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Perham looking for vindication in 2011

Head Coach Mike Jordahl enters his second season at the helm of the Perham football team coming off a disappointing 2-7 season and a playoff demon no team wants to wait nine months to exorcise.

Down 20-14 late in the game, Jordan Hein, then a sophomore, led a 13-play drive from his own 36 yard line, in driving rain, to inches from the Thief River Falls goal line with under 90 seconds remaining. A fumble at the goal line ended the Yellowjackets season and spoiled the upset.

"The key to the season will be depending on our defense, scoring points and using our experience from last year to make us mesh as a team," Jordahl said.

Hein and Gabe Pankonin rotated quarterback duties until midway through the season when an injury to Pankonin gave full-time duties to Hein.

Hein gets the nod at quarterback to start this season with senior Pankonin lining up as one of the main options in the backfield with Mike Wiskow, also a senior.

Wiskow had his biggest game of the 2010 campaign in the playoff loss to Thief River Falls rushing for 135 yards.

The trio gives the Yellowjackets experience at the skill positions under and behind center. Hein's versatility will allow Perham to use all parts of the field in the shotgun option offense.

Hein will have four senior wideouts to throw to: Chris Ruther, Matt Shipman, Dillon Shields and Andre Moberg. Junior Eric Brauch was a key underclassmen at wide receiver last season and will be another important target.

Points were at a premium last season and to string victories together the Yellowjackets will simply have to put more points on the scoreboard.

"We need to score more than last year," Jordahl said.

Perham was outscored 203-133 and averaged nearly eight points less per game than their opponents. (22.4 to 14.8 per game)

Nearly a third of Perham's season point total came in a 46-20 blowout of Roseau in week seven. Perham's only other victory was a 12-6 overtime squeaker over winless Park Rapids Area in week two.

Roseau departed the North Heart O' Lakes Conference in the offseason for the Heart O' Lakes Classic Conference and was replaced by Section 7, Class 4A powerhouse Detroit Lakes. The Lakers are the only 4A school in the HOL-North. The other six teams are all Class 3A in Section 8.

Since 1992, Detroit Lakes has four state football titles (1992, 1993, 1995 and 2001) and will feature standout quarterback 6-foot-4 senior Joe Mollberg, who passed and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season.

The Yellowjackets face the Lakers Friday, Oct. 14, in Detroit Lakes. The two teams also got a look at each other at the last preseason scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 27.

Perham also features a statured leader in 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior tackle Jesse Hein.

"Jesse Hein will be a great veteran leader on the line," Jordahl said. "We will have some great experience coming back to help him."

Jesse Hein will anchor the offensive line, as well. The Hein brothers, both three-sport standouts, are the two returning all-conference football award winners from last year's squad giving a family quality to leading the team.

"Our team's leadership is cohesiveness and working together," Jordahl said. "They all know who the leaders are."

On defense, the Yellowjackets will run a base 5-2 formation with a 3-5-3 look depending on game situations.

"We have good experience coming back on our D-line and in the defensive backfield with a young, but hopeful linebacking corps," Jordahl said.

Pequot Lakes and Thief River Falls tied for the HOL-North conference title last season with matching records of 5-1.

Detroit Lakes will factor in as the team to beat. The Lakers were 7-3 last season, as an independent in search of a conference. The Lakers played a schedule that featured four games against North Dakota schools.

Perham opens the season with a bang against loathed rival Pelican Rapids at Meinhover field in Perham Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

The Vikings held Perham to less than 100 yards in last season's opener drubbing the Yellowjackets 31-7.

A start to ridding the Yellowjackets of last year's sting is a vengeful victory over Pelican Rapids in week one.

# Name Pos Grade

2 Nordick, Josh WR 11

4 Boedigheimer, Jaz WR 11

7 Hein, Jordan QB 11

8 Sailer, Luke RB 11

9 Pankonin, Gabe QB 12

10 Ruther, Chris WR 12

11 Shipman, Matt WR 12

18 Moberg, Andrew WR 12

20 Berry, Dalton RB 11

22 Sazama, Brady QB 11

25 Formanek, Matt WR 11

30 Wiskow, Mike RB 12

34 Hutmacher, Chris FB 11

42 Haverland, Ty FB 12

43 Still, Jacob RB 12

51 Sailer, Calvin OL 11

57 Carlson, Matt OL 11

60 Nylander, Cody OL 11

61 Garcia, Giovanni OL 11

64 Papenfus, Dylan OL 11

65 Christopherson, Ryan OL 12

67 Satter, Ryan OL 11

68 Laughlin, Jon OL 11

70 Botzet, Mike OL 11

71 Biegler, Garrett OL 12

72 Schoenberger, Alphonse OL 11

75 Wunderlich, Jesse OL 11

76 Graham, Scott OL 11

77 Schumacher, Mark OL 12

78 Hein, Jesse C 12

80 Andreen, Austin WR 11

81 Brauch, Eric WR 11

85 Shields, Dillon WR 12

Perham Schedule

9/2 7:00 PM Pelican Rapids

9/9 7:00 PM @ Park Rapids Area

9/16 7:00 PM @ Dilworth-Glyn-Feltn

9/23 7:00 PM Crookston

9/30 7:00 PM @ Pequot Lakes

10/7 7:00 PM Thief River Falls

10/14 7:00 PM @ Detroit Lakes

10/19 7:00 PM East Grand Forks