This championship edition game preview is sponsored by Hofer Physical Therapy of Bridgewater and The Security State Bank of Emery
It was a rematch from a regular season game with McCook Central/Montrose in which the Seahawks won a shootout by a score of 57-35. This time, the Seahawk defense continued its dominance in the playoffs, shutting out their third straight opponent en-route to a 42-0 win over the Fighting Cougars.
MCM got the ball to start the game and the Seahawk defense made quick work of the Fighting Cougars, forcing them to a 3 and out after only gaining 3 yards. BEE then went 57 yards in 8 plays capped off by a 33 yard TD run by Jonah Hofer to take a 6-0 lead with 8:26 left in the 1st. On MCM's next possession they went 17 yards in 6 plays and failed to convert on 4th down, turning the ball back to BEE at midfield. Six plays later Koby Kayser capped off a 6 play 49 yard drive with a 13 yard TD run to give the home team a 14-0 lead with 4:38 left in the opening quarter. After Eric Gustafson intercepted an MCM pass on the next drive, the Seahawks were unable to capitalize and were forced to punt. With 1:32 left remaining in the first half MCM punted from inside their own end zone and Hofer returned the punt 39 yards for a TD. MCM completed a long pass to get inside the BEE 10 yard line, but the Seahawk defense held strong and forced an incomplete pass on 4th down to take a 21-0 lead into the half.
Midway though the 3rd Brady Hawkins connected with Chase Arend on a 30 yard TD pass to take a 28-0 lead. Just seconds into the final quarter Hawkins threw his second TD of the night, this time on a 10 yard pass to Rylee Schultz. That made the score 35-0. The last TD came with 4:27 remaining when Hawkins ran in from 31 yards out to make the final score 42-0.
Hawkins rushed 16 times for 157 yards and completed 2-of-6 passes for 32 yards. Hofer had another big game with 138 yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, Grant Andrews led the way with 16 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Hawkins added 10 tackles & a tackle for loss, and Bodie Burnham had 10 tackles and 2 pass break-ups. Rylee Schultz notched 8 tackles and 3 tackles for loss.
The Seahawks accumulated 348 yards of offense (316 rushing, 32 passing) and held MCM's high powered offense to just 212 total yards, (103 rushing, 109 passing) which is just 3.3 yards per play.
Through eleven games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 483-92, or an average of 43.9-8.4 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,942 yards of total offense (358.4 per game), 3,059 rushing (278.1 per game) & 883 passing (80.3 per game). The defense has allowed 2,083 yards of total offense (189.4 per game), 1,323 rushing (120.3 per game) & 760 passing (69.1 per game). The Seahawks are averaging 8.3 yards per play and holding opponents to 3.5 yards per play. BEE is converting 57% of it's 3rd down attempts while opponents are only converting 29.5%.
Brady Hawkins leads the way offensively. Hawkins has completed 28-of-64 passes for 779 yards and 14 TDs, while rushing for 961 yards and 15 TDs. Jonah Hofer has rushed for 1,107 yards and 18 TDs and has 8 receptions for 255 yards & 4 TDs. Grant Andrews has rushed for 434 yards and 6 TDs. Koby Kayser has rushed for 277 yards and 3 TDs. Chase Arend has 9 receptions for 238 yards & 6 TDs. Bodie Burnham has 6 receptions for 148 yards and a TD, and Rylee Schultz has 4 receptions for 122 yards and 3 TDs.
Defensively, Grant Andrews leads the way with 130 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions. Hawkins is second with 100 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 defensive TDs and a forced fumble. Rylee Schultz is next with 97 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Brandon Jansen has 77 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery. Chase Arend has 63 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Bodie Burnham has three interceptions and Hofer has two.
The 10-0 Warriors matched up with the 10-0 Webster Bearcats in Winner last Friday. Despite holding a 24-0 lead in the first half, Winner was back on their heals as Webster cut the lead down to 30-27. Then Winner's Brady Fritz scored on a 25 yard TD run with just under 2 minutes remaining to seal a 38-27 semifinal win for the Warriors.
Winner had 336 yards of total offense, all rushing, on 63 carries. The Warriors had 209 yards rushing in the first half alone. Trevor Peters rushed 15 times for 113 yards. Philip Jorgensen added 19 carries for 76 yards, and Sam Kruger had 63 rushing yards on 11 carries.
For Webster, which had 257 yards of total offense, QB Braden Holland was 8-of-18 passing for 65 tards, Coby Reetz ran for 93 yards on 17 carries, while Holland added 66 yards on 11 carries.
Winner comes into this state championship game with a record of 11-0. Season results are as follows:
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The Warriors have outscored opponents 482-99, or an average of 43.8-9 a game.
Trevor Peters has rushed 146 yards for 1,175 yards and 25 TDs. Peters is averaging 8 yards per carry and 106.8 yards rushing a game. Philip Jorgensen has rushed for 746 yards on 129 carries and 11 TDs. Jorgensen is averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 67.8 yards per game. Sam Kruger has rushed 71 times for 465 yards & 5 TDs in 8 games this season for the Warriors. QB Brady Fritz has completed 26-of-42 passes for 458 yards and 6 TDs with 2 INTs. Fritz has also rushed for 288 yards and 3 TDs.
After having their season ended by Winner the year before, BEE got some revenge in the 2017 playoffs as they defeated the Warriors in Winner 18-8 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
It was a frigid and windy night and despite turning the ball over twice the Seahawks were able to hold off the defending 11B Champions. Dustin Weber got the scoring started for BEE in the first quarter, scoring on a 68 yard run to take a 6-0 lead. Winner answered in the 2nd on a 1 yard run by Carter Brickman and the Warriors led 8-6 after the conversion. Later in the 2nd Brady Hawkins completed a 6 yard TD pass to Mason Potter to take a 12-8 lead. The Seahawk defense held strong in the 2nd half and Jamin Arend added on a 2 yard TD run in the 4th to seal the win for BEE.
Weber led the Seahawks with 98 yards on 6 carries. Arend rushed for 59 yards on 22 attempts. Hawkins rushed 11 times for 41 yards and completed 3-of-7 passes for 50 yards.
Defensively Bradlee Schultz led with 14 tackles. Potter added 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. Arend had a big game defensively with 10 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss and an interception.
The Seahawks had 248 yards of total offense (198 rushing, 50 passing) and held Winner to 225 yards of offense (219 rushing, 6 passing.) Winner had 4 turnovers to the Seahawks 2.
This is the third consecutive year that the Seahawks have advanced to the 11B Championship Game. The last time Winner was in the 11B title game was 2016, when the Warriors beat Groton 54-0.
BEE is 1-1 all time against Winner. The first meeting was in the 2016 semi-finals ,where despite out-gaining the Warriors 300-222 in total yardage, the Seahawks fell to Winner 38-13 in large part due to committing 5 turnovers. In the two meetings the Warriors have outscored the Seahawks 46-31.
This is the Seahawks 11th championship game appearance, and 6th appearance as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan. This is the 6th time the Seahawks have appeared in a championship game in the last 10 seasons.
The forecast at kickoff Friday in Brookings calls for partly cloudy skies, a temperature of 39 degrees and winds out of the southeast at 10-15 mph.
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