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The Perham Yellowjackets fell inches short from its first victory of the season. Quarterback Jenson Beachy was stopped in front of the goal line on the 2-point conversion try, causing Hawley to hold off the Yellowjackets, earning a 33-32 victory ...

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Perham's Jenson Beachy gets by the defender and shifts past another, leading to a Perham first down against Hawley. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham Yellowjackets fell inches short from its first victory of the season. Quarterback Jenson Beachy was stopped in front of the goal line on the 2-point conversion try, causing Hawley to hold off the Yellowjackets, earning a 33-32 victory in the season opener at the Ted Meinhover Field on Sept. 2. Prior to the play, the Yellowjackets were flagged for too many men in the huddle, forcing the 2-point try to take place from the seven yard line. Beachy took the keeper around the right edge, dove for the goal line, but was ruled short of the end zone, allowing the Hawley sideline to erupt. “It was a hard fought game. We knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Hawley head coach Peder Naatz said. “They are a lot more physical than they were last year. They have some good size up front, but not real deep. They have good size, but they kept pounding at us. It doesn’t matter how you get the win, if you get it, you get. You just have to find a way. Our kids had two huge fourth down stops and the stop on the PAT. That penalty killed Perham, I think. We overcame some things and they overcame some things. It was just a great battle.” For the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets have gone for two instead of kicking extra points after touchdowns. Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said after the game that it is the philosophy of the coaching staff to try for two instead of the extra point. He said the success rate is almost the same when it comes to converting the 2 point try compared to kicking the extra point at the high school level. The 2-point conversion stop, spoiled a big night for the Yellowjackets on the ground. Jack DeConcini rushed for three touchdowns and caught one as well. Jenson Beachy rushed for a touchdown as well in the loss. “We are very happy with how we ran the ball,” Knutson said. “Zach Peterson ran really well for us too. DeConcini ran the ball hard. This game is not going to define us and the kids know that. We know that we can clean some things up and play better football. We are okay.”
The Nuggets grabbed the lead for good on the first play of the fourth quarter when Jacob Vetter rushed 24 yards off the edge, giving the Nuggets the 33-26 lead. Vetter and Drew Thompson split time at quarterback for the Nuggets.  He threw for a touchdown as well, hitting Thompson on a 15 yard connection in the first half. “We knew we were going to get Vetter some time at quarterback,” Naatz said. “Thompson is such a champion for teamwork. He was very happy to go play wide receiver. He knows Jake is a talent. I was very impressed with his patience, stretching the run play out and how calm he was. He ran the option well. We weren’t real successful with it, but he ran it well. His future is bright.” DeConcini answered for the Yellowjackets on a 10 yard run, which was set up by Beachy’s patience with the pitch on the option. “It was text book. DeConcini kept a great pitch relationship with him and Jenson was in the clutch and he pitched it,” Knutson said. “It was exactly like he was coached to do it.” It was a back and forth first half with neither team establishing themselves defensively against the run. Hawley jumped ahead with an 8 yard touchdown run from Thompson, while Perham answered with a strong drive, capped off on a Beachy to DeConcini connection for 8 yards, making it 8-7, after DeConcini powered in the 2-point try. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2791433","attributes":{"alt":"Jack DeConcini","class":"media-image","height":"396","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]] Hawley came back on the first play of the second quarter when Thompson hit Chase Libak on a 25-yard pitch and catch, making it 13-7 after Perham blocked the extra point. The Yellowjackets answered with a touchdown run of its own, when Beachy scampered through the defense for a 10-yard touchdown run, making it 14-13 after a failed 2-point try. However, it was Vetter’s touchdown to Thompson, which gave the Nuggets the lead, 21-13, after Vetter hit Thompson on the 2-point try. Perham came back again with the ground game, DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 4 yard score, making it 21-20, after a failed 2-point try. Hawley extended the lead in the third quarter when Donnie Loegering found the end zone with a 1 yard plunge. The extra point attempt was blocked and Hawley maintained a seven point lead. DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 5 yard run, cutting the Hawley