Jackets batter Rams to 40-28 win.

By John George Like a heavyweight fighter, Perham's football team kept taking Roseau's best punches, while feeling their way through the early rounds. But by mid-fight, the Yellowjackets started taking control, and wound up with a ...

By John George

Like a heavyweight fighter, Perham's football team kept taking Roseau's best punches, while feeling their way through the early rounds. But by mid-fight, the Yellowjackets started taking control, and wound up with a unanimous decision, a 40-28 win in the Section 8AAA semifinals Saturday at Meinhover Field.

Both teams spent the first quarter struggling to find offensive rhythm. It was fitting that a defensive play set up the first score. Perham quarterback Marcus Hendrickson was stripped of the ball with the Rams recovering at the Jacket 24 late in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Roseau scored to go up 7-0.

After limping through their first two series on offense, the Jackets got things running on their third. Nathan Schmitz began tearing apart the Roseau defense, taking five hand-offs and gathering 49 yards, including a 17-yard ramble to the Ram 17-yard line. Hendrickson hit Sam Rutten for a first and goal, then took the ball in himself from nine yards out. Hendrickson connected with Mac Stoll for a two-point conversion to put Perham up, 8-7.


Undaunted by the quick strike, Roseau proceeded to put together a 16-play, 70-yard drive, capped by Michael Lee's second touchdown, to go up 14-8 with just :34 before halftime.

Perham took advantage of a 37-yard kick return by Charlie Schmitz to set up shop at midfield before the half. Runs of 19 and five yards by Hendrickson set up a 26-yard scoring pass to Stoll with 1:07 left in the second quarter. Kurt Weber's extra point gave Perham a 15-14 lead at the half.

The Jackets came out of the locker room at halftime and took control of the game in the third quarter. They opened the period with a 60-yard scoring drive, taking just 1:39 off the clock. Stoll completed the five-play drive with a three-yard run.

Roseau started driving with their next possession, until Perham forced a fumble and recovered at their own 30. This time, Perham marched 70 yards on eight plays in just three minutes. Schmitz's 26-yard TD run put the Jackets up 27-14.

Another turnover, this time an interception by Stoll, set up a 12-yard TD run by Jordan Woessner to give Perham a 33-14 lead by the end of the quarter.

"It all starts with the lines," Schmitz said of the Jackets dominance as the game wore on. "We dominated up front on defense as the game went on. The guys up front open the holes so the linebackers can make the plays. They let us clean up."

Schmitz said it was the same on the other side of the ball.

"The 'O' line did a great job," he continued. "They gave Marcus the time he needed and opened up all the holes to make it easy for us backs."


Roseau added two late scores and the Jackets got some insurance with an 11-yard TD pass from Hendrickson to Gus Rutten with 7:10 left to play.

Perham's 'O' line opened up enough holes for Schmitz to rumble for 176 yards on 19 carries, an average of 9.3 per carry. The Jackets as a team averaged 8.6 yards per run as they collected 341 yards on the ground and 427 yards of total offense.


The win sets up a rematch for the Section 8AAA title with defending champ Thief River Falls. TRF, ranked No. 6, beat Park Rapids in the other section semifinal, 35-6.

The Jackets have played TRF in the last two 8AAA Championship games. The Prowlers beat Perham 48-6 in 2005, then won a closer game in 2006, 18-7. Both years, TRF lost in the State quarterfinals.

Saturday, October 27

8AAA Semifinals

#2 Perham 40, #3 Roseau 28


Roseau 0-14-0-14--28

Perham 0-15-18-7--40

Second Quarter

Ros--Lee 10 run (Onland kick) 11:54

Per--Marcus Hendrickson 9 run (Mac Stoll pass from Hendrickson) 8:18

Ros--Lee 4 run (Onland kick) 1:34

Per--Stoll 26 pass from Hendrickson (Kurt Weber kick) 1:07

Third Quarter

Per--Stoll 3 run (pass failed) 10:21

Per--Nathan Schmitz 26 run (kick wide) 4:34

Per--Woessner 12 run (run failed) 2:54

Fourth Quarter

Ros--Fabian 9 pass from Lee (kick failed) 11:54

Per--Gus Rutten 11 pass from Hendrickson (Weber kick) 7:10

Ros--Lee 8 run (Fabian pass from Lee) 6:17

Perham Roseau

1st Downs 22 19

Rush--yds 40-341 54-200

Pass yds 86 92

Return yds 74 136

Comp--Att-In 6-10-1 7-13-1

Sacks-yds 1-6 0-0

Punts-ave 1-32 2-15.0

Fbles-lost 2-1 2-1

Pen-yds 5-51 4-19

3rd Down 5-7 9-13

4th Down 0-0 0-1

FG 0-0 0-0

Possession 21:22 25:24

Individual Statistics

Rushing--N. Schmitz 19-176-1; Hendrickson 14-123-1; Stoll 3-28-1; Woessner 3-16-1.

Passing--Hendrickson 6-10-1, 86 yds, 2 TD.

Receiving--Stoll 4-67-1; G. Rutten 1-11-1; Sam Rutten 1-8.

Defense--N. Schmitz 16 Tkl; Charlie Schmitz 9 Tkl; Andrew Muer 8 Tkl, FR, Sack; Casey Rutten 8 Tkl; G. Rutten 8 Tkl, FF; Stoll 6 Tkl, Int; Stephen Sweere 3 Tkl, Sack.

8AAA Semifinals

#1 Thief River Falls 35, #4 Park Rapids 6


11/2 8AAA Championship 8 p.m.

#2 Perham vs. #1 TRF

(at Alerus Center, Grand Forks)

Saturday, October 27

6A Semifinals

#1 Mahnomen 7, #5 Pillager 6

#6 Osakis 28, #2 Lake Park-Audubon 12


11/1 6A Championship 3 p.m.

#6 Osakis vs. #1 Mahnomen

(at FargoDome, Fargo)

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