Muddy conditions led to plenty of turnovers as the No. 2-ranked Patriot football eked past the Park Rapids Panthers 21-20 in the section quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

"We came out a little flat," quarterback Cale Wolf said. "We wanted to amp it up after the half, and we did. We got a couple of scores and then kind of flattened out again, but I'm proud of our boys for not breaking."

The Patriots had two turnovers and had three of their punts blocked. Some penalties were costly late in the game, but the team managed to hang on for the narrow victory against a Panther team that finishes the season 1-8.

"A win is still a win," coach Bill Magnuson said. "We're happy about that. We tip our hat to Park Rapids, because they were ready to play and they played hard. We came out and played really well in the third quarter and got the lead, then had some bad breaks - a couple of blocked punts, and those will kill you ... I don't think we are satisfied after that, but we get to play another game."

With the win, the Patriots now host the No. 3-ranked Perham Yellowjackets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Pequot beat Perham by a score of 29-28 two weeks ago.

"We have to believe in what we do and just play smart football," Magnuson said. "Tonight, we had a couple of penalties that were really costly at times ... We know Perham wants to come in here and beat us after we beat them there, and we know the challenge in front of us, but we get to play again and we are going to try to play 48 minutes of football."