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The Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season last week to number one ranked Winner, 36-0. This was the first time BEE had been shut out at home since the jump to 11-man in 2015. The last time the Seahawks were shut out in a home game was in the Seahawk's final year of 9-man in 2014 when they lost to Howard, 0-36, in Emery.
Despite the lopsided score, BEE trailed just 14-0 at the half. The Seahawks had a chance to cut the Warriors lead to one score late in the first half as they were driving in Winner territory, however a BEE fumble was recovered by the Warriors to end the drive. Winner's first score came on the opening drive of the game on a 3 yard run by Aiden Barfuss with 9:51 left in the 1st quarter. Barfuss scored on a 5 yard run with 9:51 left in the second quarter to make it 14-0. Winner tacked on two more scores in the third quarter; a Blake Volmer 2 yard run with 9:08 left, and a 7 yard pass from Volmer to Ethan Bartels with 3:46 left, to make the score 28-0 heading in the final quarter. Volmer scored on an 18 yard run early in the fourth to make the final score 36-0.
Sutton Arend led BEE with 95 yards on 16 carries. The Seahawks finished with just 133 yards of total offense (127 rushing, 6 passing), and turned the ball over 3 times.
Aiden Barfuss rushed for 102 yards on 16 carries and 2 TDs for Winner. Blake Volmer added 65 yards on 5 carries and 2 scores. Volmer also completed 3-of-8 passes for 19 yards and a TD. Winner totaled 318 yards of offense (299 rushing, 19 passing).
Defensively, Aguer VanSickle led with 10 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Drake Gustafson had 9 tackles and an interception. Sutton Arend added 6 tackles.
Through six games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 148-83, or an average of 25-14 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,444 yards of total offense (240.7 per game), 1,101 rushing (183.5 per game) & 343 passing (57.2 per game). The defense has allowed 1,034 yards of total offense (172.3 per game), 792 rushing (132 per game) & 242 passing (40.3 per game).
Riley Endres, who suffered a season ending injury last week, is the leading rusher for BEE with 488 yards and 8 TDs. Macklen Weber has rushed for 260 yards and 4 TDs. Sutton Arend has 171 rushing yards and a TD. Arend also has 9 receptions for 225 yards and a score.
Defensively, Aguer VanSickle leads the way with 39 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Drake Gustafson is next with 38 tackles and 3 interceptions. Aaron Horvath has 36 tackles and an interception. Kean Steven is 4th with 35 tackles and an interception. Sutton Arend rounds out the top 5 with 33 tackles and an interception.
MCM had a bye last week but traveled to Volga to take on Sioux Valley the week prior and rallied to a 18-14 win over the Cossacks.
Sophomore QB Boston Katzer led MCM, completing 19-of-24 passes for 252 yards and 2 TDs. Ty Doblar had 10 receptions for 94 yards and a TD and Ty Morrison had 98 yards on three receptions and a score. Jackson Remmers rushed for MCM's other score, finishing with 23 carries for 117 yards.
For Sioux Valley, Donovan Rose had 14 carries for 90 yards and both Cossack TDs. Lane Liebsch carried the ball 14 times for 64 yards. The Cossacks rushed for 218 total yards.
Sioux Valley led 14-0 before MCM scored with 32 seconds left in the first half to cut the lead to 14-12 in a game that started late due to weather. The Fighting Cougars outgained the Cossacks 371-304 in total yards.
MCM comes into this game with a record of 5-1. Their wins have come against Flandreau (20-7), Hot Springs (16-7), Baltic (54-0), Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central (40-0) and Sioux Valley (18-14). Their lone loss of the year came to Elk Point-Jefferson (0-35) on September 16th.
The Sophomore QB Boston Katzer has been putting up big numbers for MCM. Katzer has completed 84-of-130 passes for 1,104 yards and 12 TDs with only 3 interceptions. Katzer spreads the ball around, with at least four different receivers having at least 12 receptions and 100 yards. Junior Ty Morrison has 21 receptions for 268 yards and 5 TDs, Junior Ty Doblar has 15 receptions for 270 yards and 4 TDs, Senior Will Cleveland has caught 16 receptions for 179 yards and Senior Jackson Grady has 175 receiving yards on 12 receptions and 2 TDs. Leading the rushing attack for MCM is Junior Jackson Remmers who has rushed for 615 yards and 6 TDs on 124 carries.
As a team, MCM is averaging just over 360 yards a game offensively (220 passing, 142 rushing). Defensively, counting four of their five games (Baltic's team stats not available), MCM gives up an average of 203 yards a game (119 rushing, 84 passing).
The Fighting Cougars finish up their regular season with a home match-up against Parker next week.
The Seahawks met McCook Central/Montrose in Salem for a week 5 match-up between top 5 ranked teams in 2021. In a back and forth game with 5 lead changes in the second half it was BEE who came out on top with a TD in the final minute to beat their Big East Conference rivals by a final score of 26-24.
MCM got on the board first. After receiving the opening kickoff the Fighting Cougars imposed their will, driving 73 yards in 16 plays. The opening drive was capped off with a 1 yard TD run by Gavin Gordon and MCM led 8-0 with just over 8 minutes left in the opening quarter. The Seahawks answered right back, using a mixture of run & pass BEE drove 63 yards in 8 plays and Kaden Klumb found Jay Storm in the end-zone for an 11 yard TD pass to make the score 8-7 in favor of MCM.
