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2014 Fall Football Camp Tour: Perham Yellowjackets

Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - You'd be hard pressed to find a more consistent high school team in our area than the Perham Yellowjackets. Only one time in the last decade have they failed to win a playoff game.


This year's version of the Jackets will be tested, having graduated nearly its entire starting lineup from last year's team that finished with 6 wins and 4 losses.

After two consecutive state tournament appearances Perham fell short of that goal last season, and the players haven't forgotten.

Mason Malikowski/Perham Sr. Quarterback: “To remember this feeling, of how it felt to be out before the section finals and not make it to the dome or anything like that. It's led us to working out in the offseason a lot more than last year.”

That training has coincided with some team bonding, something necessary for a team that returns just 7 starters, including only one on offense.

Nathan Currier/Perham Sr. WR-DB: “After you make a good play or a really bad play you have people picking you up. They have your back no matter what.”

The Yellowjackets may be short on experience, but they're bursting at the seams with confidence. Why? Because a lot of the players on this year's team were part of last year's JV squad, that happened to go undefeated. 

Mike Jordahl/Perham Head Coach: “They're skilled. I think our overall team speed is pretty good. Biggest of all, I think they're mentally and physically tough kids.”

Malikowski: “Years previous, there have been huge targets on our back and this year I think we're a little bit more of an underdog. We're a little hungry to get the guys that happened to get us last year, I guess.”

But, in order to make room for feasting on their opponents, they're coach says they'll have to get rid of the Friday night butterflies.

Jordahl: “Friday nights are just electric. That's the big difference is the electricity on the football field and the excitement. Everything that happens on that evening is just hard to explain. You just have to feel it and experience it to know it.”

And for the Yellowjackets that experience will come away from home, with their first three games of the season on the road.

Perham opens with rival Pelican Rapids next Friday.

Here's a link to the W-DAY video

Jody Norstedt

Jody Norstedt is WDAY/WDAZ's weekend sports anchor and reporter. The Montevideo, MN native joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as WDAZ's weekend sports anchor in Grand Forks in June of 2008. As time went on, he transitioned to Fargo and is now the sports anchor for our weekend WDAY/WDAZ newscasts.  Jody has helped the WDAY sports staff earn numerous awards, including the 2015 MBJA Sevareid Award for Sportscast/Program for the team's submission of "First Down Friday". Jody said the highlight of his career, although it's so tough to pick only one, was covering the 2011 LPGA U.S. Open in Colorado Springs, CO when Oxbow's Amy Anderson held the lead as an 18-year old. He is also a proud graduate of St. Cloud State University and an avid college hockey fan, despite never playing the game himself. Go Huskies! Jody can relate to the heartache and the hope of Minnesota sports fans, he has been cheering for the Twins, Wild, Vikings, and Timberwolves his entire life. The thing he likes most about his job is the passion that this area has for sports and the opportunities to cover so many teams, athletes and outdoor activities across North Dakota and Minnesota. In 2012, he married his wife Amy (Unrau) who joined the WDAY/WDAZ team as a weekend news anchor/reporter. Together, the two have enjoyed volunteering in the community and providing viewers with the best local news and sports coverage in the Red River Valley.   Jody enjoys going for runs, being active in his church community, spending time with family & friends, travelling and the ups and downs of being a homeowner. If you have a sports story idea or a homeowner tip, send it his way.  You can "like" Jody's page on Facebook or follow him on twitter:@J_Norstedt

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