Hackel leads Perham's game-winning drive to beat Thief River Falls and stay unbeaten

Colton Hackel had a pair of touchdowns Perham's 13-7 win over Thief River Falls.

Perham quarterback Colton Hackel (3) rushes around the end during a game against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Friday, Oct. 16 at Ted Meinhover Field. Hackel was named co-Quarterback of the Year in the district with Pequot Lakes' Bode Magnuson. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

Perham quarterback Colton Hackel couldn’t be stopped in the Yellowjackets’ 13-7 win over Thief River Falls on Friday night.

With 11 seconds before the first half and trailing 7-0, Hackel found the end zone for the first time to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter, he capped off a game-winning drive with another score–leaving only 23 seconds on the clock for the Prowlers.

Perham took over at its 45-yard line with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter tied 7-7. Hackel broke off a 12-yard run before Levi Richter brought the ball to the Prowlers’ 25-yard line on an 18-yard scamper. Three plays later, Hackel scored the game-winning touchdown from five yards out.

Hackel’s effort preserved Perham’s unbeaten start to the season. He rushed for 168 yards and threw for 11 on seven completions. Josh Peterson caught four of those passes for 75 yards.

TRF’s Kadin Grindelnd only had six yards on the ground on nine carries, but one of them was for the game’s first score on the opening drive. Braedon Potucek had 98 yards on 13 carries to lead the Prowlers’ running game.


Perham had 303 yards of total offense to TRF’s 216. The Yellowjackets fumbled six times but only lost one of them.

Up next for Perham Dillworth-Glyndon-Felton (2-0). The Rebels are coming off of a 20-18 win over Pequot Lakes. In week one, DGF beat Thief River Falls 16-0. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Perham.

PERHAM 0 7 0 6 - 13


PERHAM- RUSHING- Colton Hackel 25 carries, 168 yards, 2TD; Levi Richter 3 carries, 19 yards, Braylon Rach 5 carries, 5 yards; PASSING- Hackel 7-16, 111 yards; RECEIVING- Josh Peterson 4 catches, 75 yards, Melvin 2 catches, 22 yards, Rach 1 catch, 14 yards; DEFENSE- Ben Shumansky 8 tackles, Hudson Hackle, 8 tackles, Enyrt-Martinez 5 tackles, Melvin 3 tackles, Teagan Bennett 3 tackles, Rian Solbeg 3 tackles, forced fumble, Levi Richter 3 tackles, Rach 3 tackles, Jacob Daniels 2 tackles, Jaxon Vestch 2 tackles, Blake Lorentz 2 tackles, Reese Wilprecht 2 tackles, Moah Thompson 2 tackles, Karter Kosowski 2 tackles, Dayton Koetke 1 tackle, Josh Peterson 1 tackle, Colton Hackel 1 tackle.

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Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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