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After a slow first half, the Seahawks rolled to a 36-2 win over Flandreau last Friday night in Bridgewater.
After forcing a 3-and-out by the Fliers offense on the opening drive of the game, BEE struck early, scoring on a 59 yard TD pass from Drake Gustafson to Macklen Weber to take a 8-0 with 8:39 left in the opening quarter. BEE scored again, early in the 2nd quarter on a 1 yard run by Gustafson to take a 14-0 lead. Flandreau's only points on the day came on a safety with 7:20 left in the first half. BEE led 14-2 at the half.
Weber took the 2nd half opening kickoff 78 yards for a TD to lengthen the lead to 22-2. BEE's defense forced a quick 3-and-out and after a nice 31 yard punt return by the freshman Carson Johnson, the Seahawks were set up on the Flier's 39 yard line. Weber scored just 4 plays later from 26 yards out to take a 28-2 lead with 7:37 left in the 3rd. Weber capped off the scoring with a 13 yard TD run midway through the final quarter.
Weber finished with 104 rushing yards on 18 carries and 1 reception for 59 yards with 4 total TDs. Gustafson completed 5-of-7 passes for 107 yards and a TD. Holden Wollman had a reception for 29 yards and Kean Stevenson caught one pass for 16 yards.
Defensively, Weber led the way with 7 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception. Camdyn Stoterau also had 7 tackles. Sage Mendoza added 7 tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. Taite Klumb, Jaxon Koch, Kean Stevenson and Gustafson all had 6 tackles each. Gustafson and Wollman each had an interception as well.
Flandreau was led by Ben Ballard who rushed for 34 yards on 7 carries. Karter Headrick had 14 carries for 30 yards. Paul Parsley completed 5-of-15 passes for 47 yards and 3 interceptions.
As a team BEE had 239 yards of offense (132 rushing, 107 passing). Flandreau had 155 yards of offense (108 rushing, 47 passing). The Seahawks improve to 2-0, while Flandreau falls to 1-1.
Through the first 2 games of the season Macklen Weber has rushed for 318 yards and 6 TDs, and 59 receiving yards and a score. Weber has accounted for 8 of BEE's 11 offensive TDs this season. Kean Stevenson has 14 carries for 71 yards. Drake Gustafson has completed 6-of-12 passes for 120 yards and 1 TD with 2 interceptions. Gustafson also has 2 rushing TDs on the year.
Defensively, Jason Zeeb leads the way with 14 tackles, a tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks. Camdyn Stoterau is next with 12 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kean Stevenson has 11 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and an interception. Jaxon Koch is 4th with 10 tackles and Wyatt Anderson rounds out the top 5 with 9 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.
BEE has 561 yards of total offense through the first two games. Averaging 220.5 yards rushing and 60 yards passing a game. Defensively the Seahawks have given up just 187 yards of offense. Opposing offenses are averaging 92 yards rushing and 95 yards passing a game. BEE has outscored their opponents 79-2 and is limiting opponents to a stifling 17.4% conversion percentage on 3rd downs (4/23).
A 50 yard run by Clark/Willow Lake's Jack Helkenn in the first quarter was all the scoring the Cyclones need to knock off Webster, 6-0.
Offense was at a premium in a game that saw 6 punts and 237 yards of offense combined for both teams. The Cyclones had 122 rushing yards and just 8 passing yards. Webster rushed for just 33 yards and had 63 passing yards in the loss.
The Cyclones come into tonight's game with a 1-1 record. They fell to Deuel 26-8 in the season opener before getting the 6-0 win over Webster last week. After tonight's game, the Cyclones are on the road at Groton and Parker. Next, they host Mobridge-Pollock September 22nd, then have a road match-up in Wilmot against Dakota Hills. C/WL rounds out their regular season with a bye on October 6th before hosting Aberdeen Roncalli in the regular season finale.
In the season opening loss to Deuel, the Cardinals outgained the Cyclones 341-98 in total yardage. C/WL had 93 rushing and 5 passing yards. Deuel had 195 passing yards and 146 rushing yards.
Despite trailing at the half, the Seahawks were able to grind out an 18-7 win over Clark/Willow Lake during a week 3 match-up in Bridgewater last year.
