The Seahawks traveled to Volga last week for their toughest test to date of the season as they took on the 4th ranked Cossacks of Sioux Valley.
The home team came out firing offensively. After receiving the opening kickoff Sioux Valley marched down the field on a 9-play, 69 yard drive that was capped off by a 5 yard TD run by Parker Puetz. BEE answered right back with an 8-play, 53 yard drive capped off by a 7 yard TD pass from Kaden Klumb to Jay Storm and the Seahawks led 7-6 after one quarter. After stopping the Cossacks on 4th down on their own 42 yard line, BEE took advantage of the short field and took a 14-6 lead on a 2 yard run by Klumb. The Cossacks answer back on their ensuing drive, amassing 70 yards over 13 plays, when Puetz completed a 14 yard TD pass to Damian Danziesen to cut the lead to 14-12 heading into half time.
It looked like BEE was going to lengthen their lead to open the second half as the Seahawks marched inside the Cossack 20 yard line, but an incomplete pass on 4th down turned the ball over to Sioux Valley. Neither team would muster much offense until the fourth quarter when Klumb connected on his second TD pass of the night to Storm from 34 yards out to take a 21-12 lead. Eric Gustafson intercepted a Sioux Valley pass on the ensuing drive and BEE was able to run the clock out.
Koby Kayser led BEE with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries. Klumb completed 3-of-7 passes for 74 yards & 2 TDs, while rushing for 15 yards and a TD. Bodie Burnham rushed for 62 yards and caught a pass for 33 yards. Storm caught 2 passes for 41 yards & 2 TDs.
Defensive leaders for the Seahawks included Rylee Schultz (10 tackles), Brooks Jansen (9 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss), Sam Hofer (9 tackles), Eric Gustafson (8 tackles, 1 interception), Brandon Jansen (8 tackles, 1/2 sack, 1 tackle for loss, and Josh Bartscher (8 tackles).
Puetz completed 8-of-17 passes for 97 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception for the Cossacks. Puetz also rushed for 48 yards and a TD. Jaxton Schiller rushed for a team high 65 yards on 12 carries and also caught 5 passes for 49 yards.
The Cossacks outgained the Seahawks in total yardage 253-247. BEE had 173 rushing yards & 74 passing yards. Sioux Valley rushed for 156 yards and passes for 97 yards.
Through three games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 105-24. The Seahawks have 1,049 yards of total offense (349.7 avg/game), 767 rushing (255.7 avg/game) & 282 passing (94.0 avg/game). The defense has allowed 612 yards of total offense (204 avg/game), 366 rushing (122 avg/game) & 246 passing (82 avg/game).
Koby Kayser leads the team on the ground, rushing for 267 yards and 4 TDs. Kayser is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Bodie Burnham has rushed for 261 yards on just 29 carries and a TD. Burnham is averaging 9.0 yards per carry. QB Kaden Klumb has completed 11-of-19 passes for 205 yards and 4 TDs while rushing for 76 yards and 2 TDs. Eric Gustafson has caught 3 passes for 72 yards and 3 TDs and Jay Storm has also caught 3 passes for 70 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Rylee Schultz leads the way with 23 tackles and an interception. Brooks Jansen has 21 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Kayser has tallied 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1/2 a sack. Josh Bartscher and Brandon Jansen have 19 tackles each. Bartscher has 2 tackles for loss and a sack while Brandon Jansen has 2 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
In a see-saw back and forth game Redfield came out on top over Aberdeen Roncalli 40-26 last week in Aberdeen. The Pheasants scored first on a 2 yard TD pass from Dylan Whitley to Mason Fey to take a 6-0 lead. Roncalli followed with 19 straight points off a 54 yard TD run and a 49 yard field goal to take an 11-6 lead after one quarter. Roncalli then forced a safety early in the 2nd quarter and added a 26 yard TD pass to take a 19-6 lead into the half.
The Pheasants came out firing in the second half. Easton Millar completed a pair of TD passes to Sean Dornke and Bradyn Robbins to take a 20-19 lead. Roncalli answered back with a 68 yard TD run to take a 26-20 lead. Late in the third quarter Redfield responded with a 14 yard TD run by Dylan Whitley and the Pheasants and Cavaliers were tied at 26 headed into the final quarter. That's when Redfield pulled away, scoring on a 1 yard TD run by Bradyn Robbins and a 6 yard TD pass from Easton Millar to Paul Juarez and the Pheasants came away with the 40-26 win.
Redfield's Easton Millar completed 18-of-28 passes for 277 yards with 3 TDs and one interception. Dylan Whitley rushed 22 times for 141 yards and a TD. Millar's top target was Bradyn Robbins who caught 8 passes for 103 yards and a TD.
The Pheasants had 430 yards of total offense (279 passing & 151 rushing) and held the Cavaliers to 209 yards of total offense (68 passing & 141 rushing. Redfield won despite turning the ball over 4 times.
Redfield comes into this week's game with a record of 1-1. The Pheasants traveled to Volga to take on Sioux Valley on August 21st and lost 12-50. Redfield then had a bye the following week and defeated Aberdeen Roncalli 40-26. Last week's game against Aberdeen Roncalli was a tight, back-and-forth affair until the Pheasants took the lead for good midway through the 4th quarter.
The Pheasants are trying to take the next step in their program, as they haven't won more than 3 games in a season since 2013 and haven't made a playoff appearance since 2014. Redfield returns 8 starters on offense and defense from a season ago. That includes four of their five offensive lineman with Dawson Whitley (6'1, 255 lb, Sr), Connor Appel (5'11, 170 lb, Jr), Colin Frericks (6'2, 245 lb, Jr) and Colin Schwartz (5'10, 175 lb, Jr).
This is the first recorded match-up between BEE and Redfield.
The Seahawks are riding a 16 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 23-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 845-124, or an average score of 34-5. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 21 of those 25 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 15 games. The longest win streak in Seahawk history spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
After three weeks the Seahawks are ranked #2 in the latest South Dakota Prep Media football poll. BEE received 1 of 23 first place votes. Number one ranked Winner received the other 22 first place votes. McCook Central/Montrose is 3rd, followed by Soux Valley and St. Thomas More at 4th & 5th. Teams receiving votes includes Elk Point-Jefferson, Mobridge-Pollack and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
In the second SD Football Coaches Poll BEE is ranked #2, receiving 15 of 44 first place votes. First ranked Winner received the other 29 first place votes. Sioux Valley is ranked third, followed by McCook Central/Montrose at 4 and St. Thomas More at 5. Other teams receiving votes include Mobridge-Pollack, Elk Point-Jefferson and Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube page. You can find the link on our home page or by going to YouTube.com and searching Bridgewater-Emery.
There are currently no attendance restrictions on athletic events at Bridgewater-Emery, however we encourage social distancing and masks. Absolutely no fans are allowed on the field following the game.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for cloudy skies, a temperature of 55 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 5-10 mph.
The Seahawks will host a JV and JH jamboree on Monday, Sept. 14th in Bridgewater. The schedule will go as follows:
TIME JV (South End) JH (North End)
4:30 pm Wagner vs MVP BEE vs MVP
5:05 pm Wagner vs BEE BEE vs MVP
5:40 pm MVP vs BEE