Robert Williams / Forum News Service, Published October 16 2013
Park Rapids edges Perham for share of HOL football title
Tyler McCollum hit Jon Burlingame from 19 yards out for the only score of the game with 6 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the first half.
“It was a hard-fought game on both sides,” Park Rapids head coach Aaron Morris said. “Fortunately, we played well and caught some breaks, and I give credit to our defense. They played well, and we just made things happen. Our strength has been our defense all year.”
Burlingame was a star on both sides of the ball, picking off two Eli Beachy passes. His first gave Park Rapids first-and-goal at the 4-yard line just four minutes into the third quarter.
Tyler Glines intercepted McCollum at the goal line on second down to deny the Panthers going up two scores. Glines matched Burlingame with two interceptions and leads the HOL with six picks this season.
Park Rapids drove the length of the field on a drive that began inside its own 10-yard line and stalled at Perham’s 7 with 5:03 to play.
Perham then drove to midfield, converting a fourth-and-9 on a pass from Beachy to Nick Bahls. Perham failed to gain yardage on first down, Beachy was sacked on the next play by Nate Rak, and Burlingame sealed the win for Park Rapids with his second interception of the game at the Park Rapids 22-yard line.
“Beating Perham is a huge thing,” Burlingame said. “That’s someone I always look forward to playing, and if we can beat them, that’s the best. State is our goal. State and beyond.”
Detroit Lakes shares the HOL title with Park Rapids after DL defeated Pequot Lakes 18-7. Both teams finished conference play with 5-1 records.
Thief River Falls and Perham tied for third place with 4-2 marks.
P 0 0 0 0–0
PR 0 7 0 0–7
PR–Burlingame 19 pass from McCollum (kick good)
Williams is the sports editor for the Perham Focus