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Perham scores 14 points on Monday to put away Pequot Lakes after three-day lightning delay

Perham's Martin LaFond makes the catch in front of a pursuing Deven Psyck during the fourth quarter of Perham's 32-19 victory over Pequot Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Martin LaFond sends the defender flying on his way to the end zone for the game-clinching score against Pequot Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

A three-day lightning delay turned out to be just the jolt the Perham football needed to knock off Pequot Lakes.

After Friday’s game was postponed due to lightning with the Yellowjackets trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter, Perham knew it had to regroup and play better when the game resumed Monday, Sept. 18.

The Yellowjackets did just that, outscoring Pequot Lakes by a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to earn a 32-19 victory.

Jenson Beachy

“We were frustrated with the way things ended up on Friday night,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “We made some adjustments that we thought were good and not getting the opportunity to execute those adjustments was frustrating. The kids were focused today and showed up to play.”

Quarterback Jenson Beachy’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Honer put the Yellowjackets ahead for good in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great win for us. They came out and punched us in the mouth on Friday and we came back today.” Perham quarterback Jenson Beachy said. “We were ready to go.”

Beachy threw three passing touchdowns and rushed for another. He finished with 186 yards passing and 37 yards rushing in the win. Ty Moser added 108 yards rushing and 69 yards receiving.

Honer spotted something in the defense and thought he could beat them deep.

“Dawson (Honer) was the one who saw it. We were running plays and he kept saying the corner was biting hard,” Beachy said. “We ran the play-action pass and he was wide open and walked himself into the end zone.”

After a two-point conversion, Perham led 26-19 and never looked back.

Moments later, Martin LaFond stepped in front of a Blake Lane pass for a fourth-quarter interception.

Zack Zajac with the tackle.

The Yellowjackets then marched down field, working the clock, while looking to extend the lead. After the Yellowjackets threw an incomplete pass on third down, the Patriots defense had some hope when the Yellowjackets lined up for a field goal. But a sideline discussion led to a successful fake in which Beachy flipped a pass to LaFond, who scored from 14 yards out.

“I knew it would be open. We came out and in their eyes seemed pretty confident that we were going to kick the field goal,” Beachy said. “I told my dad (offensive coordinator Ryan Beachy) that we're going to put people out for routes and get a touchdown here.”

Tanner Knutson later sealed the win with his second interception of the game, stepping in front of a Lane pass. It was the Yellowjackets third interception of the game.

It was the second time in four years that the Yellowjackets had a game suspended due to weather. In 2013, the Yellowjackets defeated Detroit Lakes, 14-0, in a game that started on Friday and ended on a Saturday.

Perham improves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest District, Red Division. They return home on Sept. 22 when they take on Thief River Falls at 7 p.m. for homecoming.

PER 6 6 6 14--32

PL 7 12 0 0--19

First Quarter

PL-Austin Young 31-yard pass from Blake Lane (Chase Larson kick)

PER-Ty Moser 40-yard pass from Jenson Beachy (run failed)

Second Quarter

PL-Nathan Traut 44-yard run (pass failed)

PER-Beachy 11-yard run (pass failed)

PL-Traut 73-yard pass from Lane (run failed

Third Quarter

PER-Moser 22-yard run (run failed)

Fourth Quarter

PER-Dawson Honer 39-yard pass from Beachy (Zack Zajac pass from Martin LaFond)

PER- LaFond 14-yard pass from Beachy (kick failed)

Game Summary


Total Yards 363 281

Passing 186 149

Rushing 177 132

First Downs 20 14

Third Down Conversions 3/15 2/10

Fourth Down Conversions 7/8 2/3

Turnovers 1 3

Fumbles Lost 1 0

Interceptions 0 3

Individual Leaders



Jenson Beachy, 14/24, 186 yards, 3 TDs


Ty Moser, 17-108, TD

Jenson Beachy, 13-37, TD


Martin LaFond, 5-48, TD

Ty Moser, 3-69, TD

Dawson Honer, 3-48. TD


Zach Peterson, 11 total tackles

Domonic Erdman, 6 total tackles

Tanner Knutson, 2 INTs

Martin LaFond, INT

Pequot Lakes


Blake Lane, 6/20, 2 TDs, 3 INTs


Nathan Traut, 13- 79, TD

Deven Psyc, 6-24


Nathan Traut, 2-83, TD

Austin Young, 2-35, TD


Nathan Traut, sack

John Urseth. fumble recovery

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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