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The Seahawks piled up 28 first quarter points and rolled to a 44-0 win over Baltic in the season opener.
Sam Hofer got the scoring started for BEE, completing a 6 yard TD pass to Drake Gustafson on the games opening drive to take an 8-0 lead. After trading punts, a Baltic fumble was recovered by the Seahawks inside their own 5 yard line. Hofer scored 2 plays later to give BEE a 14-0 lead with just under 5 minutes left in the quarter. The ensuing kickoff was recovered by the Seahawks and 5 plays later Riley Endres ran in from 25 yards out to give his team a 20-0 lead with 3:16 left in the 1st quarter. Baltic went 3-and-out on their following drive and the Seahawks went 55 yards in 3 plays, capped off by a 12 yard TD run by Jaden Eddy. That gave BEE a 28-0 lead after one quarter. Late in the 2nd quarter, Hofer scored on a 12 yard run, capping off a 15-play, 57 yard drive, and the Seahawks led 36-0 at the half. With a running clock the second half, BEE tacked on one more TD on a 35 yard run by Kory Storm to give us our final, 44-0.
Endres led the attack offensively for BEE, rushing for 156 yards and a TD on 14 carries. Hofer completed 4-of-5 passes for 86 yards and a TD, and also rushed for 20 yards and 2 TDs. Storm carried the ball 3 times for 46 yards and a TD. Eddy added 37 yards rushing on 10 carries and a TD. Sutton Arend was the leading receiver with 3 receptions for 80 yards.
Defensively, Camdyn Stoterau led the way with 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kody Klumb added 6 tackles and a tackle for loss and Jason Zeeb had 4 tackles and a tackle for loss. Aguer VanSickle had a sack and Gustafson had an interception.
For Baltic, Isaac Weeman was the leading rusher with 18 yards on 7 carries. Tate Feucht completed 5-of-15 passes for 21 yards and an interception.
BEE racked up 342 yards of total offense (256 rushing, 86 passing). The Seahawks had 20 first downs and totaled 8 penalties for 40 yards. Baltic ended up with just 26 yards of total offense (5 rushing, 21 passing).
Things of Note From Week 1
The Seahawks defensive efforts against Baltic were stellar, and among one of the best defensive games played by the Seahawks since the move up to 11-man.
- The 26 total yards of offense given up is the 3rd fewest given up by BEE all-time. The current record for least total yards given up is -3 yards against Wagner in 2019.
- BEE gave up only 5 rushing yards in last week's win. That is the third fewest all-time. The current record for least rushing yards allowed is -39 against Wagner in 2019.
The Fliers kicked off the season by hosting McCook Central/Montrose in Big East Conference action. MCM led 6-0 at the half and held on to defeat Flandreau 20-7.
MCM's Boston Katzer completed a 53-yard TD pass to Ty Doblar for the only score in the first half. Doblar returned a kickoff 78 yards for a TD in the third quarter to extend the lead. The Fliers answered back with a 28 yard TD pass from Paul Parsley to Ethan Hoffman to cut the lead to one score. MCM then put the game away in the fourth on a Katzer TD pass to Jackson Grady to secure the win.
For MCM, Katzer completed 20-of-31 passes for 227 yards with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions in the win. Parsley completed 11-of-23 passes for 149 yards for Flandreau.
Flandreau comes into tonight's game with an 0-1 record. The rest of the Fliers' schedule this season consists of home match-ups against Baltic and Sioux Valley and road games against Parker, Elk Point-Jefferson, Jim River, and now Class 11-A Beresford.
Josh Edlund takes over as the new head coach for Flandreau this season. Offensive starters for the Fliers include: SR RB/DB Ethan Hoffman (6', 175 lbs), who rushed for 574 yards, had 238 receiving yards and 7 total TDs last season, SO QB/DB Paul Parsley (6', 162 lbs), SR RB/LB Lane Johanson (6', 180 lbs), SR WR/DB Tison Burgraff (6'3", 170 lbs), SR TE/LB Kolby Peters (6'3", 200 lbs), SO WR/DB Ben Ballard (5'9", 160 lbs), SO OL/DL Gauge Ballard (5'8", 150 lbs), SR OG/DL Gary Moose (5'11, 170 lbs), FR OT/DL Emmett Skroch (5'8", 195 lbs) and SR OG/DL Caleb Pitsenberger (5'7, 170 lbs). Those same 7 will also return on defense. Peters had 32 tackles last season and Hoffman tallied 55 tackles in 2021 with 2 interceptions.
Starting defensive lineman include Skroch, Pitsenberger, Gauge Ballard and FR Willian Lone Bear (5'11", 230 lbs). Linebackers are Ben Ballard, Peters and SO Karter Headrick (5'10", 170 lbs). Defensive backs are Hoffman, Parsley, Burggraff and JR Brendan Peterson (6', 165 lbs).
