Perham rolls past Green Wave
East Grand Forks Senior High’s first offensive drive featured Maguire Stanislawski’s 51-yard touchdown run to give the Green Wave the early lead.
The Green Wave’s running game, however, peaked early.
Perham answered with the next 32 points to cruise to a 45-12 win on Friday night at Senior High Field.
Yellowjackets junior quarterback Jenson Beachy threw for 162 yards, ran for 118 and scored two touchdowns and four 2-point conversions.
With East Grand Forks expecting Perham to run a spread passing attack, the Yellowjackets turned to the veer option.
“(Beachy) runs the option very well,” Perham coach Kyle Knutson said. “He’s mature and poised. We’re really happy with how he plays that.”
After Stanislawski’s score, Perham marched on a 77-yard, 11-play drive that was capped by Zack Peterson’s 10-yard run.
After a Green Wave three-and-out offensive series, Perham struck on the first play of its second drive.
Beachy found Dawson Honer behind the Green Wave defense for a 58-yard touchdown catch. After a Beachy 2-point conversion run, Perham led 16-6 with more than two minutes left in the first quarter.
“I thought in the first half, when (Perham) started to get some things rolling, we weren’t being physical or attacking the ball,” Senior High coach Ryan Kasowski said. “That resulted in big plays.
“I challenged the guys at half that Perham would get their plays, but we can’t quit. In the second half, we played better. We just can’t have that start in the first half.”
Before the first half was over, Beachy scored on a 26-yard run and Peterson ran in a score from 10 yards out. Peterson’s score helped the Yellowjackets take a 32-6 halftime lead.
“(Beachy) is so smart,” Kasowski said. “He makes all the right decisions when it comes to that veer option. He’s fast and a good athlete. He poses such a threat.”
Senior High’s passing game, which racked up more than 180 yards last week, was held to just 27 yards. Green Wave quarterback Carter Beck was 3-for-11 passing.
Perham improved to 5-1, while the Wave dropped to 2-4.