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It took a touchdown in the final minutes and a game sealing interception, but the Seahawks were able to outlast Beresford in the 11B Semi-finals last Friday in Bridgewater, 28-21.
BEE receiving the opening kickoff and after getting a first down, stalled at midfield and punted the ball away. The Watchdogs were unable to gain a yard on the following possession and punted back to the Seahawks' Koby Kayser who returned the kick 43 yards to the Beresford 15. Three plays later Kaden Klumb connected with Kayser on a 14 yard screen pass for the first points of the game and BEE led 6-0 with 5:53 left in the first. The Watchdogs answered right back, completing a 58 yard TD pass on the second play of the following drive to take a 7-6 lead. BEE took the next possession down to the Watchdog 41 yard line when Klumb connected with a wide open Hunter Bailey down the middle on a 3rd and 11. That gave the Seahawks a 13-7 lead after one quarter.
BEE's defense held strong and forced another 3-and-out by Beresford to start the second quarter. After a holding penalty to start the drive, the Seahawks were facing a 3rd and 20 from their own 29 yard line when Klumb completed a 12 yard pass to Bailey. Beresford was penalized with a roughing the passer on the same play which gave BEE a first down and the Seahawks took advantage, scoring 6 plays later on a 4 yard run by Kayser. That gave BEE a commanding 20-7 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Unfazed, Beresford chewed up the rest of the half on a long 16-play, 86 yard drive that was capped off by a 2 yard TD pass from Tate VanOtterloo to Michael Shegrud to make the score 20-14 at the half.
The third quarter was uneventful as both offenses struggled and the defenses forced punts. The Seahawks had the ball to start the 4th quarter on Beresford's 21 yard line looking to extend their lead. The Watchdogs stuffed BEE for no gain on 1st and 2nd downs and sacked Klumb on 3rd to force another punt. The Watchdogs started their next drive with 9:32 left in the final quarter and had another long methodical drive that went 84 yards over 13 plays that was capped off by a 4 yard TD run by Peyton Fridrich. That gave Beresford a 21-20 lead with 3:53 left in the game. A few plays into the Seahawks next drive, things were not looking good. After a penalty and a sack, BEE was looking at a 3rd and 27 from their own 25 yard line. That's when Klumb completed a 38 yard strike to a wide open Sutton Arend to not only give BEE a 1st down, but put them inside the Beresford 40 with just under 2 minutes remaining. Two plays later it was Arend again with a big play, this time it was to take the lead as Klumb connected on a 28 yard TD pass. That gave the Seahawks a 28-21 lead after the 2 point conversion with just 1:45 remaining. On the first play of Beresford's following drive, Jay Storm came up with the game sealing interception off Beresford's VanOtterloo and the Seahawks were able to get a 1st down to seal the win and run out the clock.
Klumb completed 6-of-8 passes for 147 yards and 3 TDs. Kayser rushed for 116 yards and 1 TD on 22 carries. Arend caught 2 passes for 66 yards and a score. Storm caught 2 passes for 26 yards.
Defensively, Klumb led with 9 tackles. Bailey chipped in 8 tackles. Arend also finished with 8 tackles and a tackle for loss. Clay Hohn added 7 tackles and Kayser had 4 tackles.
For Beresford, VanOtterloo completed 9-of-14 passes for 142 yards and 2 TDs. Fridrich carried the ball 24 times for 118 yards and a TD. Shegrud caught 4 passes for 42 yards.
The Seahawks had 292 total yards of offense (145 rushing, 147 passing). Beresford had 271 yards of offense (129 rushing, 142 passing).
Through eleven games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 307-199, or an average of 27.9-18.1 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,188 yards of total offense (289.8 per game), 2,228 rushing (202.5 per game) & 960 passing (87.3 per game). The defense has allowed 2,897 yards of total offense (263.4 per game), 1,835 rushing (166.8 per game) & 1,062 passing (96.5 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way with 1,370 yards on 189 carries (7.2 yards per carry) and 16 rushing TDs. Kayser also has 10 receptions for 127 yards and a TD. Riley Endres has carried the ball 30 times for 284 yards and 3 TDs. Clay Hohn has 181 rushing yards and 2 TDs. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 58-of-91 passes for 960 yards and 17 TDs. Klumb has also rushed for 140 yards and 4 TDs. Jay Storm and Sam Hofer are the leading receivers for the Seahawks. Storm has caught 12 passes for 250 yards and 4 TDs. Hofer has 12 receptions for 185 yards and 5 TDs. Endres has 10 receptions for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Arend has caught 8 passes for 150 yards and 2 TDs. And Hunter Bailey has 6 receptions for 119 yards and 3 TDs.
Defensively, Klumb leads the way with 77 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Hohn is second with 63 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Kayser is next with 52 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Arend is fourth with 50 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 4 interceptions. Hofer rounds out the top 5 with 49 tackles and 3 interceptions.
- Koby Kayser needs 41 rushing yards to break his own rushing yardage record in a season which he set last year with 1,412 yards. Kayser currently holds the record for rushing yards in a career with 3,159, breaking Jamin Arend's record of 2,985 rushing yards from 2015-19. Koby has 43 career rushing TDs, which is 2 TDs short of tying Arend's career record of 45.
