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The Seahawks got off to a quick start in quarterfinal playoff action in Bridgewater last Thursday against Sioux Valley. BEE's defense forced a 3 -and-out and after a bad snap on the Sioux Valley punt, the Seahawks set up on the Cossacks' 27 yard line. Two plays later Brady Hawkins connected with Chase Arend on a 33 yard TD pass to take a quick 6-0 lead. That would be all the points BEE needed, as the defense shutout Sioux Valley in a 33-0 win.
After the quick score, SV's offense marched down the field on a 21-play, 68 yard drive that took over 10 minutes off the clock. However, the Seahawk defense clamped down inside the 5 yard line and stopped the Cossacks on 4th and goal inside the 3 yard line. The rest of the second quarter went without scoring until Hawkins capped off a 4-play, 61 yard drive with a 49 yard TD strike to Arend with under a minute remaining in the half to take a 13-0 lead into the break.
Midway through the third quarter Hawkins scored on a 10 yard run to take a 20-0 lead. Hawkins intercepted a Sioux Valley pass in the fourth and returned it 26 yards for a TD to take a 27-0 lead. A few minutes later, Grant Andrews scored on a 1 yard run, capping off a 9-play, 62 yard drive for the Seahawks, to take a 33-0 lead.
Hawkins and Jonah Hofer led the Seahawks offensively. Hawkins rushed for 55 yards on 8 carries, and completed 3-of-6 passes for 93 yards. Hofer rushed for 106 yards on 15 carries and caught 1 pass for 11 yards. Arend had 2 receptions for 82 yards.
For Sioux Valley, QB Parker Puetz completed 4-of-17 passes for 65 yards and 3 interceptions. Puetz also had a team high 90 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Andrews led the way defensively for BEE with 18 tackles. Hawkins tallied 15 tackles, a tackle for loss and 2 interceptions. Rylee Schultz added 11 tackles and a tackle for loss. Bodie Burnham also had an interception, his third of the season.
As a team, BEE had 268 yards of offense, 175 rushing and 93 passing. Sioux Valley had 188 yards of offense, 123 rushing and 65 passing. The Seahawks only ran 34 offensive plays compared to 61 for the Cossacks.
Through ten games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 441-92, or an average of 44.1-9.1 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,594 yards of total offense (359.4 per game), 2,743 rushing (274.3 per game) & 851 passing (85.1 per game). The defense has allowed 1,871 yards of total offense (187.1 per game), 1,220 rushing (122.0 per game) & 651 passing (65.1 per game). The Seahawks are averaging 8.3 yards per play and holding opponents to 3.6 yards per play.
Brady Hawkins leads the way offensively. Hawkins has completed 26-of-58 passes for 747 yards and 12 TDs, while rushing for 804 yards and 14 TDs. Jonah Hofer has rushed for 969 yards and 17 TDs and has 8 receptions for 255 yards & 4 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 426 yards and 6 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 264 yards and 2 TDs. Chase Arend has 8 receptions for 216 yards & 5 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and a TD, and Rylee Schultz has 3 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Grant Andrews leads the way with 114 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Hawkins is second with 90 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 defensive TDs and a forced fumble. Rylee Schultz is next with 89 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Brandon Jansen has 71 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery. Chase Arend has 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Bodie Burnham has three interceptions and Hofer has two.
The 8-1 Fighting Cougars traveled to Mobridge to take on the #4 seed Mobridge-Pollock. MCM racked up over 500 yards of offense and scored 29 unanswered points in a 37-8 win over the TIgers.
Jacobi Krouse rushed for 298 yards & 4 TDs on 51 carries. QB Raygen Randall completed 7-of-11 passes for 123 yards and a TD. Koltan Lindstrom caught 6 passes for 106 yards and a TD.
For MP, Caden Halsey threw for 133 yards and a TD.
MCM comes into this semifinal round playoff match-up with a 9-1 record. Their lone loss came against the Seahawks on September 20th in Salem, 57-35. Season results were as follows.
