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Big Night from Hackel Leads Perham Past Fergus Falls

By Craig Olson, 09/21/19, 7:00AM CDT


The Perham High School football team scored in every quarter on Friday night as they defeated the Fergus Falls Otters for the first time in school history, posting a 44-6 win at the Otter Stadium Field.

Quarterback Colton Hackel got things started when he broke a 34 yard touchdown run with just one minute remaining in the opening quarter.  Finn Diggins carried the ball over the goal line for the two-point conversion and Perham led 8-0.

A Dawson Kellogg run of 4 yards, followed by a Hackel run for the two-point conversion put the Yellowjackets in front 16-0.  The Perham defense recorded a safety with 8:22 left in the half to increase their lead to 18-0.  With six minutes to go Maddux Kovash hauled in a 29 yard Hackel pass and Perham led 24-0 at halftime.

Noah Rooney was on the receiving end of a 30 yard TD pass from Hackel with 4:16 remaining in the third quarter, giving Perham a 30-0 lead.

A six-yard touchdown run by Hackel was followed by a two-point conversion run by Kellogg with 8:29 left in the game, and the final Perham TD came on a seven-yard run by Josh Peterson with 5:38 to play.

Logan Schake scored the lone Fergus Falls touchdown from one yard out with twelve seconds remaining.

Perham amassed 433 yards of offense in the game, 254 rushing and 179 passing.  They were led by Hackel (24 carries, 157 yards, 10-13 passing, 179 yards), Rooney (4 catches, 68 yards) and Dylan Lysne (2 catches, 50 yards).  Defensive leaders were Brian Ramos (7 tackles), Kellogg (6 tackles), Diggins (6 tackles, 2 sacks).  Isaac VanWatermulen and Rian Soberg each had a sack.  Connor Kostynick and Andrew Jacobson each recovered a fumble and forced fumbles were recorded by Jacobson and Carter Aakre.

Logan Schake led the Otters with 67 rushing yards on 9 carries.  Ethan Olson completed 5-of-17 passes for 76 yards and Abel Aho had two receptions for 52 yards.

Logan Schake is tackled by Aaron Lorentz. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Michael Maanum is brought down by a Perham defender. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN

Parker Jacobs is tackled by Dawson Kellogg. PHOTO by MELISSA BABOLIAN