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It was another match-up as top 5 teams between the Seahawks and McCook Central/Montrose last week in Salem. In a back and forth game with 5 lead changes in the second half it was BEE who came out on top with a TD in the final minute to beat their Big East Conference rivals by a final score of 26-24.
MCM got on the board first. After receiving the opening kickoff the Fighting Cougars imposed their will, driving 73 yards in 16 plays. The opening drive was capped off with a 1 yard TD run by Gavin Gordon and MCM led 8-0 with just over 8 minutes left in the opening quarter. The Seahawks answered right back, using a mixture of run & pass BEE drove 63 yards in 8 plays and Kaden Klumb found Jay Storm in the end-zone for an 11 yard TD pass to make the score 8-7 in favor of MCM.
That score would hold all the way through the rest of the first half and nearly midway through the third quarter until Koby Kayser capped off an 8-play, 81 yard drive, with a 34 yard TD run. That gave the Seahawks a 14-8 lead with 7:39 left in the third. After turnovers ended both teams ensuing drives, MCM took back the lead on a 77 yard TD pass from Gordon to Cody Miles. That made the score 16-14 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
The Seahawks answered right back with a quick 6 play, 76 yard drive capped off by a 41 yard TD pass from Klumb to Riley Endres to take back the lead, 20-16, just over a minute into the final quarter. The Fighting Cougars answered back with another long, methodical drive, going 68 yards in 14 plays to regain the lead on a 2 yard TD run by Gordon. That made the score 24-20 in favor of MCM with just over 6 minutes left in the final quarter. BEE was able to drive into MCM territory, but faced a third and 22 from the Fighting Cougar 49. Klumb made the game saving play, connecting with Endres over the middle for a gain of 28 yards to keep the drive alive. Three plays later Klumb connected with Jay Storm from 5 yards out to take the lead at 26-24 with just 28 seconds remaining in the game. The Seahawk defense was prepared to step on the field for one last stand, however the ensuing kickoff traveled only 20 yards with no MCM players near and BEE recovered the kick and was able to run out the clock.
Klumb threw for a career high 238 yards and tied his career high with 3 passing TDs. Klumb also completed a career high 19-of-23 passes in the win. Kayser had a solid game as well, rushing for 123 yards and a score on 23 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards. Endres was the leading receiver with 5 receptions for 95 yards and a TD. Sam Hofer caught 4 passes for 40 yards. Storm had 34 yards receiving on 4 catches including 2 TDs. Sutton Arend caught 3 passes for 42 yards and Hunter Bailey caught a pass for 13 yards.
Hofer led defensively with 9 tackles. Storm was next with 7 tackles and an interception. Klumb tallied 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. Clay Hohn chipped in 7 tackles as well with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Rounding out the top 5 was Aguer VanSickle with 6 tackles.
Through five games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 128-103, or an average of 26-21 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,445 yards of total offense (289 per game), 1,020 rushing (204 per game) & 425 passing (85 per game). The defense has allowed 1,625 yards of total offense (325 per game), 960 rushing (192 per game) & 665 passing (133 per game). BEE has turned it on in the fourth quarter of games this year, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 53-16 in the final quarter.
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 605 rushing yards and 9 TDs. Kayser also has 4 receptions for 71 yards. Riley Endres has 226 rushing yards with 3 TDs and 5 receptions for 95 yards and a TD. Kaden Klumb has completed 28-of-44 passes for 425 yards and 5 TDs. Jay Storm has 6 receptions for 73 yards and 2 TDs. Sutton Arend has caught 5 passes for 69 yards and Sam Hofer has 5 receptions for 64 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Clay Hohn leads the way with 35 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Hofer is second with 33 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Kayser is next with 29 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Klumb is fourth with 28 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and a sack. Arend rounds out the top five with 29 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a team-high 3 interceptions.
The Watchdogs hosted Hill City last Friday in Beresford. Beresford led 34-0 at the half and rolled to a 55-0 shutout win over the Rangers in a game that ended early due to the mercy rule.
The Watchdogs racked up 299 yards of total offense and used a balanced attack in the win. Beresford threw for 137 yards and ran for 162 yards. Hill City was held to just 20 yards of total offense, 23 passing and -3 rushing.
Beresford improved to 3-2 on the season while Hill City fell to 0-5.