lead to 27-26, after a failed 2-point try, setting up the explosive fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets struggled to stop the Hawley ground attack and Knutson said it is something they will work on heading into the game with East Grand Forks. “We have to stay low. Our defensive line got up to high and they moved us around,” Knutson said. “If we can stay low on the ball, our kids are strong enough and physical enough to not let that happen. We have to work on our technique.” The Yellowjackets fall to 0-1 on the season and return home to take on East Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. “We are putting this one behind us. It doesn’t define our season by any means,” Knutson said. “Hawley is a good physical football team. Hat is off to them, but we are shifting gears now. We will recuperate this weekend and hit film on Monday and get ready for East Grand Forks.” HAW 7 14 6 6--33 PER 8 12 6 6--32 First Quarter H: Thompson 7 yard run (Jonathan Schledt kick) P: Beachy 8 yard pass to DeConcini (DeConcini rush) Second Quarter H: Thompson 25 yard pass to Libak (kick blocked) P: Beachy 10 yard run (run failed) H: Vetter 15 yard pass to Thompson (Vetter pass to Thompson) P: DeConcini 4 yard run (run failed) Third Quarter H: Loegering 1 yard run (kick blocked) P: DeConcini 5 yard run (run failed) Fourth Quarter H: Vetter 24 yard run (run failed) P: DeConcini 10 yard run (run failed) The Perham Yellowjackets fell inches short from its first victory of the season. Quarterback Jenson Beachy was stopped in front of the goal line on the 2-point conversion try, causing Hawley to hold off the Yellowjackets, earning a 33-32 victory in the season opener at the Ted Meinhover Field on Sept. 2. Prior to the play, the Yellowjackets were flagged for too many men in the huddle, forcing the 2-point try to take place from the seven yard line. Beachy took the keeper around the right edge, dove for the goal line, but was ruled short of the end zone, allowing the Hawley sideline to erupt. “It was a hard fought game. We knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Hawley head coach Peder Naatz said. “They are a lot more physical than they were last year. They have some good size up front, but not real deep. They have good size, but they kept pounding at us. It doesn’t matter how you get the win, if you get it, you get. You just have to find a way. Our kids had two huge fourth down stops and the stop on the PAT. That penalty killed Perham, I think. We overcame some things and they overcame some things. It was just a great battle.” For the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets have gone for two instead of kicking extra points after touchdowns. Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said after the game that it is the philosophy of the coaching staff to try for two instead of the extra point. He said the success rate is almost the same when it comes to converting the 2 point try compared to kicking the extra point at the high school level. The 2-point conversion stop, spoiled a big night for the Yellowjackets on the ground. Jack DeConcini rushed for three touchdowns and caught one as well. Jenson Beachy rushed for a touchdown as well in the loss. “We are very happy with how we ran the ball,” Knutson said. “Zach Peterson ran really well for us too. DeConcini ran the ball hard. This game is not going to define us and the kids know that. We know that we can clean some things up and play better football. We are okay.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2791371","attributes":{"alt":"Zach Peterson","class":"media-image","height":"323","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]] The Nuggets grabbed the lead for good on the first play of the fourth quarter when Jacob Vetter rushed 24 yards off the edge, giving the Nuggets the 33-26 lead. Vetter and Drew Thompson split time at quarterback for the Nuggets.  He threw for a touchdown as well, hitting Thompson on a 15 yard connection in the first half. “We knew we were going to get Vetter some time at quarterback,” Naatz said. “Thompson is such a champion for teamwork. He was very happy to go play wide receiver. He knows Jake is a talent. I was very impressed with his patience, stretching the run play out and how calm he was. He ran the option well. We weren’t real successful with it, but he ran it well. His future is bright.” DeConcini answered for the Yellowjackets on a 10 yard run, which was set up by Beachy’s patience with the pitch on the option. “It was text book. DeConcini kept a great pitch relationship with him and Jenson was in the clutch and he pitched it,” Knutson said. “It was exactly like he was coached to do it.” It was a back and forth first half with neither team establishing themselves defensively against the run. Hawley jumped ahead with an 8 yard touchdown run from Thompson, while Perham answered with a strong drive, capped off on a Beachy to DeConcini connection for 8 yards, making it 8-7, after DeConcini powered in the 2-point try.
