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Perham, New York Mills eyeing rematches in postseason tournaments

Preview for area section football tournaments.

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Quarterback Colton Hackel (3) broke free for a 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Perham's 28-6 win over Park Rapids on Friday, Sept. 3. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

The Perham football team gets an opening-round rematch of its first game of the season against Park Rapids in the Section 8AA tournament.

The third-seeded Yellowjackets (5-3) are coming off a 27-7 win over Pequot Lakes in the final game of the regular season. The win avenged a 14-0 loss at East Grand Forks on Oct. 14. Perham is hoping to go into the playoffs with some momentum against a team it's already beaten this fall.

Park Rapids is 1-7 this season, with one of those seven losses coming on Sept. 3 at home against Perham by a final score of 28-6. The Panthers went 0-5 in section play this season while Perham finished 2-3.

Aside from the records, the most significant difference between these two teams is the point differentials. The Yellowjackets score 16.8 points per game to Park Rapids' 11.4. It's even more glaring on the defensive side of the ball. Perham allows 18.8 points per game to the Panthers' 25.4.

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-1) was three quarters away from finishing the regular season undefeated. Instead, the Rebels blew a two-touchdown lead at Detroit Lakes (5-3) to head to the postseason on a low note.

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In the first round, the Rebels get a bye and will play either EGF (5-3) or Thief River Falls (4-4). The Green Wave's win over Perham launched them to the fourth seed in the 8AA tournament.

Second-seeded Fergus Falls is likely the team that awaits Perham if it can get past Park Rapids for a second time. On Tuesday night, the Otters (6-2) play Roseau (0-8) in the quarterfinal round. High seeds host every round of the Section 8AA tournament until the neutral-site title game at the Fargodome on Nov. 5.

New York Mills gets third seed

New York Mills came up 14 points short of an undefeated season after last Wednesday's 28-14 loss to Polk County West. However, a 6-1 finish was good enough for the third seed in the Section 6A tournament.

The Eagles will take on Menahga in the first round on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Menahga went 3-5 on the season with a 1-2 section record. New York Mills was a perfect 2-1 in section play.

The top of the Section 6A standings was a log jam to end the season. Otter Tail Central finished 8-0, with a win over second-seeded Pine River-Backus. New York Mills beat PR-B but wasn't able to hop the Tigers in the standings.

Both New York Mills and PR-B finished the season with one loss and will likely see each other again in the Section 6A semifinal round. OTC, PR-B and New York Mills were only separated by 10 points total in the QRF system.

The high seed also hosts every round until the section championship. The Fargodome is the neutral site, and the 6A champion will be crowned on Nov. 5.

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Perham's Brian Ramos (52) put the pressure on Park Rapids quarterback Noah Morris during the season opener on Friday, Sept. 3. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

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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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