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The Seahawks took on a Beresford team grasping for a playoff spot and after a tight first quarter BEE made the defensive adjustments needed to pull away from the Watchdogs for a 64-20 win.
Beresford took the opening kickoff and came out in a offensive formation that hadn't been seen by the Watchdogs this season. The home team marched down the field and scored quickly off a 2 yard run by QB Bradley Christensen to take a 6-0 lead. The Seahawk offense responded with a 19 yard TD run by Jonah Hofer and BEE led 8-6. After a defensive stop, Hofer found paydirt again, this time from 41 yards out to take a 16-6 lead. The Watchdogs answered with a TD of their own later in the quarter, a 8 yard pass from Christensen to Alex Docken, to make the score 16-14 after one.
Chase Arend, filling in for Brady Hawkins at QB for the second straight game, threw his first passing TD of the year, a 32 yard pass to Eric Gustafson that gave his team a 24-14 lead. After forcing a turnover, Hofer plunged in on a 1 yard TD run and BEE led 32-14. On the next possession, Beresford QB Christensen dropped back to pass and after scrambling due to defensive pressure, launched a pass downfield to a wide open Docken for a 66 yard TD. That would be the Watchdogs final score though, as the Seahawks defense clamped down. Hofer added a 20 yard TD run later in the 1st quarter to take a 40-14 lead into the half.
The Seahawks added 2 TDs in the third, one on a 2 yard run by Arend, and the other on an 8 yard run by Hofer. BEE led 52-14 after three quarters. Arend connected with Koby Kayser on a 12 yard pass in the fourth, and Clay Hohn scored his first varsity TD on a 24 yard run to make the final score 64-20.
Hofer led the Seahawks with a career high 210 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Hofer ties the Seahawks record for rushing TDs in a game. Cole Gassman rushed for 5 TDs against Chamberlain in 2016, and Jamin Arend had 5 rushing TDs against Mobridge-Pollock in 2018.
Arend completed 4-of-4 passes for 104 yards and 2 TDs, and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. With his 2 passings TDs, Chase is now the first player in Seahawk history to have a passing, rushing, and receiving TD in a single season.
Defensively, Brandon Jansen led the way for BEE with 14 tackles, half a sack, and a tackle for loss. Colby Weber added 9 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Rylee Schultz had 9 tackles, and Grant Andrews chipped in 9 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Tyler Kjetland also had 9 tackles, half a sack and a tackle for loss.
As a team, the Seahawks broke their 11-man points scored record with 62. The record was previously broke earlier this season when they scored 57 against McCook Central/Montrose. BEE tied their team record with 9 TDs, which also came against MCM this season.
The Seahawks accumulated 469 yards of total offense, which is second all time in BEE's 11-man history. The Seahawks rushed for 365 yards and passed for 104. Beresford had 334 yards of total offense, 130 rushing and 204 passing.
Through eight games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 372-92, or an average of 46.5-11.5 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,080 yards of total offense (385 per game), 2,335 rushing (291.9 per game) & 745 passing (93.1 per game). The defense has allowed 1,585 yards of total offense (198.1 per game), 1,024 rushing (128 per game) & 561 passing (70.1 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 759 yards and 15 TDs and has 7 receptions for 244 yards & 4 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 324 yards and 5 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 264 yards and 2 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and a TD. Chase Arend has 5 receptions for 121 yards & 2 TDs, and Rylee Schultz has 3 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Grant Andrews leads the way with 87 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Hawkins is second with 75 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. Rylee Schultz has tallied 63 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Brandon Jansen is next with 56 tackles, a tackle for loss, and half a sack. Arend has 49 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The Hot Springs Bison peaked at the right time according to head coach Ben Kramer, it just wasn't enough to get past Custer, as the Wildcats won the Southern Hills Showdown 14-7. Kramer said his team saved its best game for this rivalry showdown.
Custer struck first on a 1 yard TD run in the first quarter. Hot Springs answered with a short passing TD from Brynn Thompson to Gavin Heil and the game was tied 7-7 early in the second quarter. On the next Custer possession the Wildcats, thanks to a 69 yard run, scored on a 4 yard run to take a 14-7 lead with just under 8 minutes left in the first half. Both teams pounded the ball on the ground in the second half, but neither was able to get a drive into the red zone and the final score was 14-7.
JR RB Marcus Harkless led the Bison with 120 yards rushing on 22 carries. Thompson added 37 yards and completed 5 of 14 passes for 41 yards and a TD.
Hot Springs comes into this first round playoff match-up with a 4-4 record. Their wins have come over Newcastle Wyoming, Todd County, Bennett County and Pine Ridge. The Bison's losses have come against St. Thomas More, Lead-Deadwood, Mobridge-Pollack and Custer. Season results were as follows.
St. Thomas More
The Bison are averaging 27.5 points per game and allowing 22.6 points per game. No individual or team stats were available.
With a win tonight the Seahawks would host the winner of Sioux Valley and Sisseton next Thursday. Note that since the 11B playoffs are seeded 1-16 and no longer go by region, the bracket will not be re-seeded after the first round.
This is the first recorded match-up between the Seahawks and Bison.
The Seahawks are riding a 12 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 19-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 700-124, or an average score of 33-6. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 17 of those 21 games.
By the Miles: Hot Springs has the second longest road trip in 11B this week, traveling 358 miles or roughly 5 hours and 6 minutes. Elk Point-Jefferson has the longest traveling to St. Thomas More, which is 408 miles or roughly 5 hours and 45 minutes.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater at 6 pm calls for partly cloudy skies, a temperature of 45 degrees and winds out of the north at 5-10 mph.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM as well as a live video on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. Links for radio and video are posted on the home page.
#16 Hot Springs
*6PM - Bridgewater
#8 Sioux Valley
7PM - Volga
6PM - Mobridge
#5 McCook Central/Montrose
#12 Stanley County
6PM - Winner
#7 St Thomas More
#10 Elk Point-Jefferson
7PM - STM Field
7PM - Webster
#6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
7PM - Mt. Vernon