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The Seahawks were able to dominate the time of possession and come away with a 21-8 win over Sioux Valley in the 11B Semi-Finals last Thursday in Volga.
BEE received the games opening kickoff and put together a drive for the ages. The drive, which started on their own 42 yard line, included three 3rd-down conversions and two 4th-down conversions. The highlight play of the drive happened on Sioux Valley's 22 yard line. Facing a 3rd and 17, Kaden Klumb dropped back to pass and threaded a needle to Jay Storm down the seam for 19 yards and 1st down. The 19 play drive was capped off when Klumb completed a 3 yard TD pass to Sam Hofer on 4th and goal. BEE led 7-0 after one quarter.
Sioux Valley took their first possession of the game and answered back quickly to the Seahawks opening drive. It took just six plays for the Cossacks' Parker Puetz to score on a 4 yard run and BEE trailed 8-7 with 8:36 left in the half. BEE answered back with another long methodical drive, going 41 yards in 16 plays, but the drive stalled and the Seahawks turned it over on downs to the Cossacks with just 27 seconds remaining in the half. Sioux Valley was able to get to the BEE 37 yard line and Puetz threw an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired in the first half.
The Seahawk defense forced a three-and-out by Sioux Valley to start the second half and took over on their own 44 yard line. BEE gave the Cossacks a heavy dose of Koby Kayser who accounted for 36 rushing yards on the drive. Then, on a 3rd and 11 from the Cossack 24 yard line, Klumb connected with Hofer once again for a TD pass to put BEE up 15-8 after the 2 point conversion with 3:45 left in the third quarter.
Sioux Valley put together another strong drive offensively and looked like they might have a chance to tie the game as it took the Cossacks only 6 plays to get to the Seahawk 25 yard line as time expired in the third quarter. The first play of the fourth Puetz dropped back to pass and rolled out to his left when BEE's Hunter Bailey strip-sacked the QB. The Seahawk's Jaden Eddy recovered the fumble, giving BEE a chance to put the game away. And put the game away is what they did. Kayser carried the ball 9 times for 61 yards on the ensuing drive to get down to the 1 yard line where Klumb snuck in to take a 21-8 lead with just 4:10 remaining. The scoring drive lasted nearly 8 minutes. Klumb intercepted a Puetz pass on 3rd and long on the next drive to put the game away.
Kayser led the Seahawks with 193 yards on a new Seahawk single game record of 37 carries. Koby beat the previous record by just one carry which was held by Cole Gassman against Sioux Valley in 2016. Klumb completed 4-of-8 passes for 48 yards and 2 scores. Hofer caught 2 passes, both TDs, for 27 yards.
Klumb led the way defensively with 6 tackles and an interception. Hunter Bailey tallied 5 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Kayser had 3 tackles and Jaden Eddy had 2 tackles and a fumble recovery.
For Sioux Valley, Puetz rushed for 79 yards on 11 carries and completed 5-of-14 passes for 71 yards.
BEE had 267 total yards of offense (219 rushing, 48 passing), and held a powerful Sioux Valley offense to just 158 total yards (87 rushing, 71 passing). The Seahawks dominated the time of possession in the game, 37:36 to just 10:34. BEE ran 61 offensive plays to just 28 for the Cossacks.
Through ten games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 279-178, or an average of 27.9-17.8 points per game. The Seahawks have 2,896 yards of total offense (289.6 per game), 2,083 rushing (208.3 per game) & 813 passing (81.3 per game). The defense has allowed 2,626 yards of total offense (262.6 per game), 1,706 rushing (170.6 per game) & 920 passing (92 per game).
Koby Kayser leads the way with 1,254 yards on 160 carries (7.5 yards per carry) and 15 rushing TDs. Kayser also has 9 receptions for 113 yards. Riley Endres has carried the ball 30 times for 284 yards and 3 TDs. Clay Hohn has 152 rushing yards and 2 TDs. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 52-of-83 passes for 813 yards and 14 TDs. Klumb has also rushed for 140 yards and 4 TDs. Sam Hofer is the leading receiver with 12 receptions for 185 yards and 5 TDs. Endres has 10 receptions for 129 yards and 2 scores. Jay Storm has 10 receptions for 224 yards and 4 TDs.
