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Jacket offense in full swing in season opener

Sam Muer found the end zone twice in Perham's win over bitter rivals Pelican Rapids to get the Yellowjackets off to a 1-0 start to the season. Photos by Kim Jordahl/Thru Him Photography

PELICAN RAPIDS — Sam Muer scored two touchdowns, while Cole Schmitz topped the 100-yard rushing mark and the Perham offense found the end zone five times in a high-scoring 36-21 victory over archrival Pelican Rapids to open the season Friday night.

Muer (42), Schmitz (103) and quarterback Mason Malikowski (87) combined for 232 of Perham’s 237 rushing yards and each scored a touchdown.

The Vikings took a 7-0 lead on their opening drive when quarterback Blaine Gorton rushed from seven yards out with 4:50 left in the first quarter.

Perham answered with two second quarter scores when Malikowski hit Josh Germolus from 11 yards, set up by a 55-yard run by Malikowski to get into the red zone. Malikowski scored on a two-point conversion for an 8-7 lead.

Schmitz scored from 17 yards, after Perham capitalized on a Dylan Perrine interception of Gorton to give the Jackets the ball in Vikings’ territory, leading 14-7 with 4:05 left in the half.

Gauge Lee tied the game busting a 53-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds remaining to send the teams to the break knotted at 14.

Muer scored back-to-back touchdowns in a third quarter owned by Perham on a 22-yard run and a 20-yard pass from Malikowski to open up the game 28-14.

Malikowski was 6-10 passing for 102 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Muer hauled in two grabs for a team-leading 62 yards, giving him over 100 yards of total offense on the night.

Nathan Currier also had two catches for 20 yards.

The teams traded scores in the fourth quarter.

Gorton cut Perham’s lead to 28-21 with a one-yard touchdown run with 3:35 remaining in the game but the Yellowjacket sealed the win on a Malikowski three-yard touchdown run with less than a minute to play.

First downs were 16-14 Pelican Rapids. Rushing was even. Perham gained 237 yards to 235 for the Vikings.

Passing was nearly identical, as well. Malikowski's 102 yards in the air was matched by Gorton's 103.

Total offense was mirrored with Perham gaining one more yard 339-338.

Pelican had the advantage in time of possession 28:58 to 19:02. Most of the differential coming in the fourth quarter when Pelican had the ball 9:08 to only 2:52 for Perham.

Perham 36, Pelican Rapids 21

PER 0 14 14 8 – 36

PEL  7  7   0  7 – 21

PEL– Gorton 7 run (H. Diaz kick)

PER– Germolus 11 pass from Malikowski (Malikowski run)

PER– Schmitz 17 run (run failed)

PEL– Lee 53 run (H. Diaz kick)

PER– Muer 22 run (Muer run)

PER– Muer 20 pass from Malikowski (pass failed)

PEL– Gorton 1 run (H. Diaz kick)

PER– Malikowski 3 run (Winkels run)

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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