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The Seahawks took on a Beresford team grasping for a playoff spot and after a tight first quarter BEE scored 34 points in the second quarter to get the win 51-0. The game ended early in the third quarter due to the mercy rule.
Beresford took the game's opening possession and went 22 yards in 7 plays when Bodie Burnham intercepted a Tate VanOtterloo pass on 3rd and 11. The Seahawks fumbled on their first offensive play and Beresford recovered. However, the Watchdogs turned the ball right back over 5 plays later when BEE's Sam Hofer intercepted a VanOtterloo pass. The Seahawks went 71 yards in 12 plays and scored on a 12 yard TD pass from Kaden Klumb to Rylee Schultz. BEE led 7-0 after one quarter.
The Seahawks forced a punt on Beresford's next possession which was blocked by Schultz. Four plays later BEE scored on a 20 yard pass from Klumb to Eric Gustafson and BEE led 14-0. Klumb intercepted a Beresford pass on their next drive and scored 10 plays later on a 13 yard run to take a 21-0 lead with 7:18 left in the half. BEE scored three times in the last 5 minutes of the half. Koby Kayser ran for a 55 yard TD to take a 27-0 lead with 4:25 remaining in the half. On the Seahawks next possession Bodie Burnham scored on a 59 yard run to take a 34-0 lead. Burnham snagged his 3rd interception of the night and returned it 25 yards for a TD to give BEE a 41-0 lead at the half.
Kayser returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a TD. Josh Bartscher recovered a Beresford fumble on their ensuing drive and after the junior varsity team drove down to the Beresford 10 yard line, Schultz connected on a 27 yard field goal to end the game at 51-0.
Kayser led the Seahawks with 123 yards rushing and a TD. Burnham rushed for 85 yards and a score. Klumb completed 3-of-4 passes for 60 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Gustafson led BEE with 8 tackles and a tackle for loss. Schultz tallied 5 tackles, a tackle for loss and a blocked punt. Bartscher added 4 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery. Burnham's 3 interceptions ties Mason Potter's record of interceptions in a game which was set against McCook Central/Montrose in 2017.
For Beresford, VanOtterloo completed 4-of-17 passes for 64 yards and 5 interceptions. Payton Fridrich rushed 8 times for 11 yards.
The Seahawks had 318 yards of offense (258 rushing, 60 passing) and held Beresford to 64 yards of offense (18 rushing, 64 passing).
Through eight games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 348-46, or an average of 43.5-5.8 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,967 yards of total offense (370.9 per game), 2,229 rushing (278.6 per game) & 738 passing (92.3 per game). The defense has allowed 1,419 yards of total offense (177.4 per game), 647 rushing (80.9 per game) & 647 passing (96.5 per game).
Kayser leads the way offensively with 901 yards rushing and 13 TDs. Kayser has also caught 7 passes for 156 yards and 2 scores. Burnham is averaging 8.9 yards per carry and has rushed for 630 yards and 6 TDs. Burnham has caught 4 passes for 133 yards and a score. Klumb has completed 20-of-36 passes for 448 yards and 11 TDs. Gustafson has 8 receptions for 224 yards and 7 TDs. Gustafson's 7 receiving TDs ties Chase Arend's record for receiving TDs in a season set in 2019. Schultz has caught 6 passes for 155 yards and 4 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 61 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Kayser is next with 44 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Brandon Jansen has tallied 43 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Burnham has 5 interceptions, which is one short of the record of 6 set by Sawyer Schultz in 2018.
The Lead-Deadwood Golddiggers fell to St. Thomas More 52-0 in a game that ended at half-time due to the mercy rule.
The Golddiggers earned a pair of first downs on their opening drive, including Lead-Deadwood's longest play of the game on a 42 yard pass from Rocke Rainey to Dylan Hon. A few plays later Rainey was sacked and brought up a third-and-22 at the STM 34 yard line. STM's standout Ryan Wojcik then snatched the first of his two interceptions in the game. The Cavaliers scored on their first offensive play and never looked back from there, rolling to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The loss dropped Lead-Deadwood to 2-5 on the season but they earned the #15 seed in the playoffs.
"When you're outmatched, all you can do is the best you can, and I thought we fought as hard as we couldn't throughout the whole game," Lead-Deadwood head coach Tom Tieszen said. "They didn't quit, which was a good thing to see".
STM's Jed Sullivan completed 3-of-3 passes for 90 yards and 3 TDs. Wojcik carried the ball 5 times for 69 yards and 2 TDs. St. Thomas More had 246 yards of offense, while Lead-Deadwood accumulated 82 yards of offense.
(Game recap information, stats and quotes credited to the Rapid City Journal)
Lead-Deadwood comes into this first round playoff match-up with a 2-5 record. Both of their wins have come against Hot Springs. The Golddigers losses have come against Bennett County, Upton/Sundance, Mobridge-Pollack, Custer and St. Thomas More.
St. Thomas More
The Golddiggers are averaging 7.71 points per game and allowing 33.14 points per game. No individual or team stats were available. Lead-Deadwood made the playoffs in 2019 where they also faced off against the #2 overall seed Winner and fell to the Warriors 60-7. Their last playoff win came in 2018 when the Golddiggers went 6-2 in the regular season and beat Red Cloud in the first round of the playoffs 40-12, before falling to Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 46-0 in the second round.
With last week's win the Seahawks clinched their third straight Big East Conference Championship. Big East conference members include Beresford, Elk Point-Jefferson, Flandreau, Garretson, McCook Central/Montrose and Sioux Valley. The last time the Seahawks won three conference titles in a row was in 2003 as Emery/Ethan when they won their fourth straight Cornbelt Conference Championship.
With last week's win it is the second time since 2010 that the Seahawks, as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, have gone undefeated in the regular season. The Seahawks have now had 7 undefeated teams (1989, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2019 & 2020) in the regular season since 1988.
The Seahawks are riding a 19 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 26-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 997-130, or an average score of 36-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 24 of those 28 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 20 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
With a win tonight the Seahawks would host the winner of Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 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 Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan and Lead-Deadwood.
By the Miles: Lead-Deadwood has the longest road trip in 11B this week, traveling 344 miles or roughly 4 hours and 53 minutes. Redfield has the longest traveling to St. Thomas More, which is 289 miles or roughly 4 hours and 32 minutes.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for cloudy skies with a slight chance of precip, a temperature of 33 degrees and winds out of the north around 10, gusting up to 15 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 livestream are posted on the home page.