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The Seahawks were without their leading offensive and defensive player Brady Hawkins, but thanks to huge night from seniors Grant Andrews, Chase Arend & Jonah Hofer, it didn't matter as BEE rolled to a 44-0 win over Garretson.
The Seahawks got on the scoreboard early, like really early, as Hofer took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD, his first of 4 TDs on the night. The score remained 8-0 after one and Andrews scored on the opening play of the 2nd quarter on a 6 yard run to take a 16-0 lead. Hofer followed up with TD runs of 3 and 42 later in the quarter to give BEE a 30-0 lead at half. Hofer added a 73 yard TD run in the third and Arend scored on a QB keeper from 2 yards out in the fourth.
Hofer rushed 13 times for 174 yards & 3 TDs. Andrews added 83 rushing yards and a TD.
Andrews led defensively with 10 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kaden Klumb tallied 9 tackles and Rylee Schultz added 8. Arend had a stellar performance defensively with 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
The Seahawks outgained Garretson 279-82 in total yardage. All of BEE's yards came on the ground. Garretson rushed for 57 yards on 36 attempts and threw for 25 yards.
Through four games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 308-72, or an average of 44-10.3 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,611 yards of total offense (373 per game), 1,970 rushing (281.4 per game) & 641 passing (91.6 per game). The defense has allowed 1,251 yards of total offense (178.7 per game), 894 rushing (127.7 per game) & 357 passing (51 per game).
Brady Hawkins leads the way offensively. Hawkins has completed 22-of-43 passes for 641 yards and 9 TDs, while rushing for 708 yards and 12 TDs. Jonah Hofer has rushed for 549 yards and 10 TDs and has 6 receptions for 226 yards & 4 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 295 yards and 5 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 227 yards and 2 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and a TD. Chase Arend has 5 receptions for 121 yards & 2 TDs, and Rylee Schultz has 3 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Grant Andrews leads the way with 78 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. Hawkins is second with 75 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. Rylee Schultz has tallied 54 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Arend has 44 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Parker Puetz ran for four touchdowns as Sioux Valley picked up a key win over Beresford 34-15.
Puetz ran for 99 yards and Jaxton Shiller ran for 137 yards for the Cossacks. Sioux Valley outgained Beresford 321-225 in total yards, including 307-103 on the ground.
Beresford got off to a 7-0 start off a 7 yard run by Bradley Christensen. Christensen rushed for 84 yards & 2 TDs and also completed 7-of-21 passes for 122 yards. Sioux Valley answered with a Puetz 11 yard run late in the first to give his team an 8-7 lead. Puetz added scoring runs of 10 yards and 2 yards in the 2nd to make it 20-7 at the half. Puetz added another 6 yard score early in the fourth and McKade Rentsch scored on a 3 yard run to put Sioux Valley ahead 34-7. Christensen closed out the scoring with a 21 yard run with just over a minute remaining.
The Cossacks improved to 4-3 and likely earned a playoff berth with the win, meanwhile Beresford fell to 3-4 and will need a win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Beresford comes into the regular season finale with a 3-4 record and likely needs to win to make the playoffs. Beresford's losses have come against McCook Central/Montrose 32-39, Garretson 13-21, Elk-Point Jefferson 26-27, and Sioux Valley 15-34. Their wins have come over Wagner 38-14, Sioux Falls Christian 21-18, and Flandreau 34-6.
The Watchdogs are averaing 25.6 point per game and allowing 22.7 points per game.
The Seahawks opened the 2018 season at Beresford and came away with a hard fought 14-6 win over the Watchdogs. After a scoreless first quarter, Beresford was able to tack on the first TD of the game in the 2nd off a 4 yard pass from Bradley Christensen to Tyler Kropuenske to take a 6-0 lead over the Seahawks into the half. Jamin Arend scored for BEE in the third and after the Brady Hawkins PAT, the Seahawks led 7-6 heading into the 4th. Sawyer Schultz sealed the win for BEE in the final quarter, intercepting a pass late in the game and returning it 32 yards for a TD.
Both teams struggled offensively, whether it was turnovers or penalties. The Seahawks lost 2 fumbles and had 5 penalties for 45 yards. Beresford threw 3 interceptions and had 8 penalties for 72 yards.
Arend led BEE, rushing for 70 yards and a TD. Hawkins rushed for just 19 yards and completed 3-of-7 passes for 19 yards.
Hawkins lead with 16 tackels and a tackle for loss defensively. Carter Dye also had a big game with 14 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. Schultz notched 12 tackles and had 2 interceptions.
The Seahawks had 147 yards of offense, 128 rushing & 19 passing. Beresford rushed for 104 yards and threw for 88 yards, for a total of 192 yards.
With a win tonight the Seahawks will clinch their second straight Big East Conference Championship. Big East conference members include Beresford, Elk Point-Jefferson, Flandreau, Garretson, McCook Central/Montrose and Sioux Valley. The last time the Seahawks won back-to-back conference titles was in 2002-03 as Emery/Ethan.
Also, with a win tonight it will be the first time that the Seahawks, as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, have gone undefeated in the regular season. The Seahawks have had 5 undefeated teams (1989, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2007) in the regular season since 1988.
BEE is 4-0 all time against Beresford, with the Seahawks outscoring the Watchdogs 96-26, or an average of 24-6.5 points per game.
Heading into the final week of the regular season the Seahawks are ranked #1 in the South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 19 of 20 first place votes, 2nd ranked Winner received 1 first place vote. Webster is 3rd, followed by St Thomas More and Mt. Vernon/Plankinton at 4 & 5.
There are 3 unbeaten teams remaining in Class 11B. Winner has a bye this week and finished their regular season at 8-0. Webster is 7-0 and hosts 5-2 Sisseton tonight.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Beresford at 7 pm calls for partly cloudy skies, a temperature of 62 degrees and winds out of the west at 10-15 mph.
Projected Playoff Pairings
#16 Hot Springs
#9 Sioux Valley
#5 McCook Central/Montrose
#12 Stanley County
#7 St Thomas More
#10 Elk Point-Jefferson
#6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton