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The Seahawks had a bye last week, but traveled to Flandreau to take on the 0-4 Fliers on September 25th and rolled to a 50-7 win.
BEE scored on their opening drive on a 46 yard pass from Sam Hofer, filling in for Kaden Klumb who was out due to injury, to Eric Gustafson to take a 7-0 lead. After a long kickoff return, Flandreau set themselves up in great field position and took advantage a few plays later as Tanner Christenson completed a 32 yard pass to Mario Bonilla and the game was tied at 7. Later in the first, Hofer connected with Koby Kayser on a 28 yard TD pass to take a 14-7 lead after one quarter. The Seahawks tacked on two more TDs in the second quarter, one an 8 yard run by Bodie Burnham and the other a 15 yard pass from Hofer to Rylee Schultz. BEE led 27-7 at the half. Burnham scored his second rushing TD of the game in the third quarter from 46 yards out to give the Seahawks a 34-7. Kayser added a 1 yard TD run later in the third to take a 42-7 lead into the final quarter. Clay Hohn scored on a 20 yard run to give us the final score of 50-7.
Burnham led the rushing attack with 119 yards on 12 carries and 2 TDs. Kayser rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries and a TD. Hohn carried the ball 8 times for 39 yards and a TD. Hofer completed 5-of-5 passes for 142 yards and 3 TDs. Gustafson had 2 receptions for 77 yards and a TD.
Defensively, BEE was led by Tyler Kjetland with 5 tackles. Brandon Jansen had 4 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Brooks Jansen also tallied 4 tackles and a tackle for loss. Schultz had a fumble recovery and Gustafson had an interception.
For Flandreau, Tathan Headrick rushed for 57 yards on 6 carries. Christenson completed 2-of-6 passes for 37 yards and a TD.
The Seahawks had 395 yards of offense (253 rushing, 142 passing) and held Flandreau to 82 yards (45 rushing, 37 passing. BEE had 19 first downs to Flandreau's 4.
Through six games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 256-37, or an average of 43-6 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,213 yards of total offense (368.8 per game), 1672 rushing (278.7 per game) & 541 passing (90.2 per game). The defense has allowed 1,177 yards of total offense (196.2 per game), 571 rushing (95.2 per game) & 571 passing (101 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 632 rushing yards and 11 TDs. Kayser is averaging 105.3 yards per game. Bodie Burnham has rushed for 478 yards and 4 TDs and is averaging a whopping 10 yards per carry. Clay Hohn has 186 yards and 2 TDs. Kaden Klumb has completed 13-of-26 passes for 251 yards and 6 TDs and also rushed for 148 yards and 2 TDs. Eric Gustafson has 6 receptions for 195 yards and 2 TDs. Kayser has caught 6 passes for 143 yards and 2 TDs. Rylee Schultz and Jay Storm have 2 receiving TDs each.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 48 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Kayser has 36 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Brandon Jansen has 34 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Sam Hofer has 33 tackles, 1 interception and a fumble recovery. Rounding out the top 5 is Eric Gustafson who has 30 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions.
Garretson took a 14-7 lead over Elk Point-Jefferson with 5:51 left in the third quarter before giving up 30 straight points to fall 36-14.
For EPJ, Riley Schmitz rushed for 196 yards and 3 TDs. The Huskies had 335 total yards of offense (294 rushing, 41 passing).
Garretson had 173 total yards of offense (124 rushing, 49 passing). No individual stats for Garretson were available.
Garretson comes into this week's match-up with a 2-4 record on the season. Their wins have come against Webster (42-0) and Flandreau (31-3). The Blue Dragons losses came against Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (3-20), Beresford (28-34), McCook Central/Montrose (17-42) and Elk Point Jefferson (14-36). Garretson is averaging 22.5 points per game offensively and allowing an average of 22.5 points per game defensively. No individual or team stats were available.
The Seahawks were without their leading offensive and defensive player Brady Hawkins, but thanks to big performances from seniors Grant Andrews, Chase Arend & Jonah Hofer BEE rolled to a 44-0 win over Garretson.
The Seahawks got on the scoreboard early, like really early, as Hofer took the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD, his first of 4 TDs on the night. The score remained 8-0 after one and Andrews scored on the opening play of the 2nd quarter on a 6 yard run to take a 16-0 lead. Hofer followed up with TD runs of 3 and 42 later in the quarter to give BEE a 30-0 lead at half. Hofer added a 73 yard TD run in the third and Arend scored on a QB keeper from 2 yards out in the fourth.
Hofer rushed 13 times for 174 yards & 3 TDs. Andrews added 83 rushing yards and a TD.
Andrews led defensively with 10 tackles and a tackle for loss. Kaden Klumb tallied 9 tackles and Rylee Schultz added 8. Arend had a stellar performance defensively with 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
The Seahawks outgained Garretson 279-82 in total yardage. All of BEE's yards came on the ground. Garretson rushed for 57 yards on 36 attempts and threw for 25 yards.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 18 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
With a win tonight BEE would claim, at the very least, a share in the Big East Conference title. That would make it three years in a row that the Seahawks have won the conference title. Since 1988 the Seahawks have won the conference title three years in a row or more one time, from 2000-2003 as Emery/Ethan.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest SD Prep Media Football Poll. BEE received 3 first place votes. Number 1 ranked Winner received the other 17 first place votes. Sioux Valley is third, followed by St. Thomas More at fourth. Mobridge-Pollack jumped up to 5th. McCook Central/Montrose is honorable mention.
In the SD Football Coaches Poll BEE continued to hold their #1 ranking for the second week in a row, receiving 29 of 42 first place votes. Second ranked Winner received the other 13 first place votes. Sioux Valley stayed at 3rd. Mobridge-Pollack jumped up to 4th and McCook Central/Montrose fell to 5th.
There are just 3 unbeaten teams remaining in Class 11B. BEE is 6-0. Winner is 6-0 and plays their final regular season game tonight against 0-5 Miller/Highmore-Harrold. Mobridge-Pollack is 6-0 and travels to 3-3 Redfield tonight before hosting 2-4 Bennett County in the regular season finale.
If the playoffs started today, BEE would be the #1 overall seed and would host Chamberlain.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the NFHS Network at NFHSNetwork.com. A link for live streaming can be found on the home page of this website.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Garretson calls for mostly clear skies, a temperature of 76 degrees with light northwest winds. Beautiful night comparted to last season's match-up with Garretson when the temperature at kickoff was 33 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees.
The Seahawk Junior High team will play their final game of the season on Monday in Garretson with a 4 pm kickoff time.
Due to Garretson not having enough players, Monday's JV game has been canceled. The Seahawks JV team ends their season with a 6-0 record, outscoring their opponents 208-14.