GLYNDON, Minn. — The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton football team entered this season with some unfinished business to take care of. The Rebels put together a 6-0 campaign last fall before the pandemic brought it to an abrupt end.
The Rebels are determined to finish what they started a year ago, and that was apparent Friday against Perham in a battle of 2-0 teams. D-G-F wasn't ready to give up their perfect start to the season and left no doubt as to which was the superior team.
The No. 6-ranked Rebels found the end zone in all four quarters to throttle the Yellowjackets 48-0.
“We were coming in to win. That’s all we do,” senior McKale Pierson said.
Pierson ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries to help lift the Rebels to the Class 3A, Section 8 football win. D-G-F improved to 3-0 with the victory, while Perham fell to 2-1.
“Putting a goose egg up against these guys is just awesome,” Pierson said. “Putting up 48 points is just unheard of in these kinds of years. I love it. Me and my guys are putting it up and putting it all out there.”
Pierson helped set the tempo in the opening drive of the game as he hauled in a 42-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Owen Leach. Leach completed 5 of 7 passes for 111 yards and a score Friday. It was Leach’s first touchdown pass of the season, and it capped a five-play opening drive.
“Every time you’re going out to meet a team, you don’t know exactly where you're at,” Rebels head coach Anthony Soderberg said. “To march down and score, that put big wind in our sails and we kept plugging on after that.”
The Rebels racked up over 400 yards of total offense, picking up 297 yards on the ground and 111 through the air. Perham was held to 145 yards in D-G-F’s second shutout of the season.
“We had a pretty decent week of practice. On Thursday on the walkthrough it wasn’t very crisp, so we challenged the seniors a little bit to right the ship by today, and they came out and executed really well,” Soderberg said.
The Rebels certainly did that Friday, dominating on both sides of the ball. D-G-F’s stout defensive unit allowed just four first downs. Soderberg’s group won the turnover battle, tackled well and didn’t have many penalties.
“It’s so rewarding. Coming out against this good team and playing as well as we did just feels awesome,” Pierson said.
Pierson made his way into the end zone for an 11-yard rushing touchdown to put the Rebels up by 13 halfway through the first quarter. A turnover on a Perham interception set up D-G-F’s second scoring drive.
The Yellowjackets ate up more than five minutes off the clock on the ensuing drive, but a turnover on downs put the ball back in D-G-F’s hands six seconds into the second quarter. A flurry of second-quarter Rebels scores pushed D-G-F’s halftime lead to 34-0.
Nick Waale scampered into the end zone from 10 yards out and ran in the conversion to open the onslaught. The Yellowjackets had the ball for just two plays before a fumble gave it right back to D-G-F. The costly turnover set up Pierson’s second score of the game, a 6-yard scamper.
After forcing a 3-and-out in Perham’s following possession, Logan Johnson ran it in four yards to cap D-G-F’s second-quarter attack. The Rebels mounted a 34-0 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the shutout win.
The Yellowjackets lost 55 yards to penalties Friday. Perham quarterback Colton Hackel connected on 3 of 12 passes for 50 yards with two interceptions. Charles Melvin caught all three of Hackel’s completions.
Hudson Hackel led the limited ground game with 5 carries for 21 yards.
The Yellowjackets got the ball to start the second half, but it would only take 1 minute, 38 seconds for an interception to give it right back to D-G-F, which ate up a majority of the third quarter with a long touchdown drive. The Rebels marched 84 yards for a touchdown to grab a 40-point lead late in the frame.
Perham’s next possession ended in a punt, while D-G-F’s ended with its final score of the game a minute into the fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets put together a nine-minute drive, but were unable to capitalize.
The Rebels next play East Grand Forks at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at home. The Yellowjackets host Detroit Lakes at 6 p.m. next Friday.