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The Seahawks hosted the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers last Friday with a trip to the 11B State Championship game on the line. Koby Kayser had a monster game with 5 rushing TDs and the Seahawk defense held the Tigers to just 57 yards of offense in a 46-0 win.
The Tigers received the opening kickoff and on 3rd and 10 Rylee Schultz intercepted a pass to give BEE the ball inside the Tigers 30 yard line. Seven plays later Kayser plunged in from one yard out to take a 7-0 lead. BEE forced a 3-and-out on the next possession and, after a backwards bounce on the punt that netted -3 yards, the Seahawks started the drive on the Tigers 20 yard line. Seven plays later Bodie Burnham scored from 2 yards out and BEE led 14-0 after the first quarter.
Both teams traded punts to start off the second quarter before Koby Kayser busted loose on the first play of the drive to score from 80 yards out. BEE led 20-0. The Seahawks forced another Tiger punt on the following drive which backed BEE up to their own 5 yard line. Thirteen plays and 95 yards later Kayser scored on a 7 yard TD run to make the score 27-0. The Tigers then mustered up their best offensive possession of the game, driving 50 yards in 10 plays to get inside the Seahawks 15 yard line, however a 4th down pass was broken up by Burnham to give BEE the 27-0 lead heading into the half.
The Seahawks continued their dominance in the second half, scoring on their first three offensive possessions and holding the Tigers to -6 yards. BEE scored on a 3 yard run by Kayser and a 15 yard pass from Kaden Klumb to Burnham in the 3rd quarter to take a 39-0 lead. The Seahawks tacked on one final score in the fourth on an 8 yard run by Kayser to make the final score 46-0.
Kayser rushed for a career high 255 yards and 5 TDs. His 255 rushing yards is the second most in a single game by a Seahawk (Jamin Arend is the current record holder with 273 yards against Sioux Valley in 2018). Kayser tied the BEE record for rushing TDs in a game which is held by Jamin Arend (vs Mobridge-Pollock 2018) and Jonah Hofer (vs Beresford 2019). Burnham added 83 yards rushing and is just 36 yards away from 1,000 yards on the season. Klumb added 36 rushing yards and completed 3-of-4 passes for 26 yards and a TD.
For the Tigers, Cayden Eisemann completed 10-of-28 passes for 67 yards and 2 interceptions. Gavin Reinert was the team's leading rusher with 9 yards.
Defensively, Eric Gustafson had 6 tackles and 2 tackles for loss. Rylee Schultz tallied 6 tackles and an interception. Kayser added 6 tackles and an interception. Klumb had 5 tackles and Jay Storm had 4 tackles.
BEE totaled 405 yards of offense with 379 coming by way of rushing and 26 passing. The Tigers, who were averaging well over 400 yards per game, were held to just 57 yards of offense (67 passing, -10 rushing). The -10 rushing yards allowed is the second fewest allowed in BEE history. The current record is -39 rushing yards against Wagner in 2019.
Through eleven games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 489-52, or an average of 44.5-4.7 points per game. Sioux Valley is the only team to reach double digits against BEE. The Seahawks have 4,102 yards of total offense (372.9 per game), 3,219 rushing (292.6 per game) & 883 passing (80.3 per game). The defense has allowed 1,579 yards of total offense (143.5 per game), 1,579 rushing (63.5 per game) & 880 passing (80.0 per game). The Seahawks are averaging 7.9 yards per play and holding opponents to 3.3 yards per play. BEE is converting 56.6% of it's 3rd down attempts while opponents are only converting 20%. The defense has given up just 3 rushing and 8 passing TDs. BEE has turned the ball over 9 times and forced 31 turnovers by their opponents.
Koby Kayser leads the way offensively and after last week holds the record for rushing yards in a season with 1,375 and rushing TDs with 24. Jamin Arend held both records with 1,272 rushing yards in 2017 and 22 rushing TDs in 2018. Kayser has also caught 9 passes for 204 yards and 2 TDs and has tied Arend for most TDs in a season with 29. Burnham has rushed for 964 yards and 12 TDs in 10 games this season. Bodie has also caught 6 passes for 158 yards 2 TDs. Kaden Klumb has completed 29-of-49 passes for 593 yards and 12 TDs while rushing for 272 yards and 5 TDs. Eric Gustafson has 9 receptions for 228 yards and 7 TDs. Rylee Schultz has 8 receptions for 189 yards and 4 TDs.
Schultz leads the way defensively with 82 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 5 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Gustafson has 57 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions. Kayser is next with 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Brandon Jansen has 56 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Josh Bartscher has 4 sacks and Burnham is tied for a team high 5 interceptions.
The Warriors hosted Sioux Valley in the 11B semifinals and, after jumping out to a 14-0 lead, held on to defeat the Cossacks 28-14.
After forcing a 3-and-out on Sioux Valley's first possession, Winner drove 56 yards in 11 plays and scored on a 2 yard run by Sam Kruger to take a 6-0 lead. The Cossacks answered back with an impressive drive that took them all the way down inside the Winner 10-yard line. On a 3rd and 8 from Winner's 9-yard line Parker Puetz's pass was intercepted by Kaden Keiser ending the drive. Winner scored on the ensuing possession on a 15 yard pass from Brady Fritz to Kruger to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead. The Cossacks answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive, capped off with an 11 yard TD pass from Puetz to Damian Danzeisen to make the score 14-6 at the half.
