Perham falters early in 48-0 loss to D-G-F
Two blocked kicks one of few positives for Yellowjackets football. Perham faces Detroit Lakes next.
It was a one-sided affair, as the Perham Yellowjackets fell flat Friday, Sept. 17, against the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels, 48-0.
In what looked to be a promising game for Perham, the stars didn’t quite align. The Yellowjackets defense barely had time to settle in before DGF found the end zone and made it a 7-0 game just over five minutes into the first quarter, after McKale Pierson ran it in from 42 yards out.
Perham started to drive down the field to try to tie up the game, but a costly interception put the ball back into the Rebels’ hands. DGF was able to capitalize on the mistake, finding the end zone again. The Yellowjackets’ Karter Kosowski was able to block the extra point attempt making it a 13-0 lead.
“We got a lot of looks that we wanted to see. We just didn’t pull off the plan.” said Perham head coach Aron Velde.
Kasowski was able to block two extra-point kicks on the night, one of the few bright spots for the Yellowjackets, who posted 139 yards of total offense to DGF's 407.
After the first quarter, things started to unravel even worse for Perham, as the Rebels were able to score another touchdown increasing their lead to 21-0, after converting on the two-point attempt. The Jackets shot themselves in the foot again after fumbling on a completed pass along the sidelines that fell in the hands of a Rebels defender. DGF scored after the turnover increasing the lead to 28-0, the touchdown was Pierson’s second of the game. Pierson would finished the game with 155 yards rushing and 42 yards receiving, both tops for the Rebels.
The Rebels were able to score again before the first half ended, as DGF’s Logan Johnson was able to score from four yards out. Kosowski blocked the PAT again and the score increased to 34-0.
“We never gave up on each other. We stayed a united team through that whole mess.” Velde said.
The Rebels were able to make it a 40-0 game in the third quarter after Donavon Verdi ran it in from the six-yard-line, DGF was unable to make the PAT. By the halfway point of the second half both teams removed their starting players, giving the young guns some time under the lights.
DGF scored it’s final touchdown of the game, when freshman Casey Macziewski ran one from the six yards out, making it a 48-0 game.
The last time Perham was shutout was in 2014, a 41-0 loss at Pequot Lakes. The last time Perham was defeated by 48 or more points, was 1975 at Park Rapids, 48-0.
Hudson Hackel led the Yellowjackets in rushing with 22 yard on five attempts. Quarterback Colton Hackel had 48 pass yards, completing three passes on 13 attempts with two interceptions. Chas Melvin had three catches for 48 yards.
Gordy Martinez (7 solo, 1 assist) and Chas Melvin (6 solo) were the top tacklers for Perham. Aiden Kennedy recovered a fumble for Perham, the only turnover the team forced.
Even through adversity, Velde says the strength of his team comes from within it, the bond.
“When things don’t go well, we pick each other up, we teach each other, and learn from our mistakes rather than pointing fingers.
Velde was quick to blame himself on the lack of execution, as he said it ultimately comes down to the head coach. Velde said he’s looking forward to playing Detroit Lakes next week. Detroit Lakes, another ground and pound team, is 2-1 on the season defeating Thief River Falls 28-0 Friday. The Yellowjackets will look to improve the various facets of its game, in preparation for the Lakers.
“We’re going to have another physical week of practice, we play DL next week, which is another tough, solid opponent. We definitely just have to get back to doing the little fundamental things correctly.”
Full game stats here:
Perham 0 0 0 0 -- 0
D-G-F 13 21 6 8 -- 48
DGF - McKale Pierson 42 yard pass from Owen Leach (Pierson kick) 7-0
Pierson 11 yard run (Pierson kick blocked) 13-0
Nick Waale 9 yard run (Waale rush) 21-0
Pierson 5 yard run (Pierson kick) 28-0
Logan Johnson 4 yard run (Pierson kick blocked) 34-0
Donovan Verdi 6 yard run (Pierson kick failed)
Casy Macziewski 6 yard run (Landon Morkassel run) 48-0