- Kaden Klumb currently holds the record for completion percentage in a season and career. Klumb has completed 64% of his passes this year which is breaking Jesse Grosdidier's single season record of 61% in 2015. Klumb is at 61.5% in his career which is breaking Brady Hawkins career record of 54.1%. Kaden has also tied Hawkins' record for passing TDs in a season with 17.
The Warriors clinched their 3rd straight Class 11B Championship game appearance after a 52-14 win over Elk Point-Jefferson last Friday in Winner.
The Warriors led 6-0 after one quarter and 22-6 at the half. Winner outscored EPJ 30-8 in the second half.
Riley Orel led Winner with 169 yards rushing and 2 TDs on 10 carries. Kaden Keiser carried the ball 9 times for 81 yards and 2 scores and Aiden Barfuss carried the ball 10 times for 60 yards and a TD. Joey Cole completed all 4 pass attempts for 71 yards and a TD.
For EPJ, Noah McDermott completed 6-of-12 passes for 91 yards and a TD. McDermott also rushed for 34 yards and a TD.
Winner racked up 445 yards of offense (374 rushing, 71 passing). EPJ was held to 166 yards of offense (75 rushing, 91 passing).
The Warriors come into the championship game with a perfect 11-0 record. Season results are as follows:
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Winner is averaging 52.5 points per game and allowing only 8.6 points per game defensively. The Warriors have 4,220 yards of total offense this season, that averages out to 391 yards per game. Winner's vaunted rushing attack, which has rushed for over 300 yards 6 times this season including a 619 yard performance against MCM in the quarterfinals, averages 330 yards per game. Defensively, Winner gives up an average of 159 yards per game (54 rushing, 105 passing. W/WS/SC is the only team that has rushed for over 80 yards against the Warriors.
Individually, Winner has 3 players with over 600 rushing yards. Riley Orel leads the way with 68 carries for 897 yards and 6 TDs. Aiden Barfuss has 717 yards and 10 TDs on 70 carries, and Kaden Keiser has carried the ball 74 times for 648 yards and 15 TDs. Orel has caught 7 passes for 130 yards and 4 TDs and Orel has 7 receptions for 130 yards and 4 TDs. Ethan Bartels has 9 receptions for 208 yards and 4 TDs. QB Joey Cole has completed 26-of-38 passes for 545 yards and 10 TDs with only 1 interception. Defensively, Charley Pravacek mans the line of scrimmage with 35 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
It was the #1 ranked and defending Champion Winner that come out on top against the 2nd ranked Seahawks in a lopsided 44-0 win for the Warriors earlier this season on August 27th.
It was all Winner from the start as BEE's offense struggled mightily to get any resemblance of a drive going. The Seahawks received the opening kickoff and after getting one first down, was forced to punt. Winner made quick work of the Seahawk defense, driving 71 yards in 4 plays to take an early 8-0 lead. The Seahawks fumbled the ball away on their next two possessions and the Warriors took advantage of the short field scoring on a 1 yard run by Joey Cole and a 6 yard run by Aiden Barfuss to take a 22-0 lead after one quarter. Winner tacked on two more scores in the second quarter to take a 36-0 lead heading into the half.
With a running clock throughout the second half, Winner added one more TD, this one a 27 yard pass from Cole to Slade Cournoyer to take a 44-0 lead. The reserves played out most of the second half for both teams.
Macklen Weber led BEE with 25 yards on 3 carries. Clay Hohn added 21 yards on 4 carries. Kaden Klumb completed 2-of-5 passes for 36 yards.
Four players reached the end zone for the Warriors as they had 12 players get at least one carry in the game. Kaden Keiser led the rushing attack with 112 yards on 9 carries. Barfuss added 61 rushing yards. Cole rushed for 53 yards on 5 carries and Riley Orel carries 4 times for 52 yards. Cole also completed 3-of-3 passes for 63 yards.
BEE only had 89 yards of total offense in the loss (53 rushing, 36 passing). Winner piled up 422 yards of offense (359 rushing, 63 passing).
This was the first time BEE had been shut-out offensively since a 14-0 loss to Sioux Falls Christian on September 2nd, 2016. It was also the least amount of total yards the Seahawks have gained in a game since moving up to 11-man in 2015.
BEE is 2-3 all time against Winner. In the five meetings the Warriors have outscored the Seahawks 122-66, or an average score of 24-13.
The Seahawks are the first team in Class 11B history to qualify for 5 straight championship games.
In the five match-ups, BEE has averaged 218 yards per game (143 rushing, 75 passing) and Winner has averaged 280 yards per game (247 rushing, 33 passing).
Both teams may be known for their running game, however, outside of the 2016 semi-final game, the team with more passing yards has won the last four meetings.
Proving how key each possession is, the team with fewer turnovers is 4-0 in match-ups between the Seahawks and Warriors. In the 2019 title game both teams turned the ball over one time.
This the Seahawks 13th championship game appearance, and 8th as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan since 2010. This is the 9th time the Seahawks have appeared in a championship game in the last 13 years.
There will be a pep rally tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 pm in the high school gym in Emery. All fans are invited to attend.
The welcome home for the team following the game on Friday will be at Rivers Edge in Yankton. There will be a pasta buffet (pasta, vegetable, salad, bread stick, and drink) for $12. All fans are welcome to attend!