Defensively, Klumb leads the way with 68 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Hohn is second with 56 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery. Hofer is next with 48 tackles, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Kayser is fourth with 48 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Aguer VanSickle rounds out the top 5 with 43 tackles, and 3 tackles for loss.
The #14 seeded Watchdogs traveled to Aberdeen Roncalli to take on the Cavaliers last Thursday in quarterfinal playoff action. To say it was a defensive battle may be an understatement as both teams were scoreless after four quarters of play. However, it was the Watchdogs, a week after winning their first playoff game in 30 years, that came out with the 7-6 win in overtime.
Both teams offenses struggled, while the defenses were stout. First downs were rare in each team's possessions and the first snap taken inside of either team's red-zone didn't come until overtime. The Cavaliers had two chances during the game to break the scoreless tie with two field goal attempts, one in the first and the other in the fourth quarter, but neither were successful.
In overtime, Beresford received the ball first and scored on 3rd down on a 4 yard run by QB Tate VanOtterloo. The extra point attempt was good and the Watchdogs led 7-0. The Cavaliers scored on the second play of their possession and were faced wit the decision of attempting the extra point to head towards another OT, or going for the win. Aberdeen Roncalli, whose players were dealing with cramping issues at the time, decided to go for two and was stopped short of the goal line to seal the Beresford win.
VanOtterloo completed 3-of-15 passes for 70 yards and 2 interceptions. He also rushed for 31 yards. Peyton Fridrich carried the ball 22 times for 95 yards.
Beresford had 191 total yards of offense (121 rushing, 70 passing) and turned the ball over twice. Aberdeen Roncalli had 189 yards of offense (158 rushing, 31 passing).
Beresford comes into this quarterfinal round playoff match-up with a 7-3 record. Their three losses have come to McCook Central/Montrose in the season opener, Elk Point-Jefferson and Sioux Valley. Season results:
The Watchdogs have outscored opponents 236-132, or an average of 23.6-13.2.
VanOtterloo has completed 86 of 160 passes for 1,224 yards and 14 TDs with 5 interceptions. The junior QB has also rushed for 254 yards and 3 TDs. VanOtterloo threw for 328 yards and 3 TDs in the Watchdogs opening playoff win over Mt. Vernon/Plankinton.
Fridrich leads the rushing attack with 139 carries for 691 yards and 8 TDs. The junior RB has turned it on since his 31 carry, 133 yard performance against the Seahawks October 1st. Over the last 4 games Fridrich has carried the ball 95 times for 424 yards and 5 TDs.
The leading receiver for Beresford is Isaiah Richards who has 43 receptions for 643 yards and 8 TDs. The senior WR had a big game against MVP as well, posting 13 receptions for 182 yards and 2 TDs.
Beresford is averaging 260 yards yards per game with a balanced attack of 130 yards rushing and passing average per game. They are giving up an average of 205 yards per game, 120 rushing and 85 passing.
In a wet and rainy night in Bridgewater on October 1st, Beresford used ball-control and a stout defensive effort to shut down the Seahawks by a score of 23-7, and end BEE's 25 game home winning streak.
Both teams traded punts on their first possessions of the game. Then Beresford's offense got rolling, chewing up the clock and going 77 yards in 12 plays to score on a 10 yard TD run by Peyton Fridrich with seconds remaining in the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead. After a quick 3-and-out, the Watchdogs offense went right back to work, driving 50 yards in 8 plays to lengthen the lead to 14-0 on a 7 yard run by Fridrich midway through the second quarter. Beresford held BEE's offense to another quick 3-and-out and the Watchdog offense drove down inside the BEE 20. When it looked like Beresford would take complete control of the game, the Seahawks forced a fumble and recovered it to stop the drive. Over 3/4 of BEE's total offensive yards for the game would come on their next drive. The Seahawks were able to drive 64 yards in 9 plays in a hurry up offense in the final minutes of the first half. BEE capped off the drive with a 16 yard TD pass from Kaden Klumb to Riley Endres with seconds left to make the score 14-7 as we headed into halftime.
