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After a slow start offensively, the Seahawks were able to pull away from Garretson and grind out a 41-9 win over the Blue Dragons.
Garretson received the opening kickoff and failed to convert on a 4th and 1, giving BEE the ball on the Blue Dragon 28 yard line. Seven plays later Kaden Klumb connected with Eric Gustafson on a 9 yard TD pass to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead. After forcing a Garretson punt BEE was faced with a 3rd and 6 on their own 20 yard line when Garretson intercepted a Klumb pass and returned it down to the Seahawks' 9 yard line. A few plays later the Blue Dragon's Dylan Kindt completed an 8 yard TD pass to Cooper Long in the corner of the end zone. The extra point was no good and BEE led 7-6 after one quarter.
The Seahawks answered back with a 10 play, 64 yard drive capped off with an 8 yard TD run by Koby Kayser to take a 14-6 lead. Garretson took the following possession and drove 72 yards, thanks in part to a 39 yard completion and a 20 yard penalty on the Seahawks, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Cody Erickson to make the score 14-9. BEE came back on the ensuing possession and ran the ball 9 straight times for 53 yards and Bodie Burnham scored from 6 yards out to take a 21-9 lead. Burnham intercepted a Garretson pass on the following drive and with time running down in the first half Klumb completed a screen pass to Rylee Schultz who broke multiple tackles on his way to a 65 yard TD. BEE led 27-9 at the half.
The Seahawks scored twice more in the second half, both in the third quarter. Klumb threw his 3rd TD pass of the night on a 50 yard pass to Burnham to give BEE a 34-9 lead. Later in the third Garretson was lined up to punt and the snap went over the punter's head. After the punter tried to kick the ball while it was rolling on the turf defensive lineman Josh Bartscher recovered the punt and returned it 31 yards for a TD to give us our final score of 41-9.
Kayser led the Seahawks with 20 carries for 146 yards and a score. Burnham carried the ball 14 times for 68 yards and a score. Klumb was 4-of-6 passing for 137 yards and 3 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz led with 8 tackles. Brandon Jansen added 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kayser, Tyler Kjetland and Bartscher had 5 tackles each.
For Garretson, Parker Schlenker rushed for 17 yards on 7 carries and Dominic Abraham carried the ball 7 times for 12 yards. Kindt completed 8-of-16 passes for 82 yards and a score.
The Seahawks had 436 yards of total offense (299 rushing, 137 passing). Garretson had 160 yards of offense (58 rushing, 102 passing)
Through seven games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 297-46, or an average of 42.4-6.6 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,649 yards of total offense (378.4 per game), 1,971 rushing (281.6 per game) & 678 passing (96.9 per game). The defense has allowed 1,337 yards of total offense (191 per game), 629 rushing (89.9 per game) & 708 passing (101.1 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 778 rushing yards and 12 TDs. Kayser also has 7 receptions for 156 yards and 2 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 546 rushing yards with 5 TDs and 3 receptions for 105 yards and a TD. Kaden Klumb has completed 17-of-32 passes for 388 yards and 9 TDs. Eric Gustafson has 7 receptions for 204 yards and 6 TDs. Rylee Schultz has 5 receptions for 143 yards and 3 TDs. Jay Storm has 3 receptions for 70 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 56 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Kayser has tallied 41 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions. Brandon Jansen has 41 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Gustafson has 34 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions.
Sioux Valley jumped out to a 34-0 lead at halftime over the Watchdogs and never looked back, handing Beresford their fourth loss of the season, 42-20.
Sioux Valley had 380 yards of total offense, 219 of which came on the ground. The Cossacks' Parker Puetz was 3-of-5 passing for 161 yards and 3 TDs. Raven Olson had four rushed for 83 yards. Jaxton Schiller added 52 yards rushing and 91 yards receiving.
For Beresford, Tate VanOtterloo passed for 133 yards and 3 TDs in the loss. Spencer Nelson had a 32 yard receiving TD, Isiah Richards caught a 40 yard TD pass and Max Orr hauled in a 36 yard TD for the Watchdogs.
Beresford comes into the regular season finale with a 2-4 record and would be a longshot to qualify for the playoffs even with a win tonight. Beresford's losses have come against McCook Central/Montrose 9-36, Wagner 34-40, Sioux Falls Christian 0-41 and Sioux Valley 20-42. The Watchdogs' wins have come against Garretson 34-28 and Flandreau 28-21.
The Watchdogs are averaging close to 21 points per game and allowing 35 points per game.
The Seahawks took on a Beresford team grasping for a playoff spot in the final week of the 2019 regular season, and after a tight first quarter BEE made the defensive adjustments needed to pull away from the Watchdogs for a 64-20 win.
