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Last Week

An opening drive touchdown was all it took for the Seahawks to hang on and defeat Parker 8-6 last Friday night in Bridgewater.

The Pheasants connected on a 29 yard pass on the first play of the game to get them down to the BEE 40 yard line, but turned the ball over on downs 4 plays later. The Seahawks took over on their own 35 yard line and took nearly the rest of the quarter to go 65 yards over 17 plays. Gustafson scored on a 2 yard run with 1:58 left in the opening quarter to take a 8-0 lead. The Seahawks forced a punt on the Pheasant's next drive and it looked like BEE was ready to lengthen their lead after Gustafson completed a 28 yard pass to Holden Wollman that took the Seahawks down to Parker's 4 yard line. Two penalties in a row set BEE back to the 19 yard line and the Seahawks threw an incomplete pass on 4th down to give Parker the ball back a few minutes into the 2nd quarter. The Pheasants then went on a 10-play 86 yard drive that was capped off by a Michael Even 11 yard TD run to make the score 8-6 as we headed into the half.

Defense reigned supreme in the 2nd half as both teams mustered a mere 50 yards of offense combined. The Seahawks threatened to score early in the half as they drove down to the Parker 13 yard line, but lost 8 yards the next two plays and threw incomplete passes on 3rd and 4th down to give the Pheasants the ball back. Parker's only scoring threat in the 2nd half came with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter. After a BEE punt, the Pheasants Ray Travnicek returned it 37 yards to the Seahawk 22 yard line. Parker only gained two yards over the next three plays and threw an incomplete pass on 4th down to turn the ball over on downs.

Macklen Weber led BEE offensively with 22 carries for 61 yards. Drake Gustafson rushed for 38 yards on 21 carries and completed 4-of-13 passes for 39 yards.

Kean Stevenson led the defensive charge for BEE with 11 tackles. Jason Zeeb tallied 10 tackles. Taite Klumb had 8 tackles, Gustafson had 7. Korbyn Kayser, Jaxon Koch and Camdyn Stoterau all had 5 tackles each. Koch notched his first sack of the year as well.

Michael Even rushed for 90 yards and a score on 22 carries for Parker. Landon Wieman completed 7-of-23 passes for 89 yards. Levi Berens was the leading receiver with 4 catches for 44 yards.

Parker outgained BEE in total offense, 180-155. BEE had 116 yards rushing and 39 passing. Parker ran for 91 yards and threw for 89. Parker falls to 1-3 on the season.

This Season

The Seahawks are 4-0 at the midway point of the year and have outscored their opponents 119-15. All 15 points allowed were given up in the 1st half of games. BEE's first four opponents have a combined record of 4-12, however the schedule will get much tougher the remainder of the season. Sioux Valley comes in with a 4-0 record and the remainder of the schedule has games against currently unbeaten Winner and the defending champion Elk Point-Jefferson who is 2-1 with their lone loss coming to Sioux Valley.

Macklen Weber has rushed for 444 yards on 75 carries this season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Weber also has 64 receiving yards and has 10 total TDs (8 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 kick return). Drake Gustafson has carried the ball 441 times for 177 yards and 5 TDs. Drake has completed 13-of-29 passes for 222 yards and a TD. Kean Stevenson has rushed for 126 yards and a TD on 29 carries. Sophomore Holden Wollman is the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 96 yards.

Jason Zeeb leads the Seahawks defensively with 31 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 tackles for loss. Coming in second is Kean Stevenson with 27 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack and an interception. Drake Gustafson is third with 22 tackles and 2 interceptions. Fourth is Camdyn Stoterau with 21 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Rounding out the top 5 is Taite Klumb with 21 tackles.

The Seahawks are averaging 266.5 yards per game, 205.5 rushing and 61 passing. BEE's opponents are averaging 106 yards per game, 47.3 rushing and 58.8 passing.

Sioux Valley

Last Week

The Cossacks scored on their first offensive play and never looked back in a 53-0 blowout win over Hill City that ended in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.

