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The Seahawks opened the 2020 season in Wagner against the Red Raiders last Friday. It was all BEE from the start as the defending 11B Champions scored 5 first-half touchdowns and rushed for a team record 414 rushing yards en-route to a 50-6 win.
Koby Kayser scored the games first two TDs on a 3 & 4 yard run. BEE led 13-0 after one quarter. Kaden Klumb scored on a 10 yard run early in the second quarter to give his team a 19-0 lead. After a defensive stop, Klumb connected with Eric Gustafson on a 2 yard TD pass to take a 26-0 lead. Bodie Burnham capped off the first half scoring on a 23 yard run and the Seahawks led 34-0 at the half.
With a running clock for much of the second half and a mixture of varsity and junior varsity players the Seahawk tacked on two more scores. Riley Endres scored from 3 yards out to take a 42-0 lead into the final quarter. Wagner scored their only TD of the game on a 5 yard run by Chris Nelson to make the score 42-6. BEE answered back with Sutton Arend scoring from 1 yard out to make the final score 50-6.
Burnham led the Seahawks with 10 carries for 129 yards & 1 TD. Endres rushed for 81 yards & 1 TD on 9 carries. Koby Kayser rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries & 2 TDs. Clay Hohn added 61 rushing yards and Klumb rushed 3 times for 45 yards and 1 TD. Klumb went 3-of-4 passing for 26 yards and a TD. Gustafson caught 2 passes for 17 yards and a TD.
Defensively BEE was led by Brooks Jansen with 6 tackles and 1/2 a sack. Kayser tallied 6 tackles, 1/2 a sack and a tackle for loss. Rylee Schultz had 6 tackles, Tyler Kjetland finished with 5 tackles and 1/2 a sack and Camdyn Stoterau and Kody Klumb had 5 tackles each. Burnham added an interception, his 4th over the last two seasons.
As a team the Seahawks racked up 440 yards of total offense (414 rushing, 26 passing). The 414 rushing yards set a new team record for the Seahawks. The previous record was 401 rushing yards set against Flandreau in 2015. BEE also had 24 first downs in the game, which is just 1 first down short of the team record 25 set in 2017 against Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
Wagner had 81 total yards of offense (44 rushing, 37 passing). The Red Raiders had 7 first downs.
Elk Point-Jefferson was sparked by three second quarter touchdowns to pull away from Mt. Vernon/Plankinton in a 40-6 win last Friday in Mt. Vernon.
Huskies sophomore QB Noah McDermott went 6-of-9 passing for 133 yards with 2 TDs and an interception. Riley Schmitz ran for 145 yards and a TD on 15 carries. Tyler Goehring had 4 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs.
The Huskies outgained the Titans 391-94 in total yardage.
EPJ returns 10 starters on offense and 9 starters on defense this season. Senior RB Riley Schmitz is entering his 4th season as the Huskies starter. Schmitz rushed for 727 yards & 5 TDs in 2019. Senior Skyler Swatek is entering his 3rd season as a starting RB after rushing 56 times for 227 yards and a TD a season ago. Tyler Goehring, a 6'4" senior WR, looks to be the top target for first year sophomore QB Noah McDermott. Goehring caught 11 passes for 126 yards and 2 TDs in 2019.
All five offensive line starters from 2019 are back for the Huskies and they will have quite a bit of size upfront. Seniors Tyler LaFluer (6' 210lbs) and Luke McInerney (6'4 245lbs) will each start for their third season. Senior Drake Peed (6'3 275lbs) is slated to start for his fifth year. Peed has multiple offers to play college football, including Northern State, Wayne State, University of Sioux Falls and Augustana College. Juniors Ethan Kelly (6'3 290lbs) and Noah Larson (6'1 245lbs) round out the offensive line for EPJ
The Seahawks traveled to Elk Point in week 2 of the 2019 season to take on the Huskies. Though BEE trailed, very briefly in the second quarter, the Seahawks rolled to a 48-7 win.
In a slow moving first quarter Jonah Hofer scored from 10 yards out to give BEE a 6-0 lead at the end of the quarter. EPJ responded with a long, meticulous drive that was capped off with a 5 yard TD run by Ethan Hammitt. After the point after, EPJ led the Seahawks 7-6. This was the first time in history between the teams that EPJ held a lead. However, it was very short lived, as Brady Hawkins returned the ensuing kickoff 86 yards for a TD and it was all Seahawks after that. Hawkins threw a 44 yard TD pass to Hofer later in the second quarter to take a 20-6 lead into half time.
BEE came out firing in the second half. Hawkins scored on TD runs of 52 and 56 yards on back to back drives and Grant Andrews added a 2 yard TD run late in the third quarter to take a 40-7 lead into the fourth. The JV teams played out a good portion of the final quarter and BEE scored one TD on a 2 yard run by Sutton Arend.
Hawkins completed 3-of-9 passes for 101 yards and a TD. Hofer had 1 reception for 44 yards and a TD, Bodie Burnham had one reception for 46 yards, and Chase Arend added an 11 yard reception.
Hawkins led the team in rushing with 124 yards on 5 carries. Koby Kayser rushed for 65 yards on 8 carries and Hofer rushed for 55 yards on 8 carries.
Defensively, Hawkins led the way with 12 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Andrews added 10 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Eric Gustafson added 10 tackles while Rylee Schultz notched 9 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
BEE had 375 total yards of offense (101 passing, 274 rushing) and held EPJ to 173 yards of offense all of which were rushing yards.
BEE is 5-0 all time against Elk Point-Jefferson, with the Seahawks outscoring the Huskies 208-26, or an average of 42-5 points per game.
The Seahawks are riding a 15 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 22-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 811-124, or an average score of 34-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 20 of those 24 games.
The Seahawks also have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 13 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
After two weeks the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 2 of 19 first place votes. Number one ranked Winner received the other 17 first place votes. McCook Central/Montrose is 3rd, followed by Soux Valley and St. Thomas More at 4th & 5th. Teams receiving votes includes Elk Point-Jefferson, Garretson, Mobridge-Pollack and Hot Springs.
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.
There are currently no attendance restrictions on athletic events at Bridgewater-Emery, however we ask that fans refrain from going on the field following the game.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for sunny skies, a temperature of 76 degrees and winds out of the north at 10-15 mph.
The Seahawks Junior Varsity team will kick off their season on Monday, August 31st in Bridgewater against Elk Point-Jefferson with kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm. The Junior High team also kicks off their season on Tuesday, September 1st at 4:30 pm in Elk Point.