The Fighting Cougars have outscored opponents 416-214, or an average of 41.6-21.4 a game. Through 10 games MCM has 4,894 yards of total offense (489.4/game). They average 289.9 rushing & 199.5 passing yards per game. Defensively MCM allows an average of 271.4 yards per game.
Raygen Randall has thrown for 1,850 yards this season with 16 TDs & 5 INTs. Jacobi Krouse is the leading rusher with 1,658 & 21 TDs. Blake Gessner has 691 yards rushing & 10 TDs. Randall's top targets have been Jake Cheeseman (42 receptions, 846 yards, 8 TDs) and Koltan Lindstrom (40 receptions, 489 yards, 3 TDs
W 41-8, W 33-0
It was a battle of unbeaten teams as the Seahawks headed to Salem to take on Big East Conference foe McCook Central/Montrose on September 20th. The game lived up to the billing with more than a few points scored and BEE prevailed 57-35.
MCM took the opening kick-off and used their no-huddle, up-tempo, offense to drive down the field and take an early 7-0 lead on the Seahawks. BEE responded with 26 unanswered points. Brady Hawkins scored on an 11 yard TD run to tie the game and, after a defensive stop, connected with Rylee Schultz on an 88 yard TD pass to take a 13-7 lead after the first.
Hawkins kept rolling in the 2nd, hitting Jonah Hofer down the middle for a 65 yard TD pass. Hofer scored on an 11 yard TD run later in the quarter to take a 26-7 lead. MCM answered back with consecutive TDs, a 5 yard run by Blake Gessner and 2 yard run by Jacobi Krouse, to make things interesting at 26-21. The Seahawks responded though, as Hawkins connected with Hofer on a 39 yard TD pass to give BEE a 32-21 lead at half time.
Hofer scored on a 33 yard TD run to open the 2nd half, followed by a 45 yard TD pass from Hawkins to Chase Arend to take a 45-21 lead. The Fighting Cougars kept clawing, scoring on a 1 yard TD run by Gessner to cut the lead to 45-27. However, the Seahawks were having none of that, as Hawkins threw his 5th TD pass of the night on an 11 yard pass to Schultz to take a 51-27 lead heading into the 4th.
Gavin Gordon scored on a 5 yard run for MCM to cut the lead to 51-35. But, Hawkins responded with a 29 yard TD run to close out the game.
Obviously with the amount of points and yardage, there were multiple individual and team records set in this game for the Seahawks. Keep reading for information on that below.
Hawkins had a monstrous game for BEE. He completed 9-of-17 passes for 299 yards and 5 TDs, and rushed for 145 yards and 2 TDs. Hofer also had a record setting day, rushing for 132 yards and 2 TDs with 104 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Chase Arend had 3 receptions for 76 yards and a TD. Rylee Schultz caught 2 passes for 99 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, as hard as it may be to believe, there were also individual records set. Grant Andrews absolutely stuffed the stat sheet with 26 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Hawkins tallied 21 tackles, Arend had 13 tackles and an interception. Eric Gustafson and Schultz also had 13 tackles apiece, with Schultz also having a fumble recovery.
The Seahawks totaled 601 yards of offense, 302 rushing & 299 passing. MCM had 370 yards of offense, 268 rushing & 102 passing.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Seahawks have advanced to the 11B semi-finals. The last time MCM advanced to the semi-finals was in 2014 when the Fighting Cougars lost to Parkston 34-6.
BEE is 6-0 all time against McCook Central/Montrose, with the Seahawks outscoring the Fighting Cougars 204-62, or an average of 34-10.
The Seahawks are riding a 14 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 21-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 769-124, or an average score of 33-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 19 of those 23 games.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater at 7 pm calls for mostly cloudy skies, a temperature of 24 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM & 107.3 FM, as well as a live video on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. Links for radio and video are posted on the home page.
#5 McCook Central/Montrose
7PM - Bridgewater
6PM - Winner