Hawley came back on the first play of the second quarter when Thompson hit Chase Libak on a 25-yard pitch and catch, making it 13-7 after Perham blocked the extra point. The Yellowjackets answered with a touchdown run of its own, when Beachy scampered through the defense for a 10-yard touchdown run, making it 14-13 after a failed 2-point try. However, it was Vetter’s touchdown to Thompson, which gave the Nuggets the lead, 21-13, after Vetter hit Thompson on the 2-point try. Perham came back again with the ground game, DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 4 yard score, making it 21-20, after a failed 2-point try. Hawley extended the lead in the third quarter when Donnie Loegering found the end zone with a 1 yard plunge. The extra point attempt was blocked and Hawley maintained a seven point lead. DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 5 yard run, cutting the Hawley lead to 27-26, after a failed 2-point try, setting up the explosive fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets struggled to stop the Hawley ground attack and Knutson said it is something they will work on heading into the game with East Grand Forks. “We have to stay low. Our defensive line got up to high and they moved us around,” Knutson said. “If we can stay low on the ball, our kids are strong enough and physical enough to not let that happen. We have to work on our technique.” The Yellowjackets fall to 0-1 on the season and return home to take on East Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. “We are putting this one behind us. It doesn’t define our season by any means,” Knutson said. “Hawley is a good physical football team. Hat is off to them, but we are shifting gears now. We will recuperate this weekend and hit film on Monday and get ready for East Grand Forks.” HAW 7 14 6 6--33 PER 8 12 6 6--32 First Quarter H: Thompson 7 yard run (Jonathan Schledt kick) P: Beachy 8 yard pass to DeConcini (DeConcini rush) Second Quarter H: Thompson 25 yard pass to Libak (kick blocked) P: Beachy 10 yard run (run failed) H: Vetter 15 yard pass to Thompson (Vetter pass to Thompson) P: DeConcini 4 yard run (run failed) Third Quarter H: Loegering 1 yard run (kick blocked) P: DeConcini 5 yard run (run failed) Fourth Quarter H: Vetter 24 yard run (run failed) P: DeConcini 10 yard run (run failed) The Perham Yellowjackets fell inches short from its first victory of the season. Quarterback Jenson Beachy was stopped in front of the goal line on the 2-point conversion try, causing Hawley to hold off the Yellowjackets, earning a 33-32 victory in the season opener at the Ted Meinhover Field on Sept. 2. Prior to the play, the Yellowjackets were flagged for too many men in the huddle, forcing the 2-point try to take place from the seven yard line. Beachy took the keeper around the right edge, dove for the goal line, but was ruled short of the end zone, allowing the Hawley sideline to erupt. “It was a hard fought game. We knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Hawley head coach Peder Naatz said. “They are a lot more physical than they were last year. They have some good size up front, but not real deep. They have good size, but they kept pounding at us. It doesn’t matter how you get the win, if you get it, you get. You just have to find a way. Our kids had two huge fourth down stops and the stop on the PAT. That penalty killed Perham, I think. We overcame some things and they overcame some things. It was just a great battle.”For the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets have gone for two instead of kicking extra points after touchdowns. Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said after the game that it is the philosophy of the coaching staff to try for two instead of the extra point. He said the success rate is almost the same when it comes to converting the 2 point try compared to kicking the extra point at the high school level.The 2-point conversion stop, spoiled a big night for the Yellowjackets on the ground. Jack DeConcini rushed for three touchdowns and caught one as well. Jenson Beachy rushed for a touchdown as well in the loss. “We are very happy with how we ran the ball,” Knutson said. “Zach Peterson ran really well for us too. DeConcini ran the ball hard. This game is not going to define us and the kids know that. We know that we can clean some things up and play better football. We are okay.”