The speedster Donovan Rose took the first offensive play 47 yards for a TD. Boden Schiller added a 2 yard TD run later in the quarter to give Sioux Valley a 13-0 lead after one. Hill City put together a nice drive in the second quarter that ended on an interception on the Cossack 11 yard line. The next play Schiller connected with Maverick Nelson on an 89 yard TD pass to give Sioux Valley a 20-0 lead at the half.

The Cossacks poured it on in the third quarter with 3 TDs. Schiller ran one in from 27 yards out and threw a 35 yard TD pass to Rose. The other score came on a Maverick Nelson 50 yard interception return. Sioux Valley's JV ended the game in the 4th with a pair of rushing TDs from Broden Teske and Brody Haaland.

Schiller rushed for 44 yards and 2 TDs and completed 3-of-7 passes for 135 yards and 2 TDs to lead Sioux Valley. Rose carried the ball 5 times for 69 yards and a TD.

Sioux Valley had 346 yards of offense, 135 passing and 211 rushing. Hill City had four turnovers in the loss and falls to 1-2 on the season.

This Season

Sioux Valley comes into this week 5 match-up with a 4-0 record. The Cossacks started off the season with a 42-0 win over Jim River. The following week they picked up a 42-7 win over Sisseton. The Cossacks then knocked off defending 11B Champion Elk Point-Jefferson 20-11.

Sioux Valley is averaging 367 yards of offense a game, 274 rushing and 93 passing. Boden Schiller (6'0", 185 lb. Senior) has completed 8-of-17 passes for 264 yards & 3 TDs. Schiller is also a big threat on the ground as he has rushed for 399 yards and 7 TDs on 32 carries, averaging 12.5 yards per carry. Brock Christopherson (5'10", 160 lb. Junior) has rushed for 258 yards & 3 TDs on 27 carries. Donovan Rose (5'9", 165 lb. Junior) has carried the ball 29 times for 255 yards & 4 TDs. The leading receiver for Sioux Valley is Maverick Nelson (6'2", 185 lb. Junior) with 3 receptions for 143 yards & 2 TDs.

After this week, the Cossacks have games against McCook Central/Montrose (1-3), Baltic (0-4), and host Flandreau (2-2) in the regular season finale.

Last Match-Up

The Seahawks traveled to Volga September 16th of last season to take on Cossacks of Sioux Valley. After a wild first half that included 7 total touchdowns, the Seahawk defense stiffened in the second half and BEE held on to defeat the Cossacks 36-32.

Sioux Valley fumbled on the first play of the game and the Seahawks took advantage with a 13-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a Macklen Weber 2 yard TD run to give BEE a 6-0 lead with 4:45 left in the first quarter. The Cossacks answered right back with a 70 yard TD drive capped off by a 36 yard run by Donovan Rose to give Sioux Valley a 7-6 lead with just over a minute left in the opening quarter. BEE's Riley Endres returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to take a 14-7 lead with 39 seconds left in the quarter. Sioux Valley answered right back, literally, taking the following kickoff 89 yards for a TD to give us a tie game at 14-14 with 23 seconds left. While BEE didn't return the following kickoff, they did score on their first play of the drive on a 57 yard by Weber to take a 22-14 lead to end a crazy first quarter.

The second quarter was owned by the Cossacks as BEE fumbled twice. Sioux Valley cut the lead to 22-20 on a one yard TD run by Lane Liebsch with 7:35 left in the half. The Cossacks took the lead once again with just under 2 minutes left in the half on a 1 yard run by Jace Christensen to make the score 26-22 heading into the half.

The Seahawks started the second half with the ball and went 54 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 6 yard run by Sutton Arend with 7:30 left in the 3rd quarter to take a 30-26 lead. Defenses reigned supreme the rest of the quarter as the Seahawks continued to hold the 4 point lead heading into the final quarter. It seemed BEE put the game out of reach as Weber scored on a 45 yard run for BEE with 5:13 left in the game. Sioux Valley threw an interception on their following drive but the Seahawk offense wasn't able to take advantage and punted the ball back to the Cossacks with just under 3 minutes remaining. Sioux Valley scored on their first play on a 65 yard run to cut the Seahawk lead to 36-32 with 2:27 left. BEE recovered the onside kick and was able to run the clock out to seal the win.

