The Perham Yellowjackets jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and took a 34-0 halftime lead on the way to a 34-8 win over Fergus Falls on Wednesday night at Ted Meinhover Field in Perham.
Colton Hackel scored his first of three touchdowns on the night just 1:26 into the opening quarter when he carried the ball over the goal line from 2 yards out to cap a 6 play, 70 yard drive and give the home team a 6-0 advantage. A 3-yard run by Chas Melvin with only 5 seconds left in the quarter, followed by a two-point conversion run by Melvin increased the Yellojwackets lead to 14-0.
Hackel’s second TD run, this one from 9 yards, came at the end of a 9 play, 65 yard drive and was followed by a Hackel to Gareth Covington two-point conversion pass, giving Perham a 22-0 lead with 7:01 remaining in the half. Hackel added a 4 yard TD run with 4:10 left, upping the Perham lead to 28-0. The final Perham touchdown came on a 2 yard run by Melvin with 49 second remaining in the half, giving the Yellowjackets a 34-0 lead at the break.
Fergus Falls got their lone score as time expired in the third quarter. Logan Schake ran the ball in from 5 yards out. Andrew Johnson then hit Austin Rinke for the two-point conversion.
Perham had 255 yards rushing and 81 passing yards for a total of 336 yards. Hackel ran for 164 yards on 18 carries and Melvin finished with 94 yards on 15 attempts. Hackel also completed 5-of-8 passes for 81 yards. Josh Peterson hauled in four passes for 71 yards. Defensively, Austin Aanenson and Gabe Thompson had interceptions and Austin Schmelz forced a fumble. Schmelz and Jacob Daniels each had 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle.
The Otters were held to 137 total yards, with 116 coming on the ground and 21 through the air. Cole Zierden (10 carries, 48 yards) and Kaden Hartwell (10 carries, 46 yards) were the top rushers for the Otters. Johnson completed just 2-of-9 passes for 21 yards. Luke Newman had one reception for 18 yards. Defensive leaders were Landon Thacker with a sack, Austin Rinke with an interception and Cole Zierden with a fumble recovery.
“Perham is a very good team and they played very well tonight,” said Fergus Falls Head Coach Steve Olson. “We are looking forward to finding out our seed for the playoffs, which begin on Tuesday. We are in line for a number four seed and a first round home playoff game, but we will know for sure by mid-morning on Friday.”