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Last Week

The Seahawk defense continued their dominant ways in a 32-7 win over Clark/Willow Lake last Friday in Clark. BEE's defense allowed only one C/WL drive to go past midfield in the win.

The game got off to a slow start and looked quite a bit like last season's game which saw BEE fumble deep inside their own territory and the Tornadoes take advantage. After a few punts back and forth, BEE was pinned on their own one yard-line. After a C/WL penalty gave the Seahawk offense a little room, BEE fumbled the ball away on their own 15 yard-line. On 3rd and 9, Emmerson Larson found Josh Kannegieter for a 14 yard TD pass to give C/WL a 7-0 lead with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. BEE's offense settled in on the ensuing possession, going 70 yards over 19 plays, and scored on a 1 yard run by Drake Gustafson with 6:33 left in the half to cut the lead to 7-6. The Seahawk defense forced a punt on the Tornadoes following drive and BEE's offense went right back to work. Gustafson had two big plays on the next drive; one a 32 yard pass to Holden Wollman to get down to the C/WL 26 yard line with under a minute remaining in the half, and a 19 yard run to get down to the 7 yard line on the next play. Two plays later Gustafson plunged in rom 2 yards out to give BEE a 14-7 lead heading into the half.

After BEE went 3-and-out offensively to start the second half, the Cyclones were heading for one as well however the snap went over the punter's head and was recovered on their own 9 yard-line. Macklen Weber scored on the following play to give the Seahawks a 20-7 lead with 7:46 left in the 3rd. The Cyclone offense managed just 6 more yards of offense the rest of the game as BEE's defense clamped down. The Seahawks capped off an 8-play, 52 yard drive with a Weber 8 yard run to take a 26-7 lead with seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Kean Stevenson scored his first TD of the season on a 5 yard run with 7:28 left in the final quarter, capping off a 7-play, 47 yard drive to give us the final score of 32-7.

Gustafson led BEE with 118 rushing yards on 14 carries & 2 rushing TDs. He also completed 3-of-4 passes for 63 yards and an interception. Weber rushed for 65 yards and 2 TDs on 14 carries. Carson Johnson carried the ball 8 times for 40 yards and Stevenson had 39 yards on 10 carries and a score. Holden Wollman had 2 receptions for 39 yards.

Defensively, Korbyn Kayser had a big game on the defensive line with 8 tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Macklen Weber had 8 tackles and Riley Weber & Jason Zeeb added 7 tackles each. 

For the Cyclones, Emmerson Larson completed 5-of-8 passes for 51 yards and a TD. Jack Helkenn was the leading rusher with 12 yards on 4 carries.

BEE outgained C/WL 350-57 in total yardage. The Seahawks had 265 rushing yards and 85 passing. The Cyclones had 51 passing yards and 6 rushing yards and were held to -13 total yards in the second half.

Clark/Willow Lake falls to 1-2 and travels to Groton Area (2-1) tonight.

This Season

The Seahawks are 3-0 and have outscored opponents 111-9. BEE is averaging 303.7 yards per game offensively (235.3 rushing, 68.3 passing) and allowing an average of 81.3 yards per game (32.7 rushing, 48.7 passing). The Seahawks are averaging 5.8 yards per carry and giving up an average of just 1.3 yards per carry to opposing teams.

Macklen Weber leads the way for BEE with 383 rushing yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry, and 8 rushing TDs. He also has 59 receiving yards and a score as well as a kick return TD. Drake Gustafson has completed 9-of-16 passes for 183 yards and a TD and rushed for another 139 yards and 4 TDs. Kean Stevenson has now topped 100 yards on the year as he has 109 yards and a score on 24 carries. Holden Wollman has 3 receptions for 68 yards and Camdyn Stoterau has 3 receptions for 43 yards.

Defensively, Jason Zeeb leads the way with 21 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Coming in second is Macklen Weber with 17 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception. Kean Stevenson is 3rd with 16 tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and an interception. Camdyn Stoterau is next with 16 tackles and a tackle for loss. Rounding out the top 5 is Jaxon Koch with 15 tackles and a tackle for loss.

While scoring hasn't been too much of a problem for the BEE offense, converting on PATs has been. The Seahawks have left 14 points off the board, converting on just 6-of-13 two-point conversions.


Last Week

Parker's defense forced four Flandreau turnovers on their way to a dominate 36-7 win over the Fliers last Friday night in Flandreau. Parker led 7-0 after one quarter and 21-0 at the half.

Landon Wieman had a big day for the Pheasants, completing 12-of-18 passes for 157 yards and 4 TDs. On the other side, Flandreau's Kolby Peters struggled through the air, completing 8-of-15 passes for 50 yards and 2 interceptions. Parker outgained Flandreau 327-130 in total yardage.

Parker improves to 1-2, while Flandreau falls to 1-2 on the season.

This Season

The Pheasants enter tonight's game at 1-2. Parker has struggled since their move back up to 11-man in 2021, going 3-16 over that time.

Offensively, Parker is averaging 201.6 yards per game (92.6 passing, 114 rushing) and has committed 8 turnovers, 7 of which came in the season opener against Elk Point-Jefferson. Opposing teams are averaging 280.6 yards per game (95.6 passing, 185 rushing) and have committed 7 turnovers. The Pheasants are averaging 18 points per game and giving up 33 points per game. Landon Wieman has completed 25-of-51 passes for 278 yards and 7 TDs with 4 interceptions this season for Parker.


Parker fell to Elk Point-Jefferson 6-48 in the season opener, lost to Tri-Valley the following week 13-45 and picked up a nice win over Flandreau last week, 35-7. After tonight's game the Pheasants second half of the season consists of 3 of 4 games at home. Parker hosts Clark/Willow Lake next week, travels to Baltic September 22nd and hosts Redfield the following week. After a bye, the Pheasants end the regular season with a home contest against McCook Central/Montrose.

