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Last Week

The Seahawks had a bye last week but traveled to Volga the week before on September 16th 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). The Cossacks fall to 3-2 on the year.

This Season

The Seahawks are off to a 5-0 start with wins over Baltic, Flandreau, Clark-Willow Lake, Parker and Sioux Valley. The remainder of BEE's schedule is certainly much tougher as their first five opponents have a combined record of 9-21, while the final three have a combined 15-1 record.

The Seahawks have outscore their opponents 148-47, an average of 29.6-9.4 per game. Only one of BEE's opponents has scored more than once against the Seahawk defense. BEE's defense has given up only one second half TD so far this season. The Seahawks are averaging 262.2 yard per game offensively, 194.8 rushing and 67.4 passing. Opposing teams are averaging 143.2 yards of offense, 98.6 rushing and 44.6 passing.

Riley Endres leads with 488 yards rushing and 8 TDs. The senior also has 3 receptions for 35 yards and a score. Macklen Weber has rushed for 253 yards and 4 TDs and has completed 7-of-16 passes for 113 yards and 2 TDs. Sutton Arend has 8 receptions for 221 yards and a TD and has rushed for 7 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Kean Stevenson and Aaron Horvath lead the way with 32 tackles each. Drake Gustafson is next with 29 tackles, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Aguer VanSickle has 20 tackles, a team high 6 tackles for loss and 2 tacks. Sutton Arend and Jason Zeeb round out the top 5 with 27 tackles each.

Winner Warriors

Last Week

The Warriors also had a bye last week, but hosted Lead-Deadwood on September 16th. Winner scored 38 first quarter points and rolled to a 44-0 win.

Blake Volmer threw a 39 yard TD pass to Ethan Bartels to take an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. With 7:29 left in the opening quarter, Jack Peters scored on a 48 yard run to make the score 14-0. Winner stretched the lead to 22-0 after a 19 yard TD run by Karson Keiser with 4:10 left in the first. With 1:51 left in the quarter Aiden Barfuss scored on a 19 yard run to make the score 30-0. Barfuss added a 4 yard rushing TD with 26 seconds left in the first quarter to take a 38-0 lead. The Warriors scored once more in the second quarter on a 80 yard run by Volmer.

Volmer completed 2-of-2 passes for 55 yards and a TD and also rushed for 80 yards and a TD. Peters led the rushing attack with 89 yards on 5 carries and a score. Barfuss carried the ball 5 times for 46 yards and 2 TDs.

Sam Kooima led Lead-Deadwood with 80 rushing yards on 16 carries and completed 7-of-18 passes for 38 yards and 2 interceptions.

As a team, Winner rushed for 323 yards and threw for 55 yards for a total of 378 offensive yards. Lead-Deadwood had 157 total yards of offense, rushing for 119 yards and throwing for 38.

This Season

The Warriors come into this week's match-up with a 5-0 record. Their wins have come over Tri-Valley (48-12), Wagner (52-12), Webster (62-8), Beresford (22-0) and last week's win over Lead-Deadwood. Winner has outscored opponents 228-32, or an average of 45.6-6.4 points per game.

Offensive leaders for the Warriors are SR QB/DB Blake Volmer (6'3, 185 lbs.), JR FB/LB Aiden Barfuss (6'0, 210 lbs.) and SR RB/DB Riley Orel (5'10, 180 lbs.). Volmer has completed 9-of-12 passes for 162 yards and 4 TDs with one interception while also rushing for 111 yards on 9 carries and 2 TDs. Barfuss has rushed for 442 yards and 7 TDs on just 44 carries, averaging 10 yards per carry. Orel is averaging a whopping 16.4 yards per carry this season, carrying the ball 26 times for 427 yards and 7 TDs. Week 2 against Wagner, Orel carried the ball 4 times for 162 yards.

