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It was slow going for the Seahawk offense in the opening round of the playoffs against Hot Springs. After amassing nearly 500 yards of total offense the week before at Beresford, Hot Springs held BEE to a season low 246 yards of offense. However, it was the BEE defense that made a few huge, and scoring, plays in the first half to gain momentum and shut out the Bison 36-0.
After trading punts on the first few drives, Jonah Hofer was able to break free for a 41 yard TD run to take a 6-0 lead. On their next offensive possession, the Seahawks drove down inside the Bison 5 yard line but Hawkins and Grant Andrews fumbled the exchange and Hot Springs recovered. Hot Springs snapped the ball over QB Brynn Thompson's head and Thompson fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety. The Seahawks led 8-0 after one quarter.
Hofer scored on a 55 yard run midway through the 2nd to take a 15-0 lead. With under a minute remaining and the ball inside their own 20 yard line, Hot Springs opted to take a shot down the field instead of going into the half, where they would receive the 2nd half kickoff. Thompson's pass was launched down-field and Hofer made a spectacular over the shoulder catch to intercept the pass and return it 52 yards for a TD. The Seahawks led 22-0 at the half.
BEE tacked on one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters. Hawkins ran in from 12 yards out in the third to take a 29-0 lead, and Hawkins connected with Chase Arend on a 13 yard touchdown pass to take a 36-0 lead late in the fourth.
Hofer led the Seahawks with 104 rushing yards & 2 TDs. Andrews rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries and Hawkins had 41 rushing yards and a TD.
The Bison were led by Marcus Harkless with 63 yards on 21 carries. Thompson completed 2-of-9 passes for 25 yards.
BEE had 246 yards of offense, 233 rushing & 13 passing. Hot Springs rushed for 73 yards and had 25 passing yards for a total of 98 yards of offense.
Through nine games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 408-92, or an average of 45.3-10.2 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,326 yards of total offense (369.6 per game), 2,568 rushing (285.3 per game) & 758 passing (84.2 per game). The defense has allowed 1,683 yards of total offense (187 per game), 1,097 rushing (121.9 per game) & 586 passing (65.1 per game).
Brady Hawkins leads the way offensively. Hawkins has completed 23-of-52 passes for 654 yards and 10 TDs, while rushing for 749 yards and 13 TDs. Jonah Hofer has rushed for 863 yards and 17 TDs and has 7 receptions for 244 yards & 4 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 412 yards and 5 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 264 yards and 2 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and a TD. Chase Arend has 6 receptions for 134 yards & 3 TDs, and Rylee Schultz has 3 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Defensively, Grant Andrews leads the way with 96 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Rylee Schultz is second with 78 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Hawkins has tallied 75 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble. Brandon Jansen is next with 64 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery. Arend has 52 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Bodie Burnham and Hofer have each intercepted 2 passes.
The 5-3 Cossacks hosted the #9 seed Sisseton who also finished the regular season with a 5-3 record. Sioux Valley made it clear they were the better team, dismantling the Redmen 60-8 in first round playoff action.
Jaxton Schiller got the scoring started just three minutes into the game when he caught a 21 yard TD pass from Parker Puetz. McKade Rentsch scored a pair of TDs later in the first, one an 11 yard run and the other a 5 yard TD run, to make it 22-0 after one. Puetz connected with Schiller on a 44 yard TD pass on the first possession of the second quarter to make it 30-0. The Cossacks capitalized on two Sisseton turnovers with TDs to make it 44-0 at the half. Sisseton scored on the opening drive of the second half, but Sioux Valley responded with a 5 yard TD run by Raven Olson. Olson scored a few minutes later on a 12 yard run to end the game.
Rentsch finished with 156 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 17 carries. Schiller rushed for 113 yards on 10 carries and had 2 receptions for 65 yards & 2 TDs.
Sioux Valley comes into this quarterfinal round playoff match-up with a 6-3 record. Their wins have come over Redfield, Flandreau, Elk Point-Jefferson, Beresford, Garretson, and Sisseton. Their losses have come against Tri-Valley, BEE & MCM. Season results were as follows.
The Cossacks have outscored opponents 352-196, or an average of 39.1-21.8
Sophomore QB Parker Puetz has completed 50-of-114 passes for 1,020 yards and 14 TDs with 6 interceptions. McKade Rentsch is the leading rusher with 488 yards on 45 carries & 7 TDs. Jaxton Schiller has rushed for 483 yards & 6 TDs on 66 carries. Schiller has also caught 21 passes for 418 yards & 5 TDs. Lane Vanderwal has 16 receptions for 407 yards & 7 TDs.
As a team, Sioux Valley has 2,783 yards of offense. They average 127.5 passing and 220.4 rushing yards per game.
The Seahawks hosted the Cossacks of Sioux Valley on Sept. 6 and rolled to a 41-8 victory.
Jonah Hofer scored his first of four TDs on the night to start the scoring in the first quarter with a 3 yard TD run. Brady Hawkins scored on a 7 yard run later in the first to give BEE a 13-0 lead after one. Hofer found pay-dirt from 5 yards out in in the second quarter to give the Seahawks a 20-0 heading into the half. BEE continued rolling in the third quarter; Grant Andrews scored on a 4 yard run, Hofer intercepted a Sioux Valley pass and returned it 87 yards and also scored on a 3 yard run to take a 41-0 lead into the fourth quarter. The Cossacks varsity added a late score on the Seahawk JV on a 13 yard TD pass from Parker Puetz to Jaxton Shiller to make the final score 41-8.
Hawkins completed 1-of-3 passes for 14 yards and rushed for 175 yards on 16 carries. Koby Kayser rushed for 49 yards on 6 carries, Grant Andrews had 10 carries for 42 yards, and Jonah Hofer rushed for 41 yards on 14 carries.
Defensively, Hawkins led the way with 8 tackles. Josh Bartscher also had 8 tackles and a fumble recovery. Bodie Burnham tallied 6 tackles, 2 interceptions and a pass deflection. Rylee Schultz added 6 tackles, and Colby Weber had 5 tackles, 1 sack, and a tackles for loss.
Parker Puetz led Sioux Valley, completing 12-of-21 passes for 165 yards and 2 TD. Jaxton Schiller had 8 receptions for 115 yards and a TD. Schiller was the leading rusher for the Cossacks with only 11 yards on 5 carries.
BEE had 324 total yards of offense (14 passing, 310 rushing) and held Sioux Valley to 188 yards of offense (165 passing, 23 rushing).
With a win tonight the Seahawks would host the winner of Mobridge-Pollock vs McCook Central/Montrose next Friday.
BEE is 6-1 all-time against Sioux Valley, including 2-0 in the playoffs. The Seahawks have outscored the Cossacks 176-76 in those 7 games, or an average score of 25-11.
The Seahawks are riding a 13 game home winning streak dating back to 2017, when they lost to Sioux Valley. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 20-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 736-124, or an average score of 33-6. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 18 of those 22 games.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater at 7 pm calls for partly cloudy skies, a temperature of 35 degrees and winds out of the southwest at 5-10 mph.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM as well as a live video on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. Links for radio and video are posted on the home page.
#8 Sioux Valley
*7PM - Bridgewater
#5 McCook Central/Montrose
6PM - Mobridge
#7 St Thomas More
6PM - Winner
#6 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton
7PM - Webster