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The Seahawks defense was stout and the offense pounded Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central into submission on their way to a 42-6 win over the Blackhawks.
The Seahawks started off the game by receiving the kickoff and marching 55 yards in 9 plays before fumbling the ball away at the goal line. The Seahawk defense forced a punt and BEE would score touchdowns on their next four drives. Kaden Klumb started the scoring with an 11 yard run. The Seahawks recovered a Blackhawk fumble on the first play of their next drive and 4 plays and 40 yards later Koby Kayser added to the lead with a 27 yard run to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter. The second quarter saw touchdown runs by Bodie Burnham from 2 yards out and Kayser from 8 yards to take a 28-0 lead. With time dwindling down in the first half, the Blackhawks gained a little momentum after a bad snap on a punt gave the ball to W/WS/SC on the Seahawk 28 yard line. Four plays later Blackhawk QB Tryce Slykhuis scrambled into the end zone from 7 yards out to make the halftime score 28-6.
Any momentum gained at the end of the first half was quickly erased. After BEE forced a Blackhawk punt to start the half, the Seahawks went 44 yards in 4 plays with Kayser scoring from 33 yards out to take a 35-6 lead. Burnham added a 2 yard run on BEE's next possession to put the running clock into effect and the Seahawks came away with a 42-6 win.
Kayser surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark for the 5th time this season as the junior rushed for 130 yards on 18 carries. Kayser also had 2 receptions for 48 yards. Burnham was just short of 100 yards as the senior rushed for 97 yards on 15 carries. Klumb rushed for a season high 53 yards on 8 carries and completed 4-of-6 passes for 85 yards.
For the Blackhawks, Clay Olinger had 15 rushing yards on 7 carries. Tryce Slykhuis carried the ball 6 times for -7 yards and completed 1-of-8 passes for 21 yards.
The Seahawks had 380 yards of offense (295 rushing, 85 passing) and held the Blackhawks to just 60 yards of offense (28 rushing, 32 passing). BEE had 21 first downs compared to only 3 for W/WS/SC.
Through ten games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 443-52, or an average of 44.3-5.2 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,697 yards of total offense (369.7 per game), 2,840 rushing (284.0 per game) & 857 passing (85.7 per game). The defense has allowed 1,522 yards of total offense (152.2 per game), 709 rushing (70.9 per game) & 813 passing (81.3 per game).
Kayser leads the way offensively with 1,120 yards rushing and 19 TDs and has 9 receptions for 204 yards and 2 scores. Kayser also has a punt, kick and interception return for TD this season. Kayser is close to breaking quite a few season records for the Seahawks. Kayser has scored 148 points, has 24 total TDs, 1,120 rushing yards, and 19 rushing TDs. Currently Jamin Arend holds those records with 174 points, 29 total TDs, 1,272 rushing yards and 22 rushing TDs.
Burnham is averaging 9.1 yards per carry and has rushed for 881 yards and 11 TDs. Burnham has caught 5 passes for 143 yards and a score. Klumb has completed 26-of-45 passes for 567 yards with 11 TDs and rushed for 236 yards and 5 TDs. Gustafson has 8 receptions for 224 yards and 7 TDs. Schultz has caught 7 passes for 182 yards and 4 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 76 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Brandon Jansen is next with 53 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Gustafson has 51 tackles, 6 tackles for loss and three interceptions. Kayser has tallied 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Burnham has 5 interceptions, which is one short of the record of 6 set by Sawyer Schultz in 2018.
Cayden Eisemann threw for 382 yards and 3 TDs for Mobridge-Pollock as the Tigers advanced to the semifinals with a 20-9 win over St. Thomas More.
Eisemann opened the scoring in the first quarter with his first TD pass of three to Bryston Goehring and the Tigers led 7-0 after one. St. Thomas More was able to get on the board in 2nd quarter off a 30 yard field goal. M-P led 7-3 at the half. The Tigers were then able to stretch the lead with a Eisemann passing TD in each of the final two quarters to seal the win.
Eisemann completed 20-of-41 passes in the win. Bryston Goehring had 9 catches for 201 yards and 3 TDs for Mobride-Pollock. Braden Goehring also had 7 catches for 127 yards. The Tigers managed just 36 rushing yards and threw three interceptions.
St. Thomas More quarterback Jed Sullivan threw for 166 yards with a TD and an interception.
Mobridge-Pollock comes into this semifinal match-up with an undefeated record of 9-0. Season results are as follows:
St. Thomas More
The Tigers are averaging 45.2 points per game and allowing 6.7 points per game. Cayden Eisemann has 2,153 passing yards and 35 TDs to lead M-P. Eisemann's season is highlighted by a seven-touchdown performance against Miller/Highmore-harrold earlier this season. Bryston Goehring is Eisemann's top target with 717 receiving yards and 16 TDs. Braden Goehring has hauled in 12 TDs and has 633 receiging yards. Gavin Reinert is te leading rusher with 474 yards and 4 TDs. The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in 2019 when they lost to McCook Central/Montrose 37-8.
The Seahawks hosted Mobridge-Pollock in the quarterfinals of the 2018 playoffs on October 25th and rolled to a 47-6 win.
Jamin Arend had a monstrous night on the ground, rushing for nearly 200 yards and 5 TDs. Arend scored BEE's first three TDs on runs of 9, 27 and 2 yards to give the Seahawks a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Tigers scored their lone TD of the night on a 66 yard pass from Caden Halsey to Noah Feyereisen to cut the lead to 20-6, but BEE answered right back with a 1 yard TD run by Arend to take a 26-6 lead into the half. Both teams struggled to find the endzone in the third quarter and that score held until the Seahawks busted things open in the final stanza. Grant Andrews scored on a 2 yard run early in the fourth to take a 32-6 lead. A few minutes later Arend rushed for his 5th TD of the night on an 11 yard run and BEE led 39-0. The JV team finished out the game and Bodie Burnham scored from 4 yards out to make it 47-6.
Arend led BEE with 190 yards on 22 carries and caught 2 pases for 31 yards. Andrews rushed 10 times for 55 yards and Hawkins added 24 rushing yards. Hawkins completed 6-of-12 passes for 104 yards.
Caden Halsey led M-P, completing 7-of-16 passes for 164 yards and a TD with 4 interceptions. Halsey added 19 rushing yards. Isaac Olsen was the leading rusher for the Tigers, gaining 27 yards on 10 carries. Cayden Eisemann, the Tigers current QB who was a sophomore at the time, completed 1-of-7 passes for 17 yards.
Andrews led BEE defensively with 10 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Rylee Schultz tallied 8 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Sawyer Schultz and Arend had 2 interceptions each.
The Seahawks rushed for 310 yards and threw for 104 yards for a total of 414 offensive yards. The Tigers had 206 yards of offense (25 rushing, 181 passing).
BEE is 1-0 all time against Mobridge-Pollock.
This is the fifth straight year BEE has advanced to the semifinals in 11B, going 4-1 in that span with the lone loss coming to Winner in 2016. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents 131-51 in those games with Winner being the only opponent to score more than 7 points.
The Seahawks are riding a 21 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 28-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 1,092-136, or an average score of 36.4-4.5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 26 of those 30 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak in team history at 22 games. Last week's win over Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn central broke the old Seahawk's record winning streak from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
The winner of tonight's game will play the winner of Sioux Valley @ Winner for the 11B Championship on Friday, November 13th at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion at 2 pm.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for mostly clear skies with a temperature of 67 degrees and winds out of the south around 10-15, gusting up to 20 mph.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM and Q107.3 FM, as well as a live video stream on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. Links for radio and livestream are posted on the home page.