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The Seahawks amassed over 400 yards of offense and scored on every offensive possession on their way to a 54-0 win over Baltic last Friday.
Koby Kayser scored a pair of rushing TDs in the opening quarter from 18 and 27 yards out to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter. Clay Hohn scored on a 1 yard run early in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead. Kayser scored his 3rd rushing TD of the afternoon on a 15 yard run to make the score 28-0 midway through the 2nd. Kaden Klumb had a hand in the final 2 Seahawk TDs of the first half. The first a 1 yard run and the second a 11 yard pass to Sam Hofer as time expired in the half to take a 42-0 lead.
The Seahawk junior varsity team finished out the second half offensively for BEE. Taite Klumb scored his first varsity TD on a 6 yard run in the third quarter to make the score 48-0 heading into the final quarter. Skylar Hopkins scored his first varsity TD on a 2 yard run to end the game early in the fourth quarter due to the 50 point mercy rule.
Kayser paced the Seahawks with 178 rushing yards and 3 TDs. Klumb completed 2-of-3 passes for 18 yards and a TD and also rushed for 65 yards and a score. Hopkins rushed for 53 yards and a score. Taite Klumb had 41 yards rushing and a TD.
Defensively, Kaden Klumb led the way with 6 tackles. Hunter Bailey had 5 tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Clay Hohn added 4 tackles and an interception. Rounding out the top 5, Jay Storm and Aguer VanSickle had 4 tackles each.
For Baltic, Isaac Weeman rushed 9 times for 46 yards. James Leffring completed 3-of-10 passes for 18 yards and rushed for 16 yards.
The Seahawks had 406 yards of total offense (388 rushing, 18 passing), their second highest offensive output of the season. BEE held Baltic to just 81 yards of offense (63 rushing, 18 passing). The Seahawks finished the regular season at 5-3, while Baltic's season ends at 1-7.
Through eight games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 210-164, or an average of 26.3-20.5 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,199 yards of total offense (274.9 per game), 1,548 rushing (193.5 per game) & 651 passing (81.4 per game). The defense has allowed 2,362 yards of total offense (295.3 per game), 1,518 rushing (189.8 per game) & 844 passing (105.5 per game).
Kayser leads the way offensively with 853 yards rushing and 12 TDs. Kayser has also caught 9 passes for 113 yards. Riley Endres has rushed for 284 yards and 3 TDs and also caught 10 passes for 129 yards and 2 scores. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 45-of-71 passes for 651 yards and 9 TDs and rushed for 118 yards and 3 TDs. Sam Hofer leads the team with 158 receiving yards on 10 receptions and 3 TDs. Jay Storm has caught 8 passes for 129 yards and 3 TDs.
Defensively, Klumb leads the way with 59 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a sack. Clay Hohn is second with 46 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Hofer is next with 42 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Kayser is fourth with 41 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 interception and a fumble recovery. Rounding out the top 5 defensively is Sutton Arend with 41 tackles, 1 tackles for loss and a team leading 4 interceptions.
The Bison defeated Lead-Deadwood 35-0 to finish the regular season on a five game winning streak last Friday night in Hot Springs. The Bison closed out the season at 7-1, while the Goldiggers finished at 5-3. No stats or game information was available.
Hot Springs comes into this first round playoff match-up with a 7-1 record. They have defeated Hill City, Newcastle, Bennett County, Rapid City Christian, Lakota Tech, Custer and lead-Deadwood. The Bison's lone loss came to St. Thomas More.
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The Bison are averaging 32 points per game and allowing 2 points per game. They have outscored their opponents 257-14. Defense has definitely been their strong suit, as Hot Springs has shut out all of their opponents in their wins. They are led by running back Landon Iverson who has 931 rushing yards and 10 TDs on the year. The Bison went 1-7 last season and failed to make the playoffs. The last time Hot Springs made the playoffs was in 2019 when they went 4-4 in the regular season and lost to BEE, 36-0, in the first round of the playoffs. The Bison's last playoff win came in 2014 when they competed in Class 11A. Hot Springs went 8-3 that year and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Madison.
It was slow going for the Seahawk offense in the opening round of the 2019 playoffs against Hot Springs. After amassing nearly 500 yards of total offense the week before at Beresford, Hot Springs held BEE to a season low 246 yards of offense. However, it was the BEE defense that made a few huge, and scoring, plays in the first half to gain momentum and shut out the Bison 36-0.
After trading punts on the first few drives, Jonah Hofer was able to break free for a 41 yard TD run to take a 6-0 lead. On their next offensive possession, the Seahawks drove down inside the Bison 5 yard line but Hawkins and Grant Andrews fumbled the exchange and Hot Springs recovered. Hot Springs snapped the ball over QB Brynn Thompson's head and Thompson fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety. The Seahawks led 8-0 after one quarter.
Hofer scored on a 55 yard run midway through the 2nd to take a 15-0 lead. With under a minute remaining and the ball inside their own 20 yard line, Hot Springs opted to take a shot down the field instead of going into the half, even though they would receive the 2nd half kickoff. Thompson's pass down-field was intercepted by Hofer who made a spectacular over the shoulder catch and returned it 52 yards for a TD. The Seahawks led 22-0 at the half.
BEE tacked on one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Hawkins ran in from 12 yards out in the third to take a 29-0 lead, and Hawkins connected with Chase Arend on a 13 yard touchdown pass to take a 36-0 lead late in the fourth.
Hofer led the Seahawks with 104 rushing yards & 2 TDs. Andrews rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries and Hawkins had 41 rushing yards and a TD.
The Bison were led by Marcus Harkless with 63 yards on 21 carries. Thompson completed 2-of-9 passes for 25 yards.
BEE had 246 yards of offense, 233 rushing & 13 passing. Hot Springs rushed for 73 yards and had 25 passing yards for a total of 98 yards of offense.
The Seahawks are 1-0 all-time against Hot Springs, defeating the Bison 36-0 in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.
The winner of tonight's game will play the winner of #2 Sioux Valley vs #15 Deuel. That game is being played in Volga tonight with kickoff scheduled for 7pm.
By the Miles: Hot Springs has the second longest road trip this week in 11B, traveling 358 miles to Bridgewater, a roughly 5 hour trip. The longest road trip belongs to St. Thomas More who is traveling to Elk Point which is 408 miles and nearly a 6 hour trip.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 42 degrees and winds out of the northwest around 10 mph.
Tonight's game will be livestreamed on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. The livestream link is posted on our home page.