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Perham picks off Pirates 13-6

Tyler Glines makes one of his two interceptions in the game. Photos by Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 6
Glines' second interception nearly sealed the game for Perham late in the fourth quarter.2 / 6
Jarrod Rieber is brought down after making the game-clinching interception with three seconds remaining.3 / 6
Payton Jordahl scored both of Perham's touchdowns Friday night.4 / 6
Crookston's Patrick Deng battles Jamie Hietala for a fourth down pass in the end zone that fell incomplete.5 / 6
Cole Schmitz, Perham's leading tackler, got some time with the rock on offense on this carry.6 / 6

PERHAM — Tyler Glines had two key interceptions; Payton Jordahl scored twice and Perham outlasted the Crookston Pirates in a game of gaffes 13-6 Friday night in Heart O’ Lakes Conference-North football action.

“We have to stay sharp mentally and just focus and clean up some of the unnecessary penalties,” Head Coach Mike Jordahl said. “We need to just be crisp and clean.”

The final five drives of the game were anything but, ending in turnovers from both squads leaving the outcome of the game in jeopardy in a nutty fourth quarter where neither team could capitalize.

Both teams turned turnovers into points on the game’s first two scores.

Payton Jordahl scored from seven yards out at 3:08 of the second quarter capping a five-play 36-yard drive. Colin Neitzke set up the drive when he intercepted Aaron Hollcraft to give Perham the ball.

Perham took the second half kickoff and drove into Pirates’ territory where Emannuel McCollough forced a Brandon Olson fumble and scored on a 54-yard return. Olson redeemed himself blocking the point-after try to keep Perham in the lead 7-6.

The final score of the game was of a more conventional variety.

Josh Still

Jordahl scored in the final minute of the third quarter from the three-yard line. Josh Still returned a punt 26 yards from midfield to set Perham up at the Crookston 22.

Still, Olson and Jordahl each ran once to move inside the five leading to Jordahl’s touchdown. The PAT snap was off and kicker Nick Bahls’ pass attempt fell incomplete. Perham led 13-6 headed to a wacky fourth quarter.

Glines nabbed the first of his two interceptions of Crookston quarterback Aaron Hollcraft at the Crookston 41 and returned the ball to the 23.

Perham went backwards four yards on four plays.

Crookston drove to the Perham 25. Jordahl forced a Blake Bergeron fumble recovered by Brevin Becker at the Perham 21.

Perham pushed back to the Crookston red zone at the 20. Brandt Delage ended the drive intercepting Eli Beachy at the Crookston seven-yard line.

Crookston again drove back down the field to the Perham 25 but Glines picked off Hollcraft inside the five-yard line with 34 seconds to play.

Jordahl took the first handoff and sprinted 32 yards before fumbling the ball into the hands of Patrick Deng at the 39 giving Crookston new life and 23 seconds to use it.

Hollcraft hit Ryan Porter for 30 yards to the Perham nine with 16 ticks remaining.

Crookston had two shots at the end zone from the nine. Hollcraft’s first pass intended for Parker Epema was incomplete.

Perham’s Jarrod Rieber intercepted a Hollcraft floater at the five-yard line to ice the game and send quarterback Eli Beachy onto the field to take a knee in victory formation.

“I don’t feel like I was supposed to be there, but I’m happy I was,” Rieber said. “We kept our heads up.”

“A win is a win,” Payton Jordahl said. “One thing that we can look after is how so many things went wrong for us tonight and the scoreboard shows that we won.”

Perham turned the ball over four times and had nine penalties for 70 yards.

“This is one of those games that is going to help us..we’ve got a lot of football ahead of us,” said Jordahl.

“We just need to protect the rock a little better and we will,” Coach Jordahl said.

First downs were even with 12 for each team. Perham held a distinct advantage in total yards 325-201. 250 of Perham’s yards came on the ground.

Jordahl rushed 17 times for 135 and two touchdowns.

Hollcraft led Crookston with 57 yards. Delage and Mike Hajostek, who combined for more than 200 yards last week were held to 27 by the Perham defense.

Cole Schmitz continued his prowess on defense leading Perham with 13 tackles, 10 solo and two for a loss.

Hollcraft was 8-17 passing for 88 yards and was picked off by Perham four times,

Crookston fumbled twice and lost the ball both times. Perham put the ball on the ground five times losing it thrice.

Perham had a five minute advantage in time of possession 26:35 - 21:25.

Scores from other HOL-North teams were:

Detroit Lakes 48, Staples-Motley 6;

Park Rapids Area 14, Pequot Lakes 12;

Thief River Falls 28, East Grand Forks 21.

DL, Park Rapids and Perham are all 2-0 in the HOL. Thief River Falls is 2-1.

Blowouts were the name of the game in the HOL-Classic.

Pelican Rapids 57, Warroad 18;

Hawley 47, Roseau 0;

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 33 Breckenridge 7.

Hawley is alone in first at 3-0. Pelican Rapids and Breckenridge are 2-1. D-G-F is 1-1.

New York Mills improved to 2-2 thumping K-M-S in Murdock 40-0.

Crookston Pirates... 0 0 6 0 - 6

Perham Yellowjackets 0 7 6 0 - 13

Scoring Summary:

2nd 03:08 PER - Payton Jordahl 7 yd run (Nick Bahls kick)

5 plays, 36 yards, TOP 1:49, CRO 0 - PER 7

3rd 10:30 CRO - E. McCollough 54 yd fumble recovery (Joey Koening kick blockd)

CRO 6 - PER 7

00:34 PER - Payton Jordahl 3 yd run (TEAM pass failed)

4 plays, 22 yards, TOP 0:49, CRO 6 - PER 13


FIRST DOWNS................... 12 12

Rushing..................... 4 8

Passing..................... 6 4

Penalty..................... 2 0

NET YARDS RUSHING............. 94 250

Rushing Attempts............ 33 49

Average Per Rush............ 2.8 5.1

Yards Gained Rushing........ 119 299

Yards Lost Rushing.......... 25 49

NET YARDS PASSING............. 107 75

Completions-Attempts-Int.... 9-18-4 5-15-1

Average Per Attempt......... 5.9 5.0

Average Per Completion...... 11.9 15.0

TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... 201 325

Total offense plays......... 51 64

Average Gain Per Play....... 3.9 5.1

Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... 2-2 5-3

Penalties: Number-Yards....... 5-35 9-70

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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