That score would hold all the way through the rest of the first half and nearly midway through the third quarter until Koby Kayser capped off an 8-play, 81 yard drive, with a 34 yard TD run. That gave the Seahawks a 14-8 lead with 7:39 left in the third. After turnovers ended both teams ensuing drives, MCM took back the lead on a 77 yard TD pass from Gordon to Cody Miles. That made the score 16-14 with just over a minute left in the third quarter.
The Seahawks answered right back with a quick 6 play, 76 yard drive capped off by a 41 yard TD pass from Klumb to Riley Endres to take back the lead, 20-16, just over a minute into the final quarter. The Fighting Cougars answered back with another long, methodical drive, going 68 yards in 14 plays to regain the lead on a 2 yard TD run by Gordon. That made the score 24-20 in favor of MCM with just over 6 minutes left in the final quarter. BEE was able to drive into MCM territory, but faced a third and 22 from the Fighting Cougar 49. Klumb made the game saving play, connecting with Endres over the middle for a gain of 28 yards to keep the drive alive. Three plays later Klumb connected with Jay Storm from 5 yards out to take the lead at 26-24 with just 28 seconds remaining in the game. The Seahawk defense was prepared to step on the field for one last stand, however the ensuing kickoff traveled only 20 yards with no MCM players near and BEE recovered the kick and was able to run out the clock.
Klumb threw for a career high 238 yards and tied his career high with 3 passing TDs. Klumb also completed a career high 19-of-23 passes in the win. Kayser had a solid game as well, rushing for 123 yards and a score on 23 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 14 yards. Endres was the leading receiver with 5 receptions for 95 yards and a TD. Sam Hofer caught 4 passes for 40 yards. Storm had 34 yards receiving on 4 catches including 2 TDs. Sutton Arend caught 3 passes for 42 yards and Hunter Bailey caught a pass for 13 yards.
Hofer led defensively with 9 tackles. Storm was next with 7 tackles and an interception. Klumb tallied 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. Clay Hohn chipped in 7 tackles as well with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Rounding out the top 5 was Aguer VanSickle with 6 tackles.
This Day in Seahawk History
2011 - The Seahawks improved to 5-1 on the year with a 42-14 win over Kimball/White Lake in Kimball. BEE led 22-14 at the half before putting the game away with 20 3rd quarter points. Anthony Huber led the rushing attack with 144 yards and 2 TDs. Kendall Lindeman added 124 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Jace Connor had 51 passing yards and a score as well for the Seahawks who outgained K/WL 340-179 in total yards.
2016 - BEE rolled to a 40-0 win over Elk Point-Jefferson. Cole Gassman rushed for 238 yards and a TD to lead the Seahawks. Jamin Arend added 71 rushing yards and a score. Jesse Grosdidier completed 4-of-5 passes for 70 yards and 3 TDs. Jacob Eddy had 2 receiving TDs and Arend had the other. The win put BEE at 4-3.
If the playoffs started today, this would be the 11B playoff match-ups:
#1 Winner vs #16 Flandreau
#8 Deuel vs #9 Hot Springs
#4 Elk Point-Jefferson vs #13 Rapid City Christian
#5 McCook Central/Montrose vs #12 Sioux Valley
#2 Aberdeen Roncalli vs #15 Tri-Valley
#3 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton vs #14 Clark/Willow Lake
#6 St. Thomas More vs #11 Redfield
#7 BEE vs #10 Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central
BEE is 9-0 all time against McCook Central/Montrose, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fighting Cougars 324-92, or an average of 36-10.
Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, BEE fell to #3 in the latest SD Prep Media Poll after the loss to Winner last week. Winner received all 18 first place votes. Elk Point-Jefferson jumped up to #2. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton is 4th followed by Aberdeen Roncalli.
In this week's SD Football Coaches Poll BEE is ranked #3. Winner received all 21 1st place votes. EPJ is ranked 2nd, receiving 6 first place votes. Aberdeen Roncalli and MVP are tied at 4th.
Only one other Big-East Conference team is in action tonight and that is Elk Point-Jefferson, who is hosting Tri-Valley. The biggest game in the state tonight is in Winner where the Warriors will host #1 West Central. With a win, Winner would most likely have the #1 seed locked up for the playoffs. However, if the Warriors lose, it could bump them down to #3 with a potential semi-final matchup with the 2 seed Elk Point-Jefferson.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the radio on KOOL 98.3 FM and livestreamed on MCM's LiveTicket. Links for the radio and live stream are available on our home page.
There will be a free will donation chili feed prior to tonight's game at the football field in Salem. Proceeds will go to their FCA, student council and NHS groups. Serving will start at 5:30 pm.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Salem calls for partly sunny skies, a temperature of 45 degrees and winds out of the northwest around 10.
The Junior Varsity game scheduled for Monday, October 10th in Salem has been canceled.
The Junior High team will host MCM on Tuesday, October 11th in their season finale with a 4:30 pm kickoff. The JH team beat Wagner 44-16 last week and improved to 5-1-1 on the season.