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The Seahawks had a bye last week, but 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 BEE 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.
Through four games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 264-72, or an average of 44-12 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,332 yards of total offense (388.7 per game), 1,691 rushing (281.8 per game) & 641 passing (106.8 per game). The defense has allowed 1,169 yards of total offense (194.8 per game), 837 rushing (139.5 per game) & 332 passing (55.3 per game).
Brady Hawkins leads the way offensively. Hawkins has completed 22-of-43 passes for 641 yards and 9 TDs, while rushing for 708 yards and 12 TDs. Jonah Hofer has rushed for 378 yards and 7 TDs and has 6 receptions for 226 yards & 4 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 227 yards and 2 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 212 yards and 4 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and 2 TDs. Chase Arend has 5 receptions for 121 yards and 2 TDs, and Rylee Schultz has 3 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Hawkins leads the way with 75 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. Grant Andrews is second with 68 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. Rylee Schultz has tallied 46 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Chase Arend and Brandon Jansen have 38 tackles each.
Garretson led Elk Point-Jefferson 21-14 at the half but couldn't hold on as EPJ scored 14 4th quarter points to defeat the Blue Dragons 28-21.
Garretson had 152 yards of total offense in the loss, 111 rushing & 41 passing. EPJ accumulated 313 yards of offense, 226 rushing & 87 passing.
Garretson comes into this week's match-up with a 3-3 record on the season. Their losses have come to Webster (0-20), McCook Central/Montrose (14-34), and Elk Point-Jefferson (21-28). The Blue Dragons have wins over Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (21-0), Beresford (21-23), and Flandreau (31-14). Garretson is averaging 18 points per game offensively and allowing an average of 18 points per game defensively. No individual or team stats were available.
This is the first meeting between BEE and Garretson.
The Seahawks are riding an 11 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 18-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 656-124, or an average score of 33-6. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 16 of those 20 games.
With just two weeks remaining in the regular season the Seahawks are ranked #1 in the South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 19 of 23 first place votes, 2nd ranked Winner received 4 first place votes. Webster is 3rd, followed by St Thomas More and Mt. Vernon/Plankinton at 4 & 5.
There are just 3 unbeaten teams remaining in Class 11B. BEE is 6-0. Winner is 7-0 and plays their final regular season game tonight against 0-7 Miller/Highmore-Harrold. Webster is 6-0 and travels to 0-6 Flandreau tonight before hosting 5-2 Sisseton to end the regular season.
The Bridgewater-Emery Student Boosters will be hosting a tailgate supper starting at 5:45 tonight at the football field. They will be serving pub hamburgers, chips, cookie, and water for $6. Hot cocoa and cappuccino will also be available.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater at 7 pm calls for cloudy skies, a temperature of 33 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees. Winds will be out of the northwest at 15-20 mph, gusting up to 25 mph. There is a 40 percent chance of rain/snow at kickoff.