Football: Hackel drills 37-yard field goal as time expires to lift Perham over Fergus Falls

Hudson Hackel made the third-longest kick in Perham football history on Friday as time expired to lift Yellowjackets over the Otters 22-20 on the road. Perham moved to 3-2 ahead of homecoming week.

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Perham's Hudson Hackel talks assignments with Noah Thompson on Sept. 23, 2022 at Mollberg Field. Hackel drilled a 37-yard field goal for the win on Friday to knock off Fergus Falls 22-20.
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FERGUS FALLS – The Yellowjackets snapped their two-game losing streak with a 22-20 win over Fergus Falls, and they did it in dramatic fashion.

The Perham football team saw its third-longest field goal sail off the foot of junior Hudson Hackel and through the uprights as time expired to knock off the Otters on the road. Hackel’s 37-yard kick is tied for the third longest in program history.

Trailing 20-19, the Yellowjackets forced a turnover on downs at their 29-yard line with 1:49 left. The first three plays of Perham’s offensive drive went for six yards before a timeout with 58 seconds left to set up fourth down.

Needing four to keep the game alive, Blaiz Schmidt connected with Noah Thomson for 10 yards to get to the 45-yard line. A sack and a nine-yard pass to Gage Aanenson set up another fourth down play, needing 11 yards with less than 40 seconds left.

Schmidt hit Thompson on a do-or-die play again. This time, the two connected for 22-yards, setting up the Yellowjackets at the Otters’ 34-yard line. After another 10-yard pass to Thompson, Perham called its final timeout with four seconds left, setting up Hackel’s game-winning kick. The 12-play, 51-yard drive moved Perham to 3-2 on the season.


Longer plays were easier to come by in the first three quarters for the Yellowjackets. Schmidt found Alex Ohm on a 74-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

After Griffin Babolian got the touchdown back in the second quarter, Hackel punched in a four-yard score to take a 14-6 lead at the half. Braylon Rach broke off a 66-yard touchdown run just over a minute into the third quarter to put Perham in the driver’s seat up 19-6.

The Otters fought back to take a one-point lead. Levi King cut the deficit in half with a two-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter before Elijah Draeger gave Fergus Falls a 20-19 lead 1:20 into the fourth.

While each offense moved to the beat of their own drum, the total yardage was almost even. Perham gained 329 yards, with 216 of them coming through the air, while Fergus’ 310 rushing yards made up for only 15 through the air.

Rach led the Yellowjackets in rushing with 111 yards on 10 carries. Schmidt was 14-for-23 passing for 216 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception. Ohm was the team’s leading receiver with 87 yards on three catches with a touchdown.

Babolian carried the ball 30 times for 175 yards. King also had a good day on the ground for the Otters with 77 yards on 10 carries. Brayden Nelson was 3-for-9 passing with an interception.

Sawyer Dilbeck nearly doubled the next leading Perham tackler with 17, including eight solo tackles. Hackel had 10 with two tackles for losses, while Annenson had nine and an interception.

Hackel’s kick was five yards off the school record. Charlie Nelson drilled a 42-yard field goal in 1982 on Sept. 8 at Pelican Rapids. Mike Neels hit a pair of 38-yard kicks. The first came at home against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton before repeating the feat three weeks later on Oct. 17, 2001. Hackel’s kick is tied with Chris Ceynowa’s from 1986 in a game against Wadena.


Perham will host Osakis (4-1) in its homecoming game this Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

PERHAM 7 6 6 3 – 22

FERGUS FALLS 0 6 8 6 – 20

SCORING- FIRST QUARTER- PERHAM- Blaiz Schmidt 74-yard TD pass to Alex Ohm, Hudson Hackel PAT good, 7-0, 5:39

SECOND QUARTER- FERGUS FALLS- Griffin Babolian 2-yard TD run, two-point conversion failed, 7-6, 7:35; PERHAM- Hackel 4-yard TD run, PAT blocked, 13-6, 0:18

THIRD QUARTER- PERHAM- Braylon Rach 66-yard TD run, two-point conversion failed, 19-6, 10:54; FERGUS FALLS- Levi King 2-yard TD run, Babolian PAT two-point run good, 19-14, 3:24

FOURTH QUARTER- FERGUS FALLS- Elijah Draeger 7-yard TD run, two-point conversion failed, 20-19, 10:40; PERHAM- Hackel 37-yard FG good, 22-20, 0:00

TEAM TOTALS- PERHAM- 12 first downs, 113 rushing yards, 216 passing yards, 329 yards total offense, 1 turnover, 6-12 third down, 2-2 fourth down; FERGUS FALLS- 18 first downs, 310 rushing yards, 15 passing yards, 325 yards total offense, 1 turnover, 3-8 third down, 1-3 fourth down

PERHAM OFFENSE- RUSHING- Braylon Rach 10 carries, 111 yards, TD, Hudson Hackel 5 carries, 16 yards, TD, Blaiz Schmidt 5 carries, 16 yards; PASSING- Schmidt 14-23, 216 yards, TD, INT; RECEIVING- Evan Kovash, 4 catches, 71 yards, Alex Ohm 3 catches, 87 yards, TD, Noah Thompson 3 catches, 42 yards, Ashton Detloff 2 catches, 4 yards, Gage Aanenson 1 catch, 9 yards, Hudson Hackel 1 catch, 3 yards

PERHAM DEFENSE- Sawyer Dilbeck 17 tackes, Hackel 10 tackles, 2 TFL, Gage Aanenson 9 tackles, 1 TFL, INT, Carson Beyer 6 tackles, Thompson 5 tackles, Jaxon Vetch 5 tackles, Kovash 5 tackles, Rach 4 tackles, Kaden Felt 4 tackles, Ben Shumansky 3 tackles, Cash Burke 3 tackles, Jacob Daniels 2 tackles, 1 TFL, Brandon Sandberg 1 tackle

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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