As a team, Winner has outgained opponents by a total of 1,864 yards to just 626 yards by opponents. The Warriors are averaging 372.8 yards per game (340.4 rushing, 32.4 passing). Winner's defense is giving up just 125.2 total yards per game (81 rushing, 44.2 passing). The Warriors have 88 first downs and have given up just 33 first downs.

Looking ahead to next week for Winner is possibly one of the biggest games of the regular season across the state as the Warriors will host West Central who is currently 5-0 and ranked #1 in Class 11A.

This Day in Seahawk History

2011 - The Seahawks improved to 4-1 on the year with a 50-14 win at Howard. BEE racked up over 500 yards of offense in the win. Kendall Lindeman led the way, rushing for 262 yards and 3 TDs on 31 carries. Anthony Huber rushed for 192 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries. Seth Wethor tallied 15 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

2016 - BEE came from behind in the final quarter to eek out a 16-14 win over McCook Central/Montrose in Salem. The game was tied, 7-7 at the half and MCM took a 14-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Cole Gassman scored his second rushing TD of the night in the final quarter to tie the game and Jesse Grosdidier connected on a 25 yard field goal for the win. BEE outgained MCM 254-145 in total yardage. Sam Arend rushed for 107 yards and Gassman rushed for 86 yards in the win. Colton Plagmann led the way defensively with 16 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.

Playoff Picture

If the playoffs started today, this would be the 11B playoff match-ups:

Top Bracket

#1 Aberdeen Roncalli vs #16 Tri-Valley

#8 St. Thomas More vs #9 Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central

#4 Elk Point-Jefferson vs #13 Rapid City Christian

#5 BEE vs #12 Sioux Valley

Bottom Bracket

#2 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton vs #15 Groton

#3 Winner vs #14 Clark/Willow Lake

#6 McCook Central/Montrose vs #11 Redfield

#7 Hot Springs vs #10 Deuel

Game Bits

  • BEE is 2-4 all time against Winner. In the six meetings the Warriors have outscored the Seahawks 162-74, or an average score of 27-12.

  • In the six match-ups, BEE has averaged 220 yards per game (133 rushing, 87 passing) and Winner has averaged 296 yards per game (267 rushing, 29 passing).

  • Proving how key each possession is, the team with fewer turnovers is 5-0 in match-ups between the Seahawks and Warriors. In the 2019 title game both teams turned the ball over one time.

  • In the latest South Dakota Football Coaches Association poll Winner is ranked #1, receiving 12 of 31 first place votes. Elk Point-Jefferson is second, receiving 6 first place votes. The Seahawks are third with one first place vote. Aberdeen Roncalli is fourth, receiving 3 first place votes. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton rounds out the top 5 and McCook Central/ Montrose is receiving votes.

  • In the latest SD Prep Media poll of the season, Winner continues to be ranked #1, receiving all 18 first place votes. BEE is second with Elk Point-Jefferson trailing by just one point in third. Mt. Vernon/Plankinton is 4th followed by Aberdeen Roncalli. St. Thomas More and Hot Springs are receiving votes.

  • Big East Conference teams in action tonight have Baltic hosting Sioux Valley, Elk Point-Jefferson hosts Miller/Highmore-Harrold, Flandreau is at Jim River, and Parker travels to Redfield.

  • Tonight's game will be broadcast live on Bridgewater-Emery's YouTube Channel. A link to watch can be found on our home page.

  • The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for mostly sunny skies with a temperature of 74 degrees with winds out of the southeast around 15, gusting up to 25 mph.

  • The Bridgewater-Emery CTE Department will be serving a roast beef sandwich tailgate meal starting at 6 pm tonight at the football field.

  • The Seahawks Junior High team picked up a win over Sioux Valley (16-14) last week and lost to Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central this week. They are now 4-1-1 and will host Wagner in Bridgewater on Monday at 4:30 pm.

  • The Junior Varsity team will travel to Wagner on Monday for a 4:30 pm kickoff.

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