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Perham Defense Dominates Panthers in Section Quarterfinal Win

By Craig Olson, 10/26/21, 11:45PM CDT


The Perham defense held Park Rapids Area to just 75 total yards on Tuesday night as the third-seeded Yellowjackets advanced to the Section 8AAA semifinals with a 28-0 win over the Panthers.  Perham compiled 304 (289 rushing, 31 passing) total yards on the night.

Following a scoreless first quarter, Perham quarterback Colton Hackel scored on a six yard run with 4:17 left in the half.  Hackel’s extra-point kick made it 7-0 at the half.

With just 1:57 left in the third quarter, Hudson Hackel’s 1 yard run increased the Perham lead to 13-0.

Colton Hackel added an 8 yard touchdown run with 11:08 remaining in the game.  He also added the PAT kick for a 20-0 lead.  Braylon Rach’s 12 yard touchdown run with 8 minutes left closed out the scoring in the game.  Hackel tacked on a two-point conversion run for the 28-0 final.

The Perham defense recorded four sacks in the game with Ben Shumansky, Gordon Lee Enyart-Martinez, Jacob Daniels and Braylon Rach registered sacks with Shumansky and Levi Richter coming up with interceptions.  Enyart-Martinez also forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery while recording 8 tackles.  Shumansky had 9 tackles to top the defensive chart.

Colton Hackel led the offensive effort by running for 171 yards on 26 carries.  He also caught a pass from Josh Peterson for 24 yards.  Chas Melvin added 42 yards on 8 rushing attempts and Rach had 39 yards on 7 carries.

Perham will travel to Fergus Falls to face the second-seeded Otters at 6:00pm Saturday night.