Last Match-Up

After multiple turnovers in the first half by both teams, the Seahawks were able to pull away in the third quarter to defeat Parker, 20-2 on September 9th of last season.

The first 3 drives of the game ended in turnovers. Parker fumbled on the opening drive of the game, BEE fumbled on their second offensive play, and Parker threw an interception just two plays later. Then the Seahawks put together their only successful drive of the first half. Using a mixture of run & pass, BEE went 42 yards in 6 plays and scored on a 20 yard TD pass from Macklen Weber to Sutton Arend to take a 6-0 lead with 7:58 left in the opening quarter. That score would hold until late in the second quarter. After forcing a turnover on downs stopped the Pheasants on BEE's 16 yard line, the Seahawks committed a penalty that backed them up closer to their own end zone. The next play Riley Endres fumbled the handoff and later recovered in the end zone to give Parker a safety. BEE led 6-2 at the half.

After a three-and-out by the Seahawk offense to start the second half, Parker fumbled inside their own 10 yard line and BEE recovered. Endres scored on a 4 yard TD run 4 plays later and the Seahawks led 12-2 with 7:39 left in the 3rd quarter. BEE forced a punt on the Pheasants ensuing drive and put together their best drive of the night, going 69 yards in 10 plays and scoring on an 8 yard run by Endres to take a 20-2 lead with 1:26 left in the 3rd. Parker threatened to get on the board on their next drive, taking up most of the fourth quarter and getting all the way down to the Seahawk 1 yard line before getting stopped. The Seahawks offense took over and ran out the clock.

Macklen Weber led the way for BEE, completing 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards and a TD, while also rushing for 66 yards. Endres scored 2 rushing TDs, but had a tough day on the ground, rushing for 23 yards on 17 carries. Sutton Arend had 2 receptions for 37 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Korbyn Kayser led the way with 9 tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Aguer VanSickle added 7 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Aaron Horvath also had 7 tackles and a tackle for loss. Drake Gustafson and Jason Zeeb added 6 tackles each. Taite Klumb and Kean Stevenson each intercepted passes and Kody Klumb had a fumble recovery as the Seahawks forced 4 Pheasant turnovers in the win.

For Parker, Ray Travnicek completed 6-of-10 passes for 61 yards and rushed for 31 yards on 15 carries.

The Seahawks had 173 yards of total offense (128 rushing, 45 passing) and held Parker to 100 yards of offense (39 rushing, 61 passing).

This Day in Seahawk History

- On this day in 2000, Emery/Ethan jumped out to an early 24-0 first quarter lead over Marion and held on to win 30-20 to improve to 3-0 on the year. Jeremy Huber led the way with 166 rushing yards and 3 TDs on 16 carries. Phillip Olinger added 92 rushing yards and a score on 13 carries. Defensive leaders included Dennis Duba (12 tackles, 1 sack, fumble recovery), Griffith VanLeur (12 tackles, 2 sacks) and Neal Bainbridge (12 tackles, 2 sack). The Seahawks outgained Marion 383-166 in total yardage.

- In 2006, Emery/Ethan improved to 1-1 on the year with a 46-0 win over Chester in Emery. Will Duba led the way, completing 6-of-8 passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs and also rushing for 51 yards and a TD. Josh Endres had 52 yards and a TD on 14 carries. Drew Fergen and Tanner Duba added rushing TDs in the win. Fergen led the way defensively with 13 tackles and a fumble recovery. The Seahawks outgained Chester 359-34 in total yardage.

Game Bits

  • The Seahawks are 6-2 all time against Parker. Parker, originally in 11-man, dropped down to 9AA in 2005 and beat Emery/Ethan the first two years, 46-0 in 2005 and 48-8 in 2006. Parker went on to win the 9AA State Championship in 2006. The Seahawks have six straight wins against Parker since then, beating the Pheasants 38-8 in 2007, 40-22 in 2008, 34-0 in 2009 and 59-20 in 2010. 2021 was the first match-up between the two teams in 11-man where BEE rolled to a 44-6 win.

  • The Seahawks continue jumped up to #3 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. Winner is still #1 and received 22 of 23 first place votes. Sioux Valley moved up to #2, receiving the other 1st place vote, after defeating Elk Point-Jefferson last week. EPJ fell to #4 and Hot Springs stays at #5. Teams receiving votes include Deuel and Tri-Valley.

  • Winner remains #1 in the latest South Dakota High School Football Coaches Poll. The Warriors received 13 of 17 1st place votes. Sioux Valley comes in at #2, receiving 3 1st place votes. BEE received 1 1st place vote and is ranked #3. Elk Point-Jefferson fell to #4 and Hot Springs is at #5. Teams receiving votes include Tri-Valley, Deuel, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central and Mt Vernon/Plankinton.

  • Big East Conference teams in action this week have Sioux Valley hosting Hill City, Baltic hosting Flandreau and McCook Central/Montrose hosting Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central. Other games of interest tonight in 11B have #1 Winner traveling to Class 11A Beresford, and #5 Hot Springs hosts Class 11A Dell Rapids..

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast on Bridgewater-Emery's YouTube channel. A livestream can be found on our home page.

  • The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for sunny skies with a temperature of 81 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.

  • The Bridgewater-Emery Boosters will be providing a Subway meal tonight starting at 6:00 pm.

  • The Seahawk Junior Varsity team improved to 2-0 this week with a 28-14 win over Jim River. Next action is on Monday at Parker with a 4:30 pm kickoff.

  • The Junior High team improved to 2-0 after beating Jim River 44-0 this week. They will host Parker on Tuesday at 4:30 pm in Bridgewater.

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