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BEE trailed 13-12 after three quarters, but managed to score 26 points in the final 10 minutes of the game to come away with a 38-13 win over Flandreau.
Both teams scored on their opening possessions, however, in different forms. Flandreau used a combination of runs and passes to drive 61 yards in 13 plays to put the first points on the board off a 2 yard run by Ethan Hoffmann. It took the Seahawks just 4 plays to respond on a 42 yard TD run by Koby Kayser. Flandreau led 7-6 after one quarter.
The second quarter saw plenty of punts from both teams struggled to move the ball offensively. Late in the first half the Fliers scored on a 32 yard pass from Tanner Christenson to Tash Lunday with just seconds left in the half. BEE trailed 13-6 at the half.
The Seahawks started to gain some momentum on the very first play of the second half as Riley Endres returned the kickoff 35 yards to give BEE great field position on the Flier 41 yard line. Eight plays and 41 yards later, Kayser plunged in from 5 yards out to cut the Flier lead to 1 point, at 13-12, with 8:06 left in the quarter. Flandreau appeared ready to lengthen their lead and drove inside the BEE 35 yard line before turning the ball over on a fumble. The Seahawks took advantage of the mistake, going on a lengthy 18 play, 58 yard drive that didn't put BEE on the board until there was 9:43 left in the final quarter. Kayser scored the rushing TD from 5 yards out to make the score 18-13. The Fliers turned the ball over on their next two drives, one a fumble and the other an interception. The Seahawks took full advantage of both, scoring on a 35 yard run by Riley Endres to take a 25-13 lead with 7:48 left, and a 24 yard TD run by Kayser with 5:28 left to take a 32-13 lead. BEE tacked on one final score with the JV team in as Kean Stevenson raced in from 26 yards out to give us the final score of 38-13.
Kayser led the way with 23 carries for 183 yards and 4 TDs. Endres added 83 yards on 10 carries and a score.
The Fliers were led by Ethan Hoffman who carried the ball 21 times for 142 yards and a TD. Tanner Christenson completed 6-of-12 passes for 67 yards and a score.
Defensively, Sam Hofer led the Seahawks with 11 tackles and a fumble recovery. Kaden Klumb added 8 tackles, 1 sack and a tackle for loss. Clay Hohn tallied 8 tackles and Jay Storm had 6. Kayser had 5 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
As a team, BEE had 305 yards of total offense (287 rushing, 18 passing) which was just one more total yard than Flandreau at 304 yards of offense (209 rushing, 95 passing). Flandreau had 4 turnovers while BEE had none. The Fliers fall to 1-4 on the season.
Through four games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 102-79, or an average of 26-20 points per game. The Seahawks have 1,067 yards of total offense (266.8 per game), 880 rushing (220 per game) & 187 passing (46.8 per game). The defense has allowed 1,229 yards of total offense (307.3 per game), 835 rushing (208.8 per game) & 394 passing (98.5 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively with 55 carries for 482 yards (8.8 yards per carry) and 8 rushing TDs. Kayser has also caught 2 passes for 57 yards. Riley Endres has 16 carries for 206 yards (12.9 yards per carry) and 3 TDs. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 9-of-21 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs, while rushing for 53 yards and a score.
Defensively, Clay Hohn leads the way with 28 tackles. Koby Kayser has 26 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Sutton Arend is next with 25 tackles, 1 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions. Sam Hofer has 24 tackles and one interception and fumble recovery.
The fifth Fighting Cougars were dealt their first loss of the season to third Sioux Valley by a final score of 42-32. Sioux Valley led 20-18 at the half. Both teams traded TDs in the third quarter with the Cossacks continuing to lead heading into the final quarter, 34-32. Sioux Valley put the game out of reach with a TD in the fourth to seal the 10 point win.
Parker Puetz led Sioux Valley to the win, accounting for all 6 Cossack touchdowns. Puetz completed 17-of-25 passes for 231 yards and 3 TDs, and also rushed for 139 yards and 3 TDs. Damien Danzeisen had 6 receptions for 104 yards.
For MCM, Gavin Gordon completed 20-of-30 passes for 282 yards and 3 TDs. Will Cleveland had 4 receptions for 145 yards and 3 TDs. Trevor Hansen led the rushing attack with 92 yards on 18 carries.
MCM fell to 3-1 on the year while Sioux Valley improved to 3-1.
