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It was all Seahawks from the start as BEE hosted Redfield last Friday. BEE scored 27 first quarter points en-route to a 49-0 win over the Pheasants.
The Pheasants got the ball to start the game and on 3rd and 2 BEE's Kaden Klumb intercepted a pass. Nine plays and 70 yards later Koby Kayser scored on a 34 yard TD run to take a 6-0 lead. After another BEE defensive stop, Kayser returned a punt 39 yards for a TD. The Seahawks led 13-0 after the Rylee Schultz PAT. On BEE's next offensive possession Clay Hohn scored on a 19 yard run and BEE had a 20-0 lead midway through the 1st quarter. A Sam Hofer interception on Redfield's next possession turned into a 6 yard TD run by Koby Kayser and BEE led 27-0 after one quarter. Kaden Klumb hooked up with Kayser on a 41 TD pass, and Kayser scored on a 2 yard TD run to give the Seahawks a 41-0 lead at the half. With a running clock the entire second half, BEE tacked on one final score in the 4th quarter on a 2 yard TD run by Sam Hofer and after the 2 point conversion we had the final score of 49-0.
Kayser had a huge game offensively, amassing 5 total TDs. That ties the Seahawk single game record held by Jamin Arend, Cole Gassman and Jonah Hofer. Kayser rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries and 3 rushing TDs, while also adding a punt return and receiving TD. Kayser also caught 2 passes for 66 yards. Hohn carried the ball 12 times for 70 yards and a TD. Klumb completed one pass for 41 yards and tacked on 29 rushing yards.
For Redfield, QB Easton Millar completed just 8-of-28 passes for 99 yards and 5 interceptions. Bradyn Robbins led the Pheasants in rushing with 3 carries for 27 yards.
Defensively for BEE, Eric Gustafson tallied 5 tackles, 1/2 a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Hofer had 4 tackles and an interception. Rylee Schultz added 3 tackles, 2 interceptions and a pass break-up.
The Seahawks had 315 total yards of offense (249 rushing, 66 passing). The Pheasants had 117 total yards of offense (99 passing, 18 rushing).
Through four games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 153-24, or an average of 39-6 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,364 yards of total offense (341 per game), 1,016 rushing (254 per game) & 384 passing (87 per game). The defense has allowed 729 yards of total offense (182.3 per game), 384 rushing (96 per game) & 345 passing (86.3 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 61 carries for 337 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 7 rushing TDs. Kayser has also caught 5 passes for 115 yards and a TD. Bodie Burnham has 29 carries for 261 yards (9 yards per carry) and a TD. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 12-of-20 passes for 246 yards and 5 TDs, while rushing for 105 yards and 2 TDs. Eric Gustafson has caught 3 passes for 72 yards and 3 TDs. Jay Storm has also caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 31 tackles and 3 interceptions. Brook Jansen has 22 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Eric Gustafson is next with 22 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1/2 a sack, and an interception. Kayser has 20 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.
The Fighting Cougars had to overcome 4 turnovers and a third quarter deficit to defeat Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 50-30 last week in Salem. MCM committed 3 of those turnovers in the first quarter alone and the Titans led 16-8 after one. After an MCM interception, Jacobi Krouse scored on an 82 yards run to take cut the deficit to 16-14 early in the second quarter. After forcing another interception, MCM took a 22-16 lead midway through the second. MVP scored on the following drive and the game was tied at 22 with less than 3 minutes left in the half. MCM tacked on one more score with under a minute left in the half to make it 28-22 at the half. The Titans scored just one time in the second half to take a 30-28 lead midway through the third, however MCM reeled off 22 consecutive points to get the win 50-30.
Krouse carried the ball 44 times for 412 yards and 6 TDs. MCM QB Gavin Gordon threw for 139 yards and a TD, but also threw three interceptions.
MCM comes into this game with a record of 3-0. Their wins have come against Beresford (36-9), Flandreau (64-12), and Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 50-30. The Fighting Cougars have outscored opponents 150-51, or an average of 50-17.
