heart O' Lakes Conference with five regular season interceptions. His two on Saturday set the new Perham single-season record for interceptions with seven.

Nordick is second all-time with 117 interception return yards. Ray Schmitz has a steady hold on the record with 258 yards returned in 1950. Nordick passed Eric Weller's 2006 mark of 114 yards.

Payton Jordahl has 44 assisted tackles, which ties him with Charlie Schmitz (2009) for second all-time, behind Nathan Schmitz' 2007 total of 51.

Eric Brauch currently holds the school record of average yards per catch with last year's seven grabs for 194 yards and an average of 27.71 yards per catch. This season, Brauch has 24 catches for 342 yards averaging 31.1 yards per grab.

Should the Yellowjackets continue their mad scoring pace, kicker Nick Bahls has a shot at breaking Dan Meyer's 1989 record of 36 extra points kicked in a season. Bahls currently has 27. He is currently fifth behind Jesse Hein's 33 last season, Kurt Weber's 32 in 2007 and Chris Ceynowa's 30 in 1988.

Bahls is also one PAT kick attempt away from tying Jesse Hein's single-season record of 40 set last season.

No Yellowjacket has ever returned more than one kickoff for a touchdown in a season. That leaves Josh Still, who returned the opening kick of the season at Pelican Rapids, in line to make a mark should he find a hole at Metrodome. Still's 265 kick return yards have him at ninth all-time. Still's average of 29.4 yards per return is fourth all-time.

Team single-season records are on the verge of dropping like flies, as well.

Perham has rushed for 2,879 yards this year, second all-time. The record is 3,090 from 2003.

Perham has 498 rushing attempts, third all-time. The 2006 club rushed 521 times, the 2003 Yellowjackets rushed 520 times.

Perham has 36 rushing touchdowns, third all-time. The record is 39 from 2003 and the 2002 Jackets had 37.

Perham's 3,988 total offensive yards ranks third all-time, behind 4,145 from 2009 and the top mark of 4,589 set in 2007.

The average of 362.5 offensive yards per game ranks third behind 376.8 in 2009 and 380.4 in 2003.

The team's all-purpose yardage total of 4,901 ranks fourth - 5,658 is the high mark set in 2007. Perham's average AP yards per game of 445.5 is third behind 449.9 in 2003 and 459.5 in 2009.

This year's total points amount to 343, third behind 347 in 2007 and 387 in 2009.

51 team touchdowns is second behind 58 in 2009.

The 2011 team leads with 40 kick returns for 663 yards. This year's team has only 30 returns, tenth all-time, but ranks seventh with 550 return yards.

The defense is second all-time with 18 interceptions, tied with 1982 and two back of 2007's 20 INTs.

The combined interception return yards this year of 251 ranks fourth behind 256 in 2011. The 1950 team leads with 273.

781 tackles from this year's defense ranks them sixth all-time in season tackles. The 2007 team leads with 952.

132 yards via tackles from loss is currently ninth all-time.

12 sacks ranks ninth while 62 yards from sacks ranks eighth.

Assuredly, there are a number of career records at stake, also. Those will be visited at the end of the season.

Many thanks to Ron Berns for accumulating the extensive load of data on Perham football history. Without his tireless efforts to keep such precise records, information like this would be nearly impossible to share. If you would like to dig around in Ron's archives of local football and baseball history, visit his site at

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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