MCM comes into this game with a record of 3-1. Their wins have come against Beresford (22-13), Elk Point-Jefferson (36-20), and a forfeit win over Hill City. The lone loss came at the hands of Sioux Valley last week, 42-32. The Fighting Cougars have outscored opponents 90-75, or an average of 30-25.
Through three games Gordon has thrown for 770 yards and 6 TDs. Hansen has 345 rushing yards to lead MCM. Will Cleveland may have stole the show as the top receiver last week for MCM with 145 yards and 3 TDs, but WR Cody Miles has had around 100 receiving yards in 2 games this season.
For the second straight year BEE and MCM met in a mid-season battle of unbeaten, ranked teams. And for the second straight year, the Seahawks came away with the win, by a final score of 52-6.
MCM received the opening kickoff and drove down in side BEE's 35 yard line before the Fighting Cougars' offense stalled and turned the ball over on downs to BEE. It took the Seahawks only 3 plays to find pay-dirt, as Koby Kayser scored from 62 yards out to take a 7-0 lead. After both teams traded punts, MCM put together a 9-play, 67 yard drive capped off with a 7 yard TD pass from Gavin Gordon to Bobby Koepsell with just over a minute remaining in the 1st quarter. The Seahawks led 7-6 after one.
From that point on it was all Seahawks, all night. The Seahawks responded with a 7-play, 59 yard drive highlighted by a 32 yard run by Kaden Klumb. Klumb capped off the drive with a 5 yard TD pass to Rylee Schultz and BEE led 13-6. The Fighting Cougars then went on a 16-play, 73 yard drive. Facing a 2nd & goal on the BEE 5 yard line, MCM QB Gavin Gordon kept the ball around the left side and was stuffed by the Seahawks' Bodie Burnham on the 1-yard line who forced Gordon to fumble the ball into the end zone where it was recovered by BEE. Three plays later Kayser scored on a 74 yard TD run to take a 20-6 lead. Then, BEE had the ball on the MCM 46 yard line with only seconds remaining in the first half and Sam Hofer, in for an injured Klumb, launched a pass downfield to Eric Gustafson who ripped the ball away from the defender and ran into the end-zone. BEE led 27-6 at the half.
The Seahawks scored twice in the third quarter. The first on an 80 yard TD run by Bodie Burnham, and the second a 32 yard interception return by Kayser, to take a 39-6 lead after three quarters. BEE tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter. Kayser scored his 4th TD of the night on a 55 yard run to take a 46-6 lead. Later in the final quarter, Gustafson scored on a 40 yard interception return to give us the final score, 52-6.
Kayser led BEE with a career high 238 rushing yards on 19 carries and 3 TDs. Burnham carried the ball 7 times for 98 yards and a TD. Klumb had 8 carries for 43 yards. Klumb completed 1-of-6 passes for 5 yards and a TD. Hofer completed 1-of-2 passes for 46 yards and a TD.
After rushing for nearly 1,000 yards through the first three games of the year, BEE held MCM's Jacobi Krouse in check. Krouse carried the ball 36 times for 138 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and fumbled twice. MCM's Gavin Gordon completed 17-of-31 passes for 224 yards and a TD, but the Seahawk secondary also forced Gordon to throw 4 interceptions.
As a team, BEE had 454 yards of total offense (403 rushing, 51 passing). MCM had 366 yards of total offense (142 rushing, 224 passing). The Fighting Cougars committed 8 turnovers to the Seahawks 1.
BEE is 8-0 all time against McCook Central/Montrose, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fighting Cougars 298-68, or an average of 37-9.
After four weeks the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. Number one ranked Winner received all 22 first place votes. Sioux Valley is 3rd, followed by Aberdeen Roncalli 4th. McCook Central/Montrose and Elk Point-Jefferson are tied at 5th.
In the SD Football Coaches Poll BEE is ranked #3. Winner received all 25 1st place votes. Sioux Valley is ranked second. MCM is ranked fourth followed by Aberdeen Roncalli at #5.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the radio on KOOL 98.3 FM. The Mitchell Daily Republic will also be providing a livestream of tonight's game on their website. A link for the radio and livestream is posted on the home page.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Salem calls for mostly sunny skies, a temperature of 59 degrees and winds out of the northwest at 10-15 mph.
The Seahawks JV team will travel to Salem on Monday, September 27th with kickoff scheduled for 5 pm. The Junior High team will host MCM on Tuesday, September 28th with a 4:30 pm kickoff. Both teams are undefeated this year. The JV team defeated Baltic on Monday by a final score of 48-0. The JH team improved to 5-0 with a win at Flandreau this week.