Through three games RB Jacobi Krause has carried the ball 100 times for 920 yards, or an average of 306 yards per game, and 13 rushing TDs. QB Gavin Gordon has 425 passing yards, or an average of 142 yards a game, with 6 TDs and 3 interceptions.
It was a rematch from a regular season game with McCook Central/Montrose in which the Seahawks won a shootout by a score of 57-35. This time, the Seahawk defense continued its dominance in the playoffs, shutting out their third straight opponent en-route to a 42-0 win over the Fighting Cougars.
MCM got the ball to start the game and the Seahawk defense made quick work of the Fighting Cougars, forcing them to a 3 and out after only gaining 3 yards. BEE then went 57 yards in 8 plays capped off by a 33 yard TD run by Jonah Hofer to take a 6-0 lead with 8:26 left in the 1st. On MCM's next possession they went 17 yards in 6 plays and failed to convert on 4th down, turning the ball back to BEE at midfield. Six plays later Koby Kayser capped off a 6 play 49 yard drive with a 13 yard TD run to give the home team a 14-0 lead with 4:38 left in the opening quarter. After Eric Gustafson intercepted an MCM pass on the next drive, the Seahawks were unable to capitalize and were forced to punt. With 1:32 left remaining in the first half MCM punted from inside their own end zone and Hofer returned the punt 39 yards for a TD. MCM completed a long pass to get inside the BEE 10 yard line, but the Seahawk defense held strong and forced an incomplete pass on 4th down to take a 21-0 lead into the half.
Midway though the 3rd Brady Hawkins connected with Chase Arend on a 30 yard TD pass to take a 28-0 lead. Just seconds into the final quarter Hawkins threw his second TD of the night, this time on a 10 yard pass to Rylee Schultz. That made the score 35-0. The last TD came with 4:27 remaining when Hawkins ran in from 31 yards out to make the final score 42-0.
Hawkins rushed 16 times for 157 yards and completed 2-of-6 passes for 32 yards. Hofer had another big game with 138 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, Grant Andrews led the way with 16 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Hawkins added 10 tackles & a tackle for loss, and Bodie Burnham had 10 tackles and 2 pass break-ups. Rylee Schultz notched 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss.
The Seahawks accumulated 348 yards of offense (316 rushing, 32 passing) and held MCM's high powered offense to just 212 total yards, (103 rushing, 109 passing) which is just 3.3 yards per play.
BEE is 7-0 all time against McCook Central/Montrose, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fighting Cougars 246-62, or an average of 35-9.
The Seahawks are riding a 17 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 24-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 894-124, or an average score of 34-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 22 of those 26 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 16 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
After four weeks the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 1 of 24 first place votes. Number one ranked Winner received the other 23 first place votes. McCook Central/Montrose is 3rd, followed by Soux Valley and St. Thomas More at 4th & 5th. Teams receiving votes includes Elk Point-Jefferson and Mobridge-Pollack.
In the SD Football Coaches Poll BEE is ranked #2, receiving 23 of 53 first place votes. First ranked Winner received the other 30 first place votes. McCook Central/Montrose jumped up to 3rd, followed by Sioux Valley and Mobridge-Pollack at 4th & 5th.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube page. You can find the link on our home page or by going to YouTube.com and searching Bridgewater-Emery.
The Bridgewater-Emery CTE Programs are hosting a tailgate meal tonight starting at 6 pm. Roast beef sandwiches, chips, bars, and bottled water will be served for $6/meal.
There are currently no attendance restrictions on athletic events at Bridgewater-Emery, however we encourage social distancing and masks. Absolutely no fans are allowed on the field following the game.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for mostly cloudy skies, a temperature of 64 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 10-15 mph.
The Seahawks JV team will host MCM on Monday, September 21st in Bridgewater at 4 pm. The Junior High team will travel to Salem on Tuesday, September 22nd for a 4:30 pm kickoff against MCM.