Winner received the ball to start the second half and went on a 16-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up nearly 7 minutes and scored on a 1 yard run by Fritz to give his team a 20-6 lead. Sioux Valley answered back with a 15-play, 68-yard drive and scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 4 yard pass from Puetz to Jaxton Schiller to make the score 20-14. The Warriors answered back with another long drive, chewing nearly 8 minutes off the clock and scored on a 3 yard run by Keiser to seal the win for Winner.
Fritz led Winner with 12 carries for 69 yards and completed 3-of-3 passes for 35 yards. Kruger rushed 11 times for 48 yards and Riley Orel added 11 carries for 32 yards. Kaden Keiser rushed for 32 yards on 12 carries.
For Sioux Valley, Puetz completed 10-of-18 passes for 112 yards and rushed for 22 yards. Schiller added 27 rushing yards and caught 5 passes for 45 yards.
Winner had 242 yards of offense (207 rushing, 35 passing) and Sioux Valley had 195 yards of offense (83 rushing, 112 passing).
Winner comes into this state championship game with a record of 10-0. Season results are as follows:
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The Warriors have outscored opponents 426-62, or an average of 42.6-6.2 a game. Winner averages 368.6 total yards per game (323.5 rushing, 45.1 passing) and is holding opponents to 174.9 yards per game (88.5 rushing, 86.4 passing). The Warriors have only committed 5 turnovers on the year, while forcing 19 turnovers by opponents.
Brady Fritz runs the Warrior offense and has completed 21-of-33 passes for 447 yards and 7 TDs with only one interception. Fritz has also rushed for 464 yards and 7 TDs on 58 carries. Sam Kruger is Winner's leading rusher with 762 yards and 11 TDs on 95 carries. Kruger has caught 5 passes for 89 yards and 4 TDs. Riley Orel has carried the ball 67 times fr 602 yards and 9 TDs. Kaden Keiser has rushed for 418 yards and 7 TDs.
Much like this year's championship game, both Winner and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan came into the 2019 11B title game with undefeated records. It took a Seahawk goal-line stand to hold off the Warriors and BEE claimed their first ever 11-man championship, 21-14.
Winner received the opening kickoff and quickly made a statement, driving 64 yards in 14 plays, chewing up over 6 minutes on the clock, and scored on a 6 yard run by Trevor Peters to take a 8-0 lead. Neither team could muster any offense through much of the rest of the first half with both teams trading punts. With 3:33 remaining in the first half BEE started with the ball on their own 16 yard line and went 84 yards in 11 plays capped off with a 7 yard TD pass from Brady Hawkins to Eric Gustafson. Winner led 8-7 at the half.
BEE receiving the opening kickoff of the second half and made quick work of the Warrior defense, going 54 yards in 5 plays and scoring on 38 yard TD pass from Hawkins to Chase Arend to give BEE it's first lead of the game at 14-0 with 9:41 left in the third quarter. Winner, unrattled, answered back with a methodical 10 play, 62 yard drive and scored on a 9 yard run by Peters to make the score 14-14 with 5:17 left in the third. Both teams traded punts on their next possessions as we headed into the final quarter with a tie game.
The Seahawks started the fourth quarter with great field position after a Warrior punt and set up on the Winner 46 yard-line. Seven plays into the drive Hawkins hit Jonah Hofer down the sideline for a 34 yard TD pass and BEE once again led 21-14 with 8:30 left in the game. On Winner's next possession the Warriors were able to drive down into the Seahawk's 15 yard line but were unable to convert on 4th down and gave the ball back to BEE with with 6:13 remaining. The Seahawks fumbled the ball away just two plays later and Winner took over on the BEE 16 yard line. Winner was able to drive down to the goal line and had the ball 1st and goal on the 1 yard line. In one of the highlight moments of the game, the Seahawks stuffed the Warriors 4 straight plays and took back the ball with just 1:46 remaining. BEE was able to advance to their own 10 yard line before having to punt back to the Warriors who took over with 38 seconds left in the game on the BEE 38 yard line. Three plays later Winner QB Brady Fritz's pass was intercepted by Chase Arend to seal the win for the Seahawks.
BEE was led by Hawkins who completed 10-of-15 passes for 152 yards and 3 TDs. Hawkins also rushed for 77 yards on 15 carries. Chase Arend hauled in 4 passes for 76 yards and a TD. Jonah Hofer caught 2 passes for 38 yards and a score.
Winner was led by Trevor Peters with 123 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries. Sam Kruger added 74 rushing yards on 14 carries. Fritz completed 1-of-4 passes for -11 yards.
Defensively, Brady Hawkins led the way with 12 tackles. Grant Andrews added 11 tackles and a tackle for loss. Chase Arend tallied 9 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception.
BEE had 296 yards of offense (144 rushing, 152 passing) and Winner had 275 yards of offense (286 rushing, -11 passing). Winner won the time of possession 26:55-21:05.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the Seahawks have advanced to the 11B Championship Game, the most consecutive title game appearances in Seahawk history.
BEE is 2-1 all time against Winner. In the three meetings the Warriors have outscored the Seahawks 60-52.
This is the Seahawks 12th championship game appearance, and 7th appearance as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan. This is the 8th time the Seahawks have appeared in a championship game in the last 12 seasons.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak in team history at 23 games. Over the course of the winning streak BEE has outscored it's opponents 993-158, or an average of 43-7. The Seahawks have held their opponents to one touchdown or less in 18 of those 23 games.
Mask/face coverings are required by all spectators when entering the dome and must be worn at all times during the game. Fans will not be allowed on the field after the game.
The welcome home/social will be held Friday after the game at 5 pm at the Old Lumber Yard in Vermillion. A pasta buffet will be served for parents/fans for $15.
Friday's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM & 107.3 FM, on SDPB on your TV, and online at