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Robert Williams / Forum News Service, Published October 22 2013

Perham cruises to win over East Grand Forks

PERHAM, Minn. – No. 3-seeded Perham built a 28-point halftime lead and defeated No. 6 East Grand Forks 35-14 on Tuesday.

The Yellowjackets advance to the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 semifinals against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Saturday in Glyndon.

Perham scored all five of its touchdowns on the ground and from long range.

Cole Schmitz put Perham up 7-0 on a 31-yard counter three minutes into the game.

“Everyone played great together,” Schmitz said. “We formed as one heartbeat, one unit, and we fought like we have all year, and we’re going to do that Saturday.”

Josh Still added a touchdown three minutes into the second quarter on an 80-yard scamper down the Green Wave sideline for a 14-0 lead.

The Yellowjackets added two more touchdowns before halftime when Payton Jordahl scored from 16 yards out with 2:30 left until the break. Eli Beachy scored from 37 yards a minute later for the 28-0 halftime advantage.

Trevor Selk broke a six-quarter scoreless streak for East Grand Forks against Perham when he scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out with 7:35 to play in the third quarter. Perham had outscored East Grand Forks 75-0 in six quarters of play this season until Selk scored.

“They were a different team,” Perham head coach Mike Jordahl said. “So are we. We’ve improved drastically and we knew they were going to come out and give us a really good luck. We were really fortunate to get things moving.”

Jordahl scored his second touchdown of the game from the 5-yard line two minutes into the fourth quarter for the final Yellowjackets score.

Tye Ausmus added a touchdown from three yards out with 6:32 to play. Selk was good around right end for the 2-point conversion.

Saturday’s game in Glyndon is scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The Rebels defeated Perham in Glyndon 21-7 in Week 3.

“We’ve got a bitter taste in our mouth from last time, and we’re ready for it,” said Mike Jordahl.

EGF 0 0 6 8–14

P 7 21 0 7–35

P–Schmitz 31 run (Bahls kick)

P–Still 80 run (Bahls kick)

P–Jordahl 16 run (Bahls kick)

P–Beachy 37 run (Bahls kick)

EGF–Selk 1 run (kick failed)

P–Jordahl 5 run (Bahls kick)

EGF–Ausmus 3 run (Selk run)

Williams is the sports editor for the Perham Focus