Football: Patriots top Perham in regular season finale

After winning just one game in 2021, the Patriots are 6-2 so far

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Pequot Lakes' Cullen Kratochvil, left, and Darby Boelter celebrate after Boelter intercepted a pass with a minute left to seal the victory against Perham on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022.
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PEQUOT LAKES — Quarterback Grant Loge threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriot football team topped the Perham Yellowjackets 22-12 in the regular season finale on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

"They are a very good team," senior quarterback Grant Loge said. "They came in knowing they were going to have to stop the pass ... but we had John Paul (Elsenpeter) come in and run very hard, and we ran it right down their throats."

John Elsenpeter rushed for 189 yards for the Patriots while Cullen Kratchovil caught two touchdown passes for the Patriots.

The 6-2 Patriots now move into the postseason with an opening round home game against Greenway at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

"It's a new season now," Loge said. "No one has a win and no one has a loss, and the loser goes home. We definitely don't want to lose."

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Perham 0 12 0 0 – 12

Pequot Lakes 7 8 7 0 – 22

First quarter

PL-Riley Larson 17-yard pass from Grant Loge (Tommy Blommer kick) 8:52

Second quarter

P-Hudson Hackel 34-yard pass from Blaiz Schmidt (kick blocked) 11:16

P-Colton Hackel 16-yard pass from Blaiz Schmidt (run failed) 7:13

PL-Cullen Kratochvil 13-yard pass from Grant Loge (John Elsenpeter run) 2:54

Third quarter

PL-Cullen Kratochvil 4-yard pass from Grant Loge (Tommy Blommer kick) 7:58

Team statistics

Rushes-yards: PL 47-234, P 29-106

Pass comp-att-int-yds: PL 14-26-0-200, P 12-22-2-190

Total offense: PL 73-434, 51-296

Individual leaders

Rushing: PL-John Elsenpeter 26-189, Darby Boelter 9-33, Bryer Nordby 8-18, Cullen Kratochvil 1-4

Passing: PL-Grant Loge 14-26-200

Receiving: PL-Bryer Nordby 4-63, Riggs Magnuson 5-60, Cullen Kratochvil 3-40, Darby Boelter 1-20, Riley Larson 1-17

Overall: PL 6-2.

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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