The Nuggets grabbed the lead for good on the first play of the fourth quarter when Jacob Vetter rushed 24 yards off the edge, giving the Nuggets the 33-26 lead. Vetter and Drew Thompson split time at quarterback for the Nuggets.  He threw for a touchdown as well, hitting Thompson on a 15 yard connection in the first half. “We knew we were going to get Vetter some time at quarterback,” Naatz said. “Thompson is such a champion for teamwork. He was very happy to go play wide receiver. He knows Jake is a talent. I was very impressed with his patience, stretching the run play out and how calm he was. He ran the option well. We weren’t real successful with it, but he ran it well. His future is bright.”DeConcini answered for the Yellowjackets on a 10 yard run, which was set up by Beachy’s patience with the pitch on the option. “It was text book. DeConcini kept a great pitch relationship with him and Jenson was in the clutch and he pitched it,” Knutson said. “It was exactly like he was coached to do it.”It was a back and forth first half with neither team establishing themselves defensively against the run. Hawley jumped ahead with an 8 yard touchdown run from Thompson, while Perham answered with a strong drive, capped off on a Beachy to DeConcini connection for 8 yards, making it 8-7, after DeConcini powered in the 2-point try.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2791433","attributes":{"alt":"Jack DeConcini","class":"media-image","height":"396","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Hawley came back on the first play of the second quarter when Thompson hit Chase Libak on a 25-yard pitch and catch, making it 13-7 after Perham blocked the extra point. The Yellowjackets answered with a touchdown run of its own, when Beachy scampered through the defense for a 10-yard touchdown run, making it 14-13 after a failed 2-point try. However, it was Vetter’s touchdown to Thompson, which gave the Nuggets the lead, 21-13, after Vetter hit Thompson on the 2-point try. Perham came back again with the ground game, DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 4 yard score, making it 21-20, after a failed 2-point try. Hawley extended the lead in the third quarter when Donnie Loegering found the end zone with a 1 yard plunge. The extra point attempt was blocked and Hawley maintained a seven point lead. DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 5 yard run, cutting the Hawley lead to 27-26, after a failed 2-point try, setting up the explosive fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets struggled to stop the Hawley ground attack and Knutson said it is something they will work on heading into the game with East Grand Forks. “We have to stay low. Our defensive line got up to high and they moved us around,” Knutson said. “If we can stay low on the ball, our kids are strong enough and physical enough to not let that happen. We have to work on our technique.”The Yellowjackets fall to 0-1 on the season and return home to take on East Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. “We are putting this one behind us. It doesn’t define our season by any means,” Knutson said. “Hawley is a good physical football team. Hat is off to them, but we are shifting gears now. We will recuperate this weekend and hit film on Monday and get ready for East Grand Forks.”HAW 7 14 6 6--33PER 8 12 6 6--32First QuarterH: Thompson 7 yard run (Jonathan Schledt kick)P: Beachy 8 yard pass to DeConcini (DeConcini rush)Second QuarterH: Thompson 25 yard pass to Libak (kick blocked)P: Beachy 10 yard run (run failed)H: Vetter 15 yard pass to Thompson (Vetter pass to Thompson)P: DeConcini 4 yard run (run failed)Third QuarterH: Loegering 1 yard run (kick blocked)P: DeConcini 5 yard run (run failed)Fourth QuarterH: Vetter 24 yard run (run failed)P: DeConcini 10 yard run (run failed)The Perham Yellowjackets fell inches short from its first victory of the season. Quarterback Jenson Beachy was stopped in front of the goal line on the 2-point conversion try, causing Hawley to hold off the Yellowjackets, earning a 33-32 victory in the season opener at the Ted Meinhover Field on Sept. 2. Prior to the play, the Yellowjackets were flagged for too many men in the huddle, forcing the 2-point try to take place from the seven yard line. Beachy took the keeper around the right edge, dove for the goal line, but was ruled short of the end zone, allowing the Hawley sideline to erupt. “It was a hard fought game. We knew it was going to be a tough battle,” Hawley head coach Peder Naatz said. “They are a lot more physical than they were last year. They have some good size up front, but not real deep. They have good size, but they kept pounding at us. It doesn’t matter how you get the win, if you get it, you get. You just have to find a way. Our kids had two huge fourth down stops and the stop on the PAT. That penalty killed Perham, I think. We overcame some things and they overcame some things. It was just a great battle.”For the past two seasons, the Yellowjackets have gone for two instead of kicking extra points after touchdowns. Perham head coach Kyle Knutson said after the game that it is the philosophy of the coaching staff to try for two instead of the extra point. He said the success rate is almost the same when it comes to converting the 2 point try compared to kicking the extra point at the high school level.The 2-point conversion stop, spoiled a big night for the Yellowjackets on the ground. Jack DeConcini rushed for three touchdowns and caught one as well. Jenson Beachy rushed for a touchdown as well in the loss. “We are very happy with how we ran the ball,” Knutson said. “Zach Peterson ran really well for us too. DeConcini ran the ball hard. This game is not going to define us and the kids know that. We know that we can clean some things up and play better football. We are okay.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2791371","attributes":{"alt":"Zach Peterson","class":"media-image","height":"323","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The Nuggets grabbed the lead for good on the first play of the fourth quarter when Jacob Vetter rushed 24 yards off the edge, giving the Nuggets the 33-26 lead. Vetter and Drew Thompson split time at quarterback for the Nuggets.  He threw for a touchdown as well, hitting Thompson on a 15 yard connection in the first half. “We knew we were going to get Vetter some time at quarterback,” Naatz said. “Thompson is such a champion for teamwork. He was very happy to go play wide receiver. He knows Jake is a talent. I was very impressed with his patience, stretching the run play out and how calm he was. He ran the option well. We weren’t real successful with it, but he ran it well. His future is bright.”DeConcini answered for the Yellowjackets on a 10 yard run, which was set up by Beachy’s patience with the pitch on the option. “It was text book. DeConcini kept a great pitch relationship with him and Jenson was in the clutch and he pitched it,” Knutson said. “It was exactly like he was coached to do it.”It was a back and forth first half with neither team establishing themselves defensively against the run. Hawley jumped ahead with an 8 yard touchdown run from Thompson, while Perham answered with a strong drive, capped off on a Beachy to DeConcini connection for 8 yards, making it 8-7, after DeConcini powered in the 2-point try.
Hawley came back on the first play of the second quarter when Thompson hit Chase Libak on a 25-yard pitch and catch, making it 13-7 after Perham blocked the extra point. The Yellowjackets answered with a touchdown run of its own, when Beachy scampered through the defense for a 10-yard touchdown run, making it 14-13 after a failed 2-point try. However, it was Vetter’s touchdown to Thompson, which gave the Nuggets the lead, 21-13, after Vetter hit Thompson on the 2-point try. Perham came back again with the ground game, DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 4 yard score, making it 21-20, after a failed 2-point try. Hawley extended the lead in the third quarter when Donnie Loegering found the end zone with a 1 yard plunge. The extra point attempt was blocked and Hawley maintained a seven point lead. DeConcini powered into the end zone with a 5 yard run, cutting the Hawley lead to 27-26, after a failed 2-point try, setting up the explosive fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets struggled to stop the Hawley ground attack and Knutson said it is something they will work on heading into the game with East Grand Forks. “We have to stay low. Our defensive line got up to high and they moved us around,” Knutson said. “If we can stay low on the ball, our kids are strong enough and physical enough to not let that happen. We have to work on our technique.”The Yellowjackets fall to 0-1 on the season and return home to take on East Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. “We are putting this one behind us. It doesn’t define our season by any means,” Knutson said. “Hawley is a good physical football team. Hat is off to them, but we are shifting gears now. We will recuperate this weekend and hit film on Monday and get ready for East Grand Forks.”HAW 7 14 6 6--33PER 8 12 6 6--32First QuarterH: Thompson 7 yard run (Jonathan Schledt kick)P: Beachy 8 yard pass to DeConcini (DeConcini rush)Second QuarterH: Thompson 25 yard pass to Libak (kick blocked)P: Beachy 10 yard run (run failed)H: Vetter 15 yard pass to Thompson (Vetter pass to Thompson)P: DeConcini 4 yard run (run failed)Third QuarterH: Loegering 1 yard run (kick blocked)P: DeConcini 5 yard run (run failed)Fourth QuarterH: Vetter 24 yard run (run failed)P: DeConcini 10 yard run (run failed)

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Perham's Reid Moser hauls in the past with Hawley's Josh Fenske providing the coverage along the Perham sideline. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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