Beresford took the opening kickoff and came out in a offensive formation that hadn't been seen by the Watchdogs this season. The home team marched down the field and scored quickly off a 2 yard run by QB Bradley Christensen to take a 6-0 lead. The Seahawk offense responded with a 19 yard TD run by Jonah Hofer and BEE led 8-6. After a defensive stop, Hofer found pay-dirt again, this time from 41 yards out to take a 16-6 lead. The Watchdogs answered with a TD of their own later in the quarter, a 8 yard pass from Christensen to Alex Docken, to make the score 16-14 after one.
Chase Arend, filling in for Brady Hawkins at QB for the second straight game, threw his first passing TD of the year, a 32 yard pass to Eric Gustafson that gave his team a 24-14 lead. After forcing a turnover, Hofer plunged in on a 1 yard TD run and BEE led 32-14. On the next possession, Beresford QB Christensen dropped back to pass and after scrambling due to defensive pressure, launched a pass downfield to a wide open Docken for a 66 yard TD. That would be the Watchdogs final score though, as the Seahawks defense clamped down. Hofer added a 20 yard TD run later in the 1st quarter to take a 40-20 lead into the half.
The Seahawks added 2 TDs in the third, one on a 2 yard run by Arend, and the other on an 8 yard run by Hofer. BEE led 52-20 after three quarters. Arend connected with Koby Kayser on a 12 yard pass in the fourth, and Clay Hohn scored his first varsity TD on a 24 yard run to make the final score 64-20.
Hofer led the Seahawks with a career high 210 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Hofer ties the Seahawks record for rushing TDs in a game. Cole Gassman rushed for 5 TDs against Chamberlain in 2016, and Jamin Arend had 5 rushing TDs against Mobridge-Pollock in 2018.
Arend completed 4-of-4 passes for 104 yards and 2 TDs, and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. With his 2 passings TDs, Chase is now the first player in Seahawk history to have a passing, rushing, and receiving TD in a single season.
Defensively, Brandon Jansen led the way for BEE with 14 tackles, half a sack, and a tackle for loss. Colby Weber added 9 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Rylee Schultz had 9 tackles, and Grant Andrews chipped in 9 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Tyler Kjetland also had 9 tackles, half a sack and a tackle for loss.
As a team, the Seahawks broke their 11-man points scored record with 62. The record was previously broke earlier in 2019 when they scored 57 against McCook Central/Montrose. BEE tied their team record with 9 TDs, which also came against MCM in 2019.
The Seahawks accumulated 469 yards of total offense, which is second all time in BEE's 11-man history. The Seahawks rushed for 365 yards and passed for 104. Beresford had 334 yards of total offense, 130 rushing and 204 passing.
With a win tonight the Seahawks will clinch their third straight Big East Conference Championship. Big East conference members include Beresford, Elk Point-Jefferson, Flandreau, Garretson, McCook Central/Montrose and Sioux Valley. With last week's win BEE guaranteed themselves at least a share of the conference title. The last time the Seahawks won three conference titles in a row was in 2003 as Emery/Ethan when they won their fourth straight Cornbelt Conference Championship.
Also, with a win tonight it will be the second time since 2010 that the Seahawks, as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, have gone undefeated in the regular season. The Seahawks have had 6 undefeated teams (1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 & 2019) in the regular season since 1988.
BEE is 5-0 all time against Beresford, with the Seahawks outscoring the Watchdogs 160-46, or an average of 32-9.2 points per game.
The Seahawks are riding an 18 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 25-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 946-130, or an average score of 35-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 23 of those 27 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 19 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
Including BEE, there are 3 unbeaten teams remaining in Class 11B. Winner has completed their regular season with a record of 7-0. Mobridge-Pollack was scheduled to play Bennett County tonight but that game has been canceled due to Covid concerns. Mobridge-Pollack ends their regular season with a record of 7-0.
Heading into the final week the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 3 of 19 first place votes. Number one ranked Winner received the other 16 first place votes. Sioux Valley is third followed by St. Thomas More at fourth. Mobridge-Pollack is fifth.
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 Bridgewater-Emery junior class will be hosting a tailgate meal tonight starting at 6 pm. Pulled chicken sandwiches, chips, bars, and bottled water will be served for $6/meal.
There are currently no attendance restrictions on athletic events at Bridgewater-Emery, however we encourage social distancing and masks. Absolutely no fans are allowed on the field following the game.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for cloudy skies, a temperature of 48 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.
Projected Playoff Pairings
#8 McCook Central/Montrose
#9 Stanley County
#4 Sioux Valley
#5 Elk Point-Jefferson
#12 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
#7 Woon./Wess. Springs/Sanborn C.
#14 Aberdeen Roncalli
#6 St. Thomas More
* First Teams Out