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For the second straight year BEE and MCM met in a mid-season battle of unbeaten, ranked teams. And for the second straight year, the Seahawks came away with the win, this year by a final score of 52-6.
MCM received the opening kickoff and drove down in side BEE's 35 yard line before the Fighting Cougars' offense stalled and turned the ball over on downs to BEE. It took the Seahawks only 3 plays to find pay-dirt, as Koby Kayser scored from 62 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. After both teams traded punts, MCM put together a 9-play, 67 yard drive capped off with a 7 yard TD pass from Gavin Gordon to Bobby Koepsell with just over a minute remaining in the 1st quarter. The Seahawks led 7-6 after one.
From that point on it was all Seahawks, all night. The Seahawks responded with a 7-play, 59 yard drive highlighted by a 32 yard run by Kaden Klumb. Klumb capped off the drive with a 5 yard TD pass to Rylee Schultz and BEE led 13-6. The Fighting Cougars then went on a 16-play, 73 yard drive. Facing a 2nd & goal on the BEE 5 yard line, MCM QB Gavin Gordon kept the ball around the left side and was stuffed by the Seahawks' Bodie Burnham on the 1-yard line who forced Gordon to fumble the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by BEE. Three plays later Kayser scored on a 74 yard TD run to take a 20-6 lead. Then, BEE had the ball on the MCM 46 yard line with only seconds remaining in the first half and Sam Hofer, in for an injured Klumb, launched a pass downfield to Eric Gustafson who ripped the ball away from the defender and ran into the end-zone. BEE led 27-6 at the half.
The Seahawks scored twice in the third quarter. The first on an 80 yard TD run by Bodie Burnham, and the second a 32 yard interception return by Kayser, to take a 39-6 lead after three quarters. BEE tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter. Kayser scored his 4th TD of the night on a 55 yard run to take a 46-6 lead. Later in the final quarter, Gustafson scored on a 40 yard interception return to give us the final score, 52-6.
Kayser led BEE with a career high 238 rushing yards on 19 carries and 3 TDs. Burnham carried the ball 7 times for 98 yards and a TD. Klumb had 8 carries for 43 yards. Klumb completed 1-of-6 passes for 5 yards and a TD. Hofer completed 1-of-2 passes for 46 yards and a TD.
After rushing for nearly 1,000 yards through the first three games of the year, BEE held MCM's Jacobi Krouse in check. Krouse carried the ball 36 times for 138 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and fumbled twice. MCM's Gavin Gordon completed 17-of-31 passes for 224 yards and a TD, but the Seahawk secondary also forced Gordon to throw 4 interceptions.
As a team, BEE had 454 yards of total offense (403 rushing, 51 passing). MCM had 366 yards of total offense (142 rushing, 224 passing). The Fighting Cougars committed 8 turnovers to the Seahawks 1.
Through five games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 206-30, or an average of 41.2-6 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,818 yards of total offense (363.6 per game), 1,419 rushing (283.8 per game) & 399 passing (79.8 per game). The defense has allowed 1,095 yards of total offense (219 per game), 526 rushing (105.2 per game) & 569 passing (113.8 per game).
Kayser leads the way offensively with 575 rushing yards & 10 TDs. Kayser also has 5 receptions for 115 yards and a TD. Burnham is averaging 10 yards per carry and has 359 yards and 2 TDs. Klumb has rushed for 148 yards and 2 TDs, while also completing 13-of-26 passes for 251 yards and 6 TDs. Gustafson has 4 receptions for 118 yards and 4 TDs.
Schultz leads the way defensively with 45 tackles and 4 interceptions. Kayser is next with 33 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Sam Hofer has tallied 31 tackles and an interception. Brandon Jansen has 30 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Gustafson is 5th with 29 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions.
Flandreau lost to Garretson 31-3. The Blue Dragons out-gained the Fliers 326-107 in total yardage.
Flandreau's Tanner Christenson was 6-of-15 for 83 yards passing with an interception. Ethan Hoffman carried the ball 16 times and could only manage 17 yards. Flandreau had 24 total yards rushing.
Flandreau has already had their bye and comes into this match-up with an 0-4 record. Their losses have come against McCook Central/Montrose (12-64), Dell Rapids (16-41), Sioux Valley (12-34), and Garretson (3-31). The Fliers have not had an easy schedule with their opponents being a combined 13-4.
Individual stat leaders for Flandreau include Christenson, who has completed 17-of-48 passes for 268 yards and 3 TDs this season. Sophomore RB Hoffman has carried the ball 56 times for 106 yards. Tash Lunday is the top receiving target with 9 receptions for 155 yards and 3 TDs.
As a team, Flandreau is averaging 149 yards per game (67 passing & 82 rushing).
The Seahawks hosted the 0-4 Flandreau Flyers on September 27th in Bridgewater. It was a huge night for Brady Hawkins, as the senior had a hand in 6 of BEE's 7 TDs on the night, leading the Seahawks to a 48-6 win.
Hawkins scored on a pair of TD runs in the 1st quarter, 36 and 27 yards, to give his team a 14-0 lead. Hawkins threw a 34 yard TD pass to Chase Arend to open the scoring in the 2nd, followed by a 29 yard TD run. The Seahawks led 29-0 at that point. Hawkins then threw a 30 yard TD pass to Jonah Hofer to take a 36-0 lead. Hawkins added a 8 yard TD run and BEE led 42-0 at the half. BEE played a mixture of varsity and reserve players in the second half. Koby Kayser scored on a 1 yard TD run in the third. Flandreau added a 10 yard TD run by Matt Pauley in the 4th to make the final 48-6.
Hawkins completed 5-of-8 passes for 120 yards & 2 TDs, and rushed for 109 yards & 4 TDs to lead the way. Grant Andrews ran for 62 yards on 8 carries. Koby Kayser added 43 rushing yards and Sam Hofer had 38. Bodie Burnham caught 2 passes for 35 yards, Jonah Hofer caught 1 for 30 yards, Arend had 1 receptions for 34 yards, and Eric Gustafson caught 1 pass for 21 yards.
Defensively, Hawkins led the way with 10 tackles and an interception. Grant Andrews and Koby Kayser added 7 and 6 tackles each. Josh Bartscher had 5 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Rylee Schultz and Tyler Kjetland both added 5 tackles each.
The Seahawks had 457 yards of offense, 337 rushing & 120 passing. Flandreau had 116 yards of offense, 87 rushing & 29 passing.
BEE is 5-0 all time against Flandreau, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fliers 257-18, or an average of 51.4-3.6 points per game.
Flandreau is currently on a 30 game losing streak, with their last win coming against Beresford in 2016.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 17 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
After five weeks the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 4 of 21 first place votes. Number one ranked Winner received the other 17 first place votes. Sioux Valley jumped to 3rd, MCM fell to 3th and St. Thomas More remained at #5.
In the SD Football Coaches Poll BEE is now ranked #1, receiving 24 of 41 first place votes. Second ranked Winner received the other 17 first place votes. Sioux Valley jumped up to 3rd, MCM fell to 4th and Mobridge-Pollack held last week's spot at 5th.
Tonight's game will be broadcast online at fliers.liveticket.tv. You can also find a link on our home page.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Flandreau calls for partly sunny skies, a temperature of 72 degrees and winds out of the west at 5-10 mph.
The Seahawk Junior Varsity team will take it's 4-0 record to Volga on Monday to take on Sioux Valley. Kickoff scheduled for 4:30 pm. The Seahawk Junior High team will host Flandreau on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.