Justin Wang ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns and the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defense took advantage of Perham turnovers to limit the Yellowjackets to less than 13 minutes of ball possession in a 13-8 Rebel victory at Meinhover Field Friday, Oct. 16.
“Our defense had a game; we made too many mistakes and played sloppy football,” Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said. “You can’t do that against a team like that; they’re too good.”
Perham had only one drive in the first quarter of four plays that took up 96 seconds. The Rebels ran the ball 16 of 19 plays, eating up all the time and reaching the Jacket red zone at the end of a scoreless opening 12 minutes.
The Yellowjacket defense stood tall stalling the Rebel drive on an incomplete fourth down pass from the 12.
Perham’s ensuing drive lasted one play, handing the ball right back to D-G-F on an immediate fumble.
Two plays later, Wang scored his first of the game at 9:35 of the second quarter from the one-yard line for a 6-0 lead.
Having only run five plays, Perham looked to get its offense on track and got a first down by penalty to reach midfield but a Joshua Peterson fumble gave the ball back up. The Jackets had run only nine plays by the nine-minute mark of the quarter.
Perham was giving the Rebels every chance to take command of the game, but Perham’s defense managed to defend the goal line respectively. Offensively, the first half for the home team was just plain ugly.
“It was just us; we lost focus and we have to maintain focus during the week, especially when preparing for teams like these guys,” said Knutson.
D-G-F started the next drive at the 50-yard line and again entered the red zone but a fourth down pass by Payton Doran from the 16 was picked off in the end zone by Perham’s Chaz Melvin.
The Jackets gained six yards on a Colton Hackel run between two incomplete passes and punted the ball away.
Both offensives were quiet the remainder of the half with Wang’s touchdown the only score on the board at the half. Compounding the problems for Perham, standout Noah Rooney left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return.
Gabriel Thompson gave Perham an early shot at the lead when he picked off a Doran pass and set the Jackets up at the D-G-F 23-yard line. Perham went nowhere giving the ball up in four plays at the 20 on an incomplete pass.
Despite the increasing offensive struggles, Perham took the lead with the only third quarter touchdown.
A bad D-G-F snap on fourth down gave the Jackets the ball at the Rebel 40 and Hackel ran six times to eat up all those yards, scoring on second-and-goal from the two to tie the game. He converted the two-point run and Perham had new life up 8-7.
The lead did not last long as Doran and Wang pieced together a six-play, 30-yard drive in response. The field position came on a muffed kick return that ended up in Wang’s hands and he returned the ball 55 yards to the Perham 30.
Wang rushed into the end zone from the seven-yard line with 10:26 to play. A two-point pass to make the lead seven points failed.
A drive to answer by Perham reached the D-G-F 36, but an intentional grounding penalty followed by a false start flag put a stop to that.
The Rebels ran 12 plays taking the clock down to under two minutes before the drive ended on an interception at the one-yard line forcing Perham to have to go 99 yards in 96 seconds for the win.
Five straight outs from Hackel to Finn Diggins got Perham to their own 30, but Hackel was sacked and kept in bounds on a third down run before the final fourth down pass fell incomplete.
Wang rushed 36 times for 182 yards. Perham ran 47 offensive plays in the game, only 11 more than Wang himself. Wang accounted for 85 percent of the Rebels 214 total yards. The D-G-F defense held Perham to 155 total yards and only nine first downs.
D-G-F improved to 2-0 after winning at Pequot Lakes in week one.
Perham (1-1) plays the Patriots (1-1) in Pequot Lakes Friday, Oct. 23. Knutson will be looking for a change from his team after Friday night’s struggles.
“They have to study film and watch themselves to see what they did wrong,” he said. “They need to come to practice with a better attitude and I hope they taste this for a while. Wallow in it over the weekend and show up Monday ready to go to work.”
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 13, Perham 8
DGF 0 7 0 6 - 13
PER 0 0 8 0 - 8
DGF - Justin Wang 1 run (McKale Pierson kick)
PER - Colton Hackel 2 run (Colton Hackel run)
DGF - Justin Wang 7 run (pass failed)