Weber led the way for the Seahawks as the sophomore rushed for 117 yards and 3 TDs. Arend added 64 rushing yards and a score. Riley Endres rushed for 61 yards on 20 carries.

Defensively, Drake Gustafson led the way with 12 tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception. Kean Stevenson added 9 tackles and Arend had 8 tackles for BEE.

For Sioux Valley, Donovan Rose carried the ball 11 times for 149 yards and 2 TDs. Boden Schiller added 67 rushing yards.

The Seahawks had 251 yards of offense (242 rushing, 9 passing) and Sioux Valley had 279 yards of offense (269 rushing, 10 passing).

- In 2000, Emery/Ethan defeated Artesian/Letcher 48-0 in Emery. Phillip Olinger rushed for 111 yards and 3 TDs. Jeremy Huber added 72 rushing yards and a TD and Kyle Storm rushed for 57 yards and a TD. Matt Storm had 82 yards passing. Huber led the defense with 10 tackles and Dennis Duba tallied 9 tackles. The Seahawks racked up 376 yards and held the Rebels to just 36 total yards of offense.

- In 2006, Emery/Ethan improved to 2-1 with a 30-6 win over Montrose in a game that ended in the 3rd quarter due to rain & lightning. The three-headed rushing attack of Drew Fergen, Josh Endres and Will Duba led the way for E/E. Fergen rushed for 80 yards and a TD, Endres rushed for 80 yards and a TD, and Duba rushed for 60 yards and a TD. Duba also had 80 yards passing and a TD. The Seahawks outgained the Irish 300-107 in total yardage.

- In 2017, BEE got out to an early 22-0 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 49-3 win over Elk Point-Jefferson. Jamin Arend rushed for 130 yards & 3 TDs and Dustin Weber added 119 rushing yards and 3 TDs to lead the Seahawks. BEE outgained the Huskies 357-44 in total yardage.

This Day in Seahawk History

Game Bits

  • BEE is 11-1 all time against Sioux Valley, with the Seahawks outscoring the Cossacks 307-144, or an average of score of 26-12. The Seahawks have won the last 8 games between the two.

  • The Seahawks continue to hold onto the #3 ranking in the latest SD Prep Media Football Poll. There were no changes in the poll as Winner is still #1 and received all but one first place vote. Sioux Valley received the other 1st place vote and is ranked #2. Elk Point-Jefferson is 4th, followed by Hot Springs. Teams receiving votes include Deuel and Tri-Valley.

  • In this weeks SD Football Coaches Association Poll, BEE is ranked 3rd. Winner is #1, receiving 13 of 16 1st place votes. Sioux Valley is 2nd and received the other 3 1st place votes. Hot Springs is #4 and Elk Point-Jefferson and Deuel are tied at #5. Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central and Tri-Valley received votes.

  • Big East Conference teams in action tonight include Baltic at Scotland/Menno, Flandreau hosting Beresford, Parker hosts Clark/Willow Lake, and McCook Central/Montrose travels to Elk Point-Jefferson. Other 11B notable games have Deuel traveling to Groton. Saturday's games have Mount Vernon/Plankinton hosting Rapid City Christian, Hot Springs is at St. Thomas More and Winner travels to Lead-Deadwood.

  • Tonight's game can be heard on Q107.3 FM.

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast online on Bridgewater-Emery's YouTube Channel. A link for livestreaming can be found on our home page.

  • The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for cloudy skies with a temperature of 72 degrees and winds out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.

  • The Bridgewater-Emery Boosters will be serving a tailgate meal prior to tonight's game. Serving will start at 6pm.

  • The Seahawks JV improved to 3-0 on the season with a 12-8 win over Parker. They host Sioux Valley on Monday at 4:30 pm.

  • The Junior High team improved to 3-0 with a 36-12 win over Parker on Tuesday. Next action is on Tuesday in Volga against Sioux Valley with kickoff at 4:30 pm.

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