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Football: Late touchdown lifts Perham over East Grand Forks in final home game of the regular season

The Perham football team scored a touchdown with under two minutes left to beat East Grand Forks last Thursday to move to 4-3 on the season.

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Perham's Gage Aanenson plays cornerback in the on Sept 23, 2022 in the Yellowjackets game against Detroit Lakes at Mollberg Field. Aanenson and the Yellowjackets knocked off East Grand Forks in the final game of the regular season last Thursday at Ted Meinhover Field by a score of 14-11.
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PERHAM – The Perham football team has had some fourth-quarter magic this fall.

The Yellowjackets moved to 4-3 on the season with a 14-11 win over East Grand Forks on Thursday night. Hudson Hackel’s six-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes was enough for Perham to finish its last home game of the regular season with a win.

Trailing 11-8, the Yellowjackets got the ball at their 13-yard line with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter. Perham strung together 13 plays for 87 yards to take a three-point lead. However, Perham failed to cash in on an extra point attempt.

The Green Wave got the ball back with 1:56 left, needing a field goal to tie. Drew Carpenter, who kicked a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter, drove East Grand Forks to Perham’s 25-yard line.

On 4th-and-10 with 28 seconds left, Carpenter’s kick missed wide to the left, giving the ball back to the Yellowjackets in victory formation. Carpenter attempted his kick from 42-yards out.

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After his second-quarter three-pointer, Perham got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run from junior Blaiz Schmidt. The nine-play, 79-yard drive was highlighted by a 36-yard burst from junior Braylon Rach. Schmidt also connected with Noah Thompson for 15 yards and Hackel for 12 yards before finding Evan Kovash on the two-point conversion to make it 8-3.

East Grand Forks took its second lead of the game in early in the fourth quarter. The Green Wave drove the length of the field over 19 plays before Clyde Anderson got into the end zone from three yards out. The drive chewed 11:55 off the clock.

Schmidt was 10-for-13 passing for 73 yards. He had one of Perham’s two rushing touchdowns on five carries for eight yards. Rach led the team in rushing with nine carries for 82 yards. Hackel had eight for 49.

Evan Kovash caught four passes for 12 yards to lead all receivers. Ben Shumansky led the team in tackles with 11. Carson Beyer, Jaxon Vetch, Cash Burke and Braylon Rach all recorded tackles for loss.

SCORING- SECOND QUARTER- EGF- Drew Carpenter 37-yard FG, 3-0, 6:06; Perham- Blaiz Schmidt 1-yard TD run, two-point pass to Gage Aanenson good 8-3, 0:17

FOURTH QUARTER- EGF- Clyde Anderson 3-yard TD run, two-point pass to Cooper Smith good, 11-8, 8:06; Perham- Hudson Hackel 6-yard TD run, PAT no good, 14-11, 1:56

PERHAM TEAM TOTALS- 11 first downs, 144 rushing yards, 73 passing yards, 217 total yards, 5-8 third down, 0-0 fourth down

PERHAM OFFENSE- RUSHING- Braylon Rach 9 carries, 82 yards; Hudson Hackel 8 carries, 49 yards, TD; Blaiz Schmidt 5 carries, 8 yards, TD; Gage Aanenson 1 carry, 5 yards; PASSING- Schmidt 10-13, 73 yards; RECEIVING- Evan Kovash 4 catches, 12 yards; Hackel 2 catches, 25 yards; Alex Ohm 2 catches, 15 yards; Noah Thompson 1 catch, 15 yards; Rach 1 catch, 3 yards

PERHAM DEFENSE- Ben Shumansky 11 tackles; Carson beyer 9 tackles, 1 TFL; Gage Aanenson 8 tackles; Jacob Daniels 8 tackles; Jaxon Vetch 7 tackles, 1 TFL; Kaden Feldt 6 tackles; Cash Burke 6 tackles, TFL; Hackel 4 tackles; Rach 4 tackles, 1 TFL; Brock Melgard 3 tackles; Logan Meyers 1 tackle; Sawyer Dilbeck 1 tackle; Evan Kovash 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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