Beresford comes into this week with a 3-2 record. The Watchdogs started off the season with a tight loss to McCook Central/Montrose 22-13, then reeled off back-to-back wins over Flandreau (34-6) and Parker (42-9). Beresford fell to Elk Point-Jefferson 34-7 on September 17th, before their big 55-0 win over Hill City last week.
QB Tate VanOtterloo has thrown for 683 yards and 9 TDs this season to lead Beresford. Isiah Richards is VanOtterloo's favorite target with 323 receiving yards and 6 TDs.The Watchdogs are averaging 30.2 points per game and allowing 14.2 points per game.
The Seahawks took on a Beresford team grasping for a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season in 2020, and after a tight first quarter BEE scored 34 points in the second quarter to get the win 51-0. The game ended early in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.
Beresford took the game's opening possession and went 22 yards in 7 plays when Bodie Burnham intercepted a Tate VanOtterloo pass on 3rd and 11. The Seahawks fumbled on their first offensive play and Beresford recovered. However, the Watchdogs turned the ball right back over 5 plays later when BEE's Sam Hofer intercepted a VanOtterloo pass. The Seahawks went 71 yards in 12 plays and scored on a 12 yard TD pass from Kaden Klumb to Rylee Schultz. BEE led 7-0 after one quarter.
The Seahawks forced a punt on Beresford's next possession which was blocked by Schultz. Four plays later BEE scored on a 20 yard pass from Klumb to Eric Gustafson and BEE led 14-0. Klumb intercepted a Beresford pass on their next drive and scored 10 plays later on a 13 yard run to take a 21-0 lead with 7:18 left in the half. BEE scored three times in the last 5 minutes of the half. Koby Kayser ran for a 55 yard TD to take a 27-0 lead with 4:25 remaining in the half. On the Seahawks next possession Bodie Burnham scored on a 59 yard run to take a 34-0 lead. Burnham snagged his 3rd interception of the night and returned it 25 yards for a TD to give BEE a 41-0 lead at the half.
Kayser returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a TD. Josh Bartscher recovered a Beresford fumble on their ensuing drive and after the junior varsity team drove down to the Beresford 10 yard line, Schultz connected on a 27 yard field goal to end the game at 51-0.
Kayser led the Seahawks with 123 yards rushing and a TD. Burnham rushed for 85 yards and a score. Klumb completed 3-of-4 passes for 60 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Gustafson led BEE with 8 tackles and a tackle for loss. Schultz tallied 5 tackles, a tackle for loss and a blocked punt. Bartscher added 4 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery. Burnham's 3 interceptions ties Mason Potter's record of interceptions in a game which was set against McCook Central/Montrose in 2017.
For Beresford, VanOtterloo completed 4-of-17 passes for 64 yards and 5 interceptions. Payton Fridrich rushed 8 times for 11 yards.
The Seahawks had 318 yards of offense (258 rushing, 60 passing) and held Beresford to 64 yards of offense (18 rushing, 64 passing).
BEE is 6-0 all time against Beresford, with the Seahawks outscoring the Watchdogs 211-46, or an average of 35-8 points per game.
The Seahawks are riding a 25 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 32-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 1,240-171, or an average score of 36-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in all but 6 of those 34 games.
Heading into week 6, the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. Winner received all 25 1st place votes. Sioux Valley is third followed by Elk Point-Jefferson and Groton Area tied at 4th.
In this week's South Dakota Football Coaches Association poll, Winner received all 19 1st place votes. BEE is ranked 2nd followed by Sioux Valley. McCook Central/Montrose is 4th and Groton Area is 5th.
Their will be a tailgate meal provided by Bridgewater-Emery's CTE Department. Serving will start at 6:00 pm and consist of 2 roast beef sandwiches, chips, bar and bottled water for $8.
The Bridgewater Fire Department will be providing fireworks immediately following the game tonight!
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube page. You can find the link on our home page or by going to YouTube.com and searching Bridgewater-Emery.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for cloudy skies, a temperature of 70 degrees and winds out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.
Both the Seahawk Junior Varsity and Junior High teams are winding down their seasons. The JH team is 6-0 on the season after defeating MCM earlier this week and has two games remaining. They host Beresford on Tuesday, October 5th at 4:30 pm in their next match-up. The JV team improved to 8-0 with a win over McCook/Central Montrose this week and will play their final game of the season next Monday, October 4th against Beresford in Bridgewater with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm.