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In a wet and rainy night in Bridgewater last Friday, Beresford used ball-control and a stout defensive effort to shut down the Seahawks by a score of 23-7, and end BEE's 25 game home winning streak.
Both teams traded punts on their first possessions of the game. Then Beresford's offense got rolling, chewing up the clock and going 77 yards in 12 plays to score on a 10 yard TD run by Peyton Fridrich with seconds remaining in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead. After a quick 3-and-out, the Watchdogs offense went right back to work, driving 50 yards in 8 plays to lengthen the lead to 14-0 on a 7 yard run by Fridrich midway through the second quarter. Beresford held BEE's offense to another quick 3-and-out and the Watchdog offense drove down inside the BEE 20. When it looked like Beresford would take complete control of the game, the Seahawks forced a fumble and recovered it to stop the drive. Over 3/4 of BEE's total offensive yards for the game would come on their next drive. The Seahawks were able to drive 64 yards in 9 plays in a hurry up offense in the final minutes of the first half. BEE capped off the drive with a 16 yard TD pass from Kaden Klumb to Riley Endres with seconds left to make the score 14-7 as we headed into halftime.
Just when it seemed like the Seahawks had gained some momentum, BEE fumbled on the second play of the second half and the Watchdogs took advantage of the short field, scoring 4 plays later on a 2 yard run by Fridrich to make the score 21-7 just 2 minutes into the half. Beresford then recovered an onside kick and drove inside the BEE 10 yard line. The Watchdogs settled for a field goal attempt on a 4th and goal from the 7 which was blocked by BEE's Hunter Bailey. The Seahawks recovered the fumble, however Klumb threw an interception on the first play of the drive to hand the ball right back over to the Watchdogs. BEE's defense was able to get a 4th down stop, but gave the ball back to their offense pinned on their own 8 yards line. Two plays later a mishandled snap in the end zone resulted in a safety to stretch Beresford's lead to 23-7 early in the final quarter, which was the final points of the game.
Endres was the leading rusher for BEE, with 4 carries for 15 yards. Koby Kayser was held to just 10 yards on 6 carries. Klumb completed 4-of-8 passes for 48 yards and a TD.
Fridrich led Beresford with 31 carries for 129 yards and 3 TDs. QB Tate VanOtterloo completed 4-of-8 passes for 34 yards and ran for 78 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, BEE was led by Klumb with 15 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Kayser tallied 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Hunter Bailey was next with 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a blocked field goal.
The Seahawks were held to under 100 total yards of offense for the second time this year, only accumulating 82 yards (48 passing, 34 rushing). BEE only ran 10 total offensive plays in the entire second half, and only 30 for the game. Beresford racked up 279 yards of total offense (245 rushing, 34 passing) and ran 63 offensive plays.
Through six games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 135-126, or an average of 22.5-21 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,527 yards of total offense (254.5 per game), 1,054 rushing (175.7 per game) & 473 passing (78.8 per game). The defense has allowed 1,904 yards of total offense (317.3 per game), 1,205 rushing (200.8 per game) & 699 passing (116.5 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 615 rushing yards and 9 TDs. Kayser also has 5 receptions for 77 yards. Riley Endres has 241 rushing yards with 3 TDs and 7 receptions for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Kaden Klumb has completed 32-of-52 passes for 473 yards and 6 TDs. Jay Storm has 7 receptions for 105 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, Klumb leads the way with 43 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a sack. Clay Hohn is next with 38 tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Hofer is third with 37 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and 4 pass break-ups. Kayser is next with 37 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, an interception, a fumble recovery and 3 pass break-ups. Rounding out the top 5 is Sutton Arend with 34 tackles, a tackle for loss, 3 interceptions, a fumble recovery and 4 pass break-ups.
Sioux Valley's Damian Danzeisen scored from 2 yards out with 6 seconds remaining to beat Elk Point-Jefferson by a final score of 34-28 in Volga.
The Huskies tied the game with just under 6 minutes remaining on a 69 yard TD pass from Noah McDermott to Jakob Scarmon. However, the Cossacks were able to chew up the rest of the clock to score with seconds left to secure the win. Sioux Valley led 20-14 at the half.
Parker Puetz led the Cossacks with with 169 yards rushing, and completed 7-of-10 passes for 148 yards. Danzeisen rushed for 116 yards on 12 carries.
EPJ's McDermott completed 6-of-10 passes for 99 yards and a TD. Benjamin Swatek carried the ball 13 times for 88 yards and 2 TDs. Devon Schmitz had 11 carries for 62 yards and a TD.
Sioux Valley had 466 yards of total offense (318 rushing, 148 passing). The Huskies had 332 yards of total offense (223 rushing, 99 passing).
With the loss, EPJ fell to 4-2 on the season and Sioux Valley improved to 5-1.
EPJ comes into this week 7 match-up with a 4-2 record. The Huskies started off the season with wins over Miller/Highmore-Harrold 48-6, and Flandreau 55-6. Their first loss came to McCook Central/Montrose on September 10th, 20-36. EPJ then rolled off two straight convincing wins over Beresford 34-7, and Baltic 41-0, before losing to Sioux Valley last week.
The Huskies have a balanced rushing attack this season, with four players having 33 carries or more. Ben Swatek leads the way with 64 carries for 471 yards and 13 TDs. Lucas Hueser has carried the ball 53 times for 328 yards and 7 TDs. Noah McDermott has rushed for 166 yards on 40 carries and Devon Schmitz has 287 yards on 33 carries and 4 TDs.
McDermott has completed 38-of-58 passes for 680 yards and 3 TDs with 2 interceptions. Schmitz is his favorite target with 17 receptions for 341 yards and 2 TDs.
The Huskies have 2,269 total yards of offense or 378 yards per game (257 rushing YPG, 122 passing YPG). Defensively they have give up 1,457 total yards or 291 yards per game (152 rushing YPG, 91 passing YPG). EPJ has outscored it's opponents 226-89, or an average of 37.7-14.8 per game. The Huskies jump on teams early, outscoring opponents 74-12 in the first quarter.
The Seahawks hosted the Huskies of Elk Point-Jefferson in the second week of the 2020 season and rolled to a 34-6 win.
The Huskies kicked off to start the game and after BEE recovered an onside kick the Seahawks were set up in great field position at midfield. BEE used it to their advantage with an 11 play, 50 yard drive capped off with a 7 yard TD run by Koby Kayser to take a 6-0 lead. EPJ answered quickly though, facing a 3rd and 5 on their own 26 yard line, the Huskies completed a 74 yard TD on a reverse pass from Andrew Nearman to Riley Schmitz and we had a tie game at 6-6.
The ensuing drive for the Seahawks was a little unorthodox to say the least. BEE QB Kaden Klumb had his helmet come off during the 1st down play and had to come off the field. Sophomore QB Sam Hofer went under center facing a 2nd and 17 which became a 2nd and 22 after a BEE penalty. The following play Hofer connected on a pass to Kayser who ran near midfield before fumbling the ball. BEE's Eric Gustafson recovered the fumble in stride and returned it for a TD. That gave the Seahawks a 13-6 lead after one quarter. Gustafson scored his second receiving TD of the night on a 4 yard pass from Klumb to take a 20-6 lead late in the 1st half. With time winding down in the half EPJ tried to push the ball down field, however Rylee Schultz intercepted a pass and returned it 43 yards for a TD. BEE led 27-6 at the half.
The third quarter saw both teams defensive units prevailing as the score remained 27-6 after 3 quarters. The Seahawks would tack on one more TD in the 4th on a 20 yard run by Kayser, capping off a 7 play, 70 yard drive.
Kayser led the rushing attack for BEE with 83 yards on 17 carries and 2 TDs. Kayser also caught 3 passes for 40 yards. Bodie Burnham had 10 carries for 80 yards. Klumb completed 5-of-8 passes for 105 yards and a TD.
Defensively the Seahawks were led by Schultz with 12 tackles and an interception. Brandon Jansen tallied 10 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Kayser, Burnham and Josh Bartscher each finished with 8 tackles. Bartscher added a sack and a tackle for loss.
As a team BEE had 363 total yards of offense (180 rushing, 182 passing). EPJ had 278 yards of total offense (166 rushing, 112 passing).
BEE is 6-0 all time against Elk Point-Jefferson, with the Seahawks outscoring the Huskies 242-32, or an average of 40-5 points per game.
After last week's loss to Beresford, the Seahawks fell to 5th in the 11B standings. If the playoffs started today BEE would host #12 Hot Springs. EPJ would be the 10 seed and travel to Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in the first round.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Seahawks are ranked 4th in the latest SD Prep Media Poll. BEE fell two spots after last week's loss. Winner continues to be ranked #1, receiving all 22 first place votes. Sioux Valley moved up into the #2 spot. Groton Area (6-1) is third. EPJ rounds out the top 5.
In this week's SDFBCA poll, Winner received all 27 first place votes. Sioux Valley jumped up to #2 and the Seahawks fell to #3. Groton Area is 4th and McCook Central/Montrose is ranked 5th.
Tonight's game at Elk Point is Military Appreciation night. All veterans and service members will be admitted to the game for free and are invited to join one another either in the stands or on the track to be recognized prior to kickoff.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on YouTube. A link for live streaming is available here.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Elk Point calls for partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 74 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.
The Seahawks Junior Varsity team's season came to end earlier this week. BEE ended their season undefeated with a 20-8 win over Beresford. Not including the Flandreau Jamboree, the JV team outscored it's opponents 214-46.
The Junior High team also beat Beresford earlier this week and is 7-0 on the season. They wrap up their season on Tuesday, Oct 12th against Elk Point-Jefferson. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 pm in Bridgewater.