Just when it seemed like the Seahawks had gained some momentum, BEE fumbled on the second play of the second half and the Watchdogs took advantage of the short field, scoring 4 plays later on a 2 yard run by Fridrich to make the score 21-7 just 2 minutes into the half. Beresford then recovered an onside kick and drove inside the BEE 10 yard line. The Watchdogs settled for a field goal attempt on a 4th and goal from the 7 which was blocked by BEE's Hunter Bailey. The Seahawks recovered the fumble, however Klumb threw an interception on the first play of the drive to hand the ball right back over to the Watchdogs. BEE's defense was able to get a 4th down stop, but gave the ball back to their offense pinned on their own 8 yards line. Two plays later a mishandled snap in the end zone resulted in a safety to stretch Beresford's lead to 23-7 early in the final quarter, which was the final points of the game.
Endres was the leading rusher for BEE, with 4 carries for 15 yards. Koby Kayser was held to just 10 yards on 6 carries. Klumb completed 4-of-8 passes for 48 yards and a TD.
Fridrich led Beresford with 31 carries for 129 yards and 3 TDs. QB Tate VanOtterloo completed 4-of-8 passes for 34 yards and ran for 78 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, BEE was led by Klumb with 15 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Kayser tallied 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss. Hunter Bailey was next with 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and a blocked field goal.
The Seahawks were held to under 100 total yards of offense for the second time this year, only accumulating 82 yards (48 passing, 34 rushing). BEE only ran 10 total offensive plays in the entire second half, and only 30 for the game. Beresford racked up 279 yards of total offense (245 rushing, 34 passing) and ran 63 offensive plays.
RECORD WATCH: Koby Kayser has now surpassed Jamin Arend in career rushing yards. Last week's near 200 yard performance puts Koby at 3,043 career rushing yards. Jamin had 2,985 rushing yards from 2015-18. Kayser currently has 42 career rushing TDs, just 3 TDs short of Arend's career record of 45. Koby is also closing in on breaking his own record for rushing yards in a season which he set last year with 1,412. He is currently at 1,254 rushing yards this year, which means he needs 158 yards to break his record.
RECORD WATCH: Kaden Klumb has now thrown for 14 TDs this season, which puts him just 3 TDs short of Brady Hawkins' record of 17 passing TDs in 2019. Klumb also currently holds the record for completion percentage in a season (62.7% this season) and career (60.8%).
BEE is 6-1 all time against Beresford, with the Seahawks outscoring the Watchdogs 218-69, or an average of 31-10 points per game. This is the first time the two teams have met in the postseason.
This is the 6th straight year the Seahawks have advanced to the semi-final round of the playoffs. BEE is 5-1 in semi-final games during that time, with the only loss coming to Winner in 2016.
With a win tonight, the Seahawks would advance to their 5th consecutive championship game, making class 11B history. Three teams have qualified for four consecutive title games; Hamlin from 1989-1992, Gregory from 1996-1999, and the Seahawks current run from 2017-2020.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater at 7pm calls for mostly clear skies, a temperature of 58 degrees and winds out of the southeast around 10 mph.
The Learning Bridge Daycare in Bridgewater will be hosting a tailgate meal prior to the game tonight at the football field. Come enjoy cheeseburgers, chips and a cookie! Serving will start at 6 pm.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on Bridgewater-Emery's YouTube page. A link can be found on our home page.
Tonight's game will also be broadcast on KORN New Radio on 101.3 FM and 1490 AM.