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Perham regroups and shuts down EGF

Perham's Ty Moser leaps East Grand Forks' Kaden Robinson as he picks up more yards on a first half carry against the Green Wave at the Ted Meinhover Field in Perham. Jason Groth/FOCUS1 / 2
Perham's Leighton Rach wraps up East Grand Forks' Julian Benson. Jason Groth/FOCUS2 / 2

After giving up 42 points and a long bus ride home, the Perham football team regrouped and came out with a staunch effort to stop East Grand Forks 30-7 on Perham Hall of Fame night at the Ted Meinhover Field on Oct. 5.

Perham’s Ty Moser said the key to the game with East Grand Forks was Determination and the feeling of the bus ride back home stuck with the team after the loss to Fergus Falls.

Perham's Colton Hackel gains separation from the defense on his way to the end zone.

“We came together because we don’t ever want to feel like that again,” Moser said. “We gave it a little bit extra all week and we knew that, in our heads, it was going to turn out like this tonight.”

Jenson Beachy threw four touchdowns to four different receivers. He connected with a pair of big passing plays to Colton Hackel and Zach Peterson and had shorter touchdown passes to Ty Moser and Josh Jeziorski.

“I like coming out on this side of the game compared to last week,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “Our guys played well and we focused all week to reconnect and they did a good job of that. I’m really proud of them.”

Perham's Zach Peterson gets the edge and pushes up field.

After a pair of tough weeks defensively, the Yellowjackets clamped down on East Grand Forks for much of the game. The Yellowjackets did give up some yardage, especially in the first half, but improved and wore down East Grand Forks as the game progressed.

“We were playing true to form and that’s the kind of defense that we knew we could do,” Knutson said. “We got lost there for a couple of games and tonight, they played very well.”

However, penalties did cost the Yellowjackets some points. Moser had an 80-yard touchdown run called back, while Hackel had a touchdown reception wiped off the board and Beachy had a touchdown run erased due to penalties.

The Yellowjackets were able to overcome those throughout the game as they earned the 23-point win.

After being intercepted on the first drive, Beachy regrouped and led a scoring drive. He found Hackel open and he used a quick burst of speed to sprint through the EGF defense for a 58-yard score in the first quarter. Beachy added the conversion for Perham.  

EGF answered the punch with one of its own. Carter Beck hit Luke Vonesh to cut the score to one after the extra point, 8-7.

Perham took control in the second quarter and started to pull away. Beachy hit Moser for a catch-and-run for 16-yards. Moser added the conversion for a 16-7 lead.

Ty Moser stiff arms a defender and picks up some extra yards.

Dawson Kellogg scooped up an errant pitch, halting an EGF drive deep in Perham territory. Perham had a pair of touchdowns called back on the ensuing drive due to penalty, but eventually scored a touchdown with 41.9 seconds to go in the first half. Beachy hit Josh Jeziorski on a pass to the corner of the end zone. The 2-point try was no good, but Perham took a 22-7 lead into the half.

Perham closed the scoring in the fourth quarter with a Beachy connection to Peterson for 53-yards. Moser plunged in the conversion to make it 30-7 early in the fourth quarter.

“I think our team played really well together,” Moser said.  “Everyone was focused on their own job and together that really gelled well for pretty much the first time this season.”

The Yellowjackets improve to 4-2 and 3-2 in Midwest District Red Division play. The Yellowjackets host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The Rebels have had the Yellowjackets number the past few seasons. The Yellowjackets hope they can turn the tide in the rivalry.

“We want to play with an edge against a team like that,” Moser said. “They have got us in years past and we really want to get that win.”

The Rebels enter the contest with a 3-3 record after falling to Detroit Lakes.

EGF 7 0 0 0--7

PER 8 14 0 8--30


First Quarter

PER: Jenson Beachy 58-yard pass to Colton Hackel (Beachy run)

EGF: Carter Beck 5-yard pass to Luke Vonesh (Ben Kern kick)

Second Quarter

PER: Beachy 16-yard pass to Ty Moser (Moser run)

PER: Beachy 4-yard pass to Josh Jeziorski (pass failed)

Third Quarter

No Scoring

Fourth Quarter

PER: Beachy 53-yard pass to Zach Peterson (Moser run)

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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