BEE trailed 13-12 after three quarters, but managed to score 26 points in the final 10 minutes of the game to come away with a 38-13 win over Flandreau last season.
Both teams scored on their opening possessions, however, in different forms. Flandreau used a combination of runs and passes to drive 61 yards in 13 plays to put the first points on the board off a 2 yard run by Ethan Hoffmann. It took the Seahawks just 4 plays to respond on a 42 yard TD run by Koby Kayser. Flandreau led 7-6 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw plenty of punts from both teams struggled to move the ball offensively. Late in the first half the Fliers scored on a 32 yard pass from Tanner Christenson to Tash Lunday with just seconds left in the half. BEE trailed 13-6 at the half.
The Seahawks started to gain some momentum on the very first play of the second half as Riley Endres returned the kickoff 35 yards to give BEE great field position on the Flier 41 yard line. Eight plays and 41 yards later, Kayser plunged in from 5 yards out to cut the Flier lead to 1 point, at 13-12, with 8:06 left in the quarter. Flandreau appeared ready to lengthen their lead and drove inside the BEE 35 yard line before turning the ball over on a fumble. The Seahawks took advantage of the mistake, going on a lengthy 18 play, 58 yard drive that didn't put BEE on the board until there was 9:43 left in the final quarter. Kayser scored the rushing TD from 5 yards out to make the score 18-13. The Fliers turned the ball over on their next two drives, one a fumble and the other an interception. The Seahawks took full advantage of both, scoring on a 35 yard run by Riley Endres to take a 25-13 lead with 7:48 left, and a 24 yard TD run by Kayser with 5:28 left to take a 32-13 lead. BEE tacked on one final score with the JV team in as Kean Stevenson raced in from 26 yards out to give us the final score of 38-13.
Kayser led the way with 23 carries for 183 yards and 4 TDs. Endres added 83 yards on 10 carries and a score.
The Fliers were led by Ethan Hoffman who carried the ball 21 times for 142 yards and a TD. Tanner Christenson completed 6-of-12 passes for 67 yards and a score.
Defensively, Sam Hofer led the Seahawks with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kaden Klumb added 8 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Clay Hohn tallied 8 tackles and Jay Storm had 6. Kayser had 5 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
As a team, BEE had 305 yards of total offense (287 rushing, 18 passing) which was just one more total yard than Flandreau at 304 yards of offense (209 rushing, 95 passing). Flandreau had 4 turnovers while BEE had none.
This Day in Seahawk History
- On this day in 2011, the 9-man Seahawks defeated Freeman 54-8. The Seahawks racked up 38 first quarter points on their way to the win. Wade Miller rushed for 87 yards and a TD to lead the way. Kendall Lindeman rushed for 2 touchdowns and Kyelle Herrick and Anthony Huber each rushed for a score. Seth Wethor returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score and a punt 47 yards for another. BEE outgained Freeman 239-170 in total yardage.
- On this day in 2016, the Seahawks opened their second season in 11-man with a home contest against Beresford. After jumping out to a quick 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, Beresford answered back with scores to end the first half and start the second half to cut the lead to 21-14. The Seahawks answered later in the third quarter and went on to win 28-14. Cole Gassman led the way, rushing for 186 yards and 2 TDs. Sam Arend and Jesse Grosdidier each added rushing TDs in the win. Colton Plagmann, Bradlee Schultz and Dustin Weber led defensively with 6 tackles each. The Seahawks outgained Beresford 423-91 in total yardage.
BEE is 7-0 all time against Flandreau, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fliers 345-38, or an average score of 49-5.
The Seahawks continue to be ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. Winner is still #1 and received all 21 first place votes. Elk Point-Jefferson is 3rd, followed by Sioux Valley and St. Thomas More. Teams receiving votes include Aberdeen Roncalli, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton, Parker, Hot Springs, and McCook Central/Montrose.
Big East Conference action tonight has Baltic hosting Elk Point-Jefferson. Non-conference action has Sioux Valley hosting Sisseton and Parker at Tri-Valley. McCook Central/Montrose travels to Hot Springs tomorrow (Saturday) for a 5:00 pm central time kickoff.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on Flandreau Fliers Live. A link for the live broadcast can be found on the home page.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Flandreau calls for mostly cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms, a temperature of 76 degrees and winds out of the southeast around 10-15 mph.
The Seahawk Junior Varsity team kicked off it's season with a win on Monday over Baltic, 34-6. The JV team travels to Flandreau on Monday with a 4:30 pm kickoff. The Seahawk Junior High team tied with Baltic, 16-16 on Monday. The JH team will host Flandreau on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.