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Robert Williams / Forum Communications Co., Published August 31 2012

Still, Perham defeat Pelican Rapids

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – Josh Still took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown as Perham defeated Pelican Rapids

21-14 in high school football on Friday.

“The blocking was great,” Still said. “Huge hole, we practiced it a lot.”

Pelican Rapids starting quarterback Devin Schell engineered a game-tying drive on the Vikings’ first possession.

Pelican Rapids scored on a three-yard run by Carlos Gutierrez capping a 12-play 65-yard drive to even the score at seven.

Schell left the game after a big hit on the first play of the Vikings’ second drive of the game.

Perham drove 61 yards on 10 plays ending in a Payton Jordahl two-yard run to go up 14-7 early in the second quarter.

Perham quarterback Jordan Hein connected with CJ Mulcahy for a touchdown from 40 yards out on fourth-and-11 with 6:10 remaining for the eventual game-winner.

“At halftime, we felt like we should be up 35-0,” Hein said. “We couldn’t get everything on full cylinders. We just couldn’t finish. We hit them in the mouth right away and had our bruises in the middle, but I thought we played pretty well.”

Tucker Forsgren blocked a Perham punt attempt with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter giving the Vikings the ball at the Perham 29.

Three plays later, Gutierrez scored his second touchdown of the game in the opening minute of the fourth quarter cutting Perham’s lead to 21-14.

Perham kicker Nick Bahls missed a 35-yard field goal late giving the Vikings a chance to tie in the final two minutes.

Pelican Rapids drove past midfield but stalled on fourth down at the Perham 43-yard line.

PER 7 14 0 0 — 21

PEL 7 0 0 7 — 14

P-Still 85 return (Bahls kick)

PR-Gutierrez 3 run (Diaz kick)

P-Jordahl 2 run (Bahls kick)

P- Mulcahy 40 pass from Hein (Bahls kick)

PR-Gutierrez 10 run (Diaz kick)

Williams writes for the East Otter Tail Focus