Both teams struggled offensively to start the game. The Cyclones first three drives of the game ended in a 3-and-out, a fumble and a punt. Meanwhile, BEE's first couple drives ended in a fumble and a 3-and-out. Neither team scored in the opening quarter. However, the Seahawks scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 1 yard run by Macklen Weber to take a 6-0 lead. The Cyclones answered back, with a 14-play, 67 yard drive that ended with a 10 yard TD pass from Trey Huber to Tyson Huber. The nearly 6 minute drive gave Clark/Willow Lake a 7-6 lead that they carried into the half.
BEE received the ball to start the second half and marched right down the field, capping off the scoring drive with a 3 yard run by Riley Endres to take a 12-7 lead with 8:39 left in the third. The Seahawk defense held strong the rest of the way and Endres scored once again, with 7:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, on a 7 yard TD run to take an 18-7 lead and put the game out of reach for the Cyclones.
Endres led the way for BEE with 118 rushing yards on 29 carries and 2 TDs. Weber carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards and a TD. Weber completed 2-of-5 passes for 39 yards.
Defensively, Kean Stevenson led the way, tallying 14 tackles. Sutton Arend had 11 tackles and an interception. Aaron Horvath added 8 tackles and Jason Zeeb had 7.
The Cyclones were led by Trey Huber, who completed 6-of-12 passes for 61 yards and a TD and also rushed for 38 yards. Griffin Muser added 30 yards rushing.
BEE totaled 245 yards of offense (206 rushing, 39 passing). The Cyclones had 186 yards of total offense (125 rushing, 61 passing). The Seahawks improve to 3-0 while the Cyclones fall to 1-2.
This Day in Seahawk History
- On this day in 2000, Emery/Ethan defeated Freeman 38-12. The Seahawks led 22-6 at the half. Jeremy Huber led the way with 120 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Kyle Storm threw for 148 yards and a TD for the Seahawks, who outgained the Fliers 409-233 in total yardage. Dennis Duba led Emery/Ethan defensively with 13 tackles, a sack and an interception.
- On this day in 2006, the Seahawks opened up their regular season with a tough 34-28 overtime loss to Marion/Hurley in Marion. The Seahawks led 20-8 at the half, but the Cobras managed to score 20 unanswered points in the 2nd half to take a 28-20 lead. Emery/Ethan tied the game up in the final quarter, but was unable to score in OT. Drew Fergen had 60 rushing yards and a TD and Josh Endres added 56 rushing yards and a TD. Will Duba threw for 81 yards and 2 TDs in the loss. Endres tallied 21 tackles and a fumble recovery defensively.
This is second all time match-up between the Seahawks and Cyclones, with BEE getting the 18-7 win last season.
There were no changes in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll as the Seahawks continue to be ranked #4. Winner is still #1 and received 19 of 24 first place votes. Elk Point-Jefferson is 2nd and received the other 5 first place votes. Sioux Valley is third and Hot Springs is 5th. Teams receiving votes include Deuel, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central and Tri-Valley.
Winner is also ranked #1 in the latest South Dakota High School Football Coaches Poll. The Warriors received 19 of 28 1st place votes. EPJ is 2nd with 7 1st place votes. Sioux Valley is ranked 3rd and received 2 1st place votes. The Seahawks and Hot Springs round out the top 5. Teams receiving votes include Tri-Valley and W/WS/SC.
Big East Conference action tonight has Elk Point-Jefferson at Sioux Valley, Baltic hosts McCook Central/Montrose, and Parker travels to Flandreau. Ranked teams in action have Winner hosting Webster and Hot Springs at Lakota Tech.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the Cyclones LiveTicket. A link for the livestream can be found on our home page.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Clark calls for partly sunny skies with a temperature of 86 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 10-15 mph.
The Seahawk Junior Varsity team kicked off their season on Monday with a 6-0 win over Flandreau. The JV will host Menno/Scotland on Tuesday following the Junior High game.
The Junior High also kicked off their season on Tuesday with a big 40-6 win over Flandreau this week. The JH team will take on Menno/Scotland in Bridgewater on Tuesday with kickoff at 4:30 pm.