This week's game preview is sponsored by Hofer Physical Therapy of Bridgewater!
The Seahawks hosted the Golddiggers of Lead-Deadwood in first round playoff action last week and rolled to a 53-0 win in a game that was ended early in the fourth quarter due to the mercy rule.
Lead-Deadwood received the opening kickoff and fumbled on their very first play. BEE took advantage of the short field position and scored 6 plays later on a 4 yard run by Bodie Burnham. After forcing a L-D punt on the next drive, BEE drove 54 yards in 6 plays and Burnham scored his second rushing TD of the night on a 15 yard run midway through the opening quarter. After a turnover on downs, the Seahawks scored on a 21 yard run by Koby Kayser and led 20-0 after one quarter.
The Seahawks defense held strong in the second quarter, not allowing Lead-Deadwood to cross the 50 yard line. BEE scored three times in the second quarter. A 1 yard run by Kayser, a 25 yard run by Burnham, and a 1 yard rum by Kaden Klumb gave the Seahawks a 40-0 lead at the half.
Kayser added a 5 yard TD run in the third quarter and Clay Hohn capped off the scoring with a 1 yard TD run in the fourth.
Burnham led BEE with 154 rushing yards on 11 carries. Kayser rushed for 89 yards on 13 attempts. Klumb completed 2-of-3 passes for 34 yards.
For the Golddiggers, Rocke Rainey carried the ball 8 times for 25 yards and completed 3-of-15 passes for 9 yards.
Defensively for the Seahawks, Brandon Jansen led with 7 tackles. Eric Gustafson tallied 6 tackles and a tackle for loss. Rylee Schultz chipped in 6 tackles.
BEE had 350 yards of offense (316 rushing, 34 passing), and held Lead-Deadwood to 43 yards of offense (34 rushing, 9 passing). The Seahawks had 18 first downs compared to only 2 for the Golddiggers.
Through nine games, BEE has outscored it's opponents 301-46, or an average of 44.6-5.1 points per game. The Seahawks have 3,317 yards of total offense (368.6 per game), 2,545 rushing (282.8 per game) & 772 passing (85.8 per game). The defense has allowed 1,462 yards of total offense (162.4 per game), 681 rushing (75.7 per game) & 781 passing (86.8 per game).
Kayser leads the way offensively with 990 yards rushing and 16 TDs and has 7 receptions for 156 yards and 2 scores. Kayser also has a punt, kick and interception return for TD this season. Burnham is averaging 9.6 yards per carry and has rushed for 784 yards and 9 TDs. Burnham has caught 4 passes for 133 yards and a score. Klumb has completed 22-of-39 passes for 482 yards and 11 TDs. Gustafson has 8 receptions for 224 yards and 7 TDs. Schultz has caught 6 passes for 155 yards and 4 TDs.
Defensively, Schultz leads the way with 67 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Brandon Jansen is next with 5 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. Kayser has tallied 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Burnham has 5 interceptions, which is one short of the record of 6 set by Sawyer Schultz in 2018.
The Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Blackhawks opened up playoff action last Friday as the seventh seed and hosted tenth seeded Sisseton in Wessington Springs. The Blackhawks led 12-0 at the half and rolled to a 33-0 win.
For the Blackhawks, Clay Olinger rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries. Tryce Slykuis completed 4-of-6 passes for 72 yards and rushed for 67 yards and a TD. Carter Grohs rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries and 3 TDs to pace the Blackhawks who had 339 yards of offense.
Sisseton's Anthony Tchida completed 16-of-33 passes for 134 yards and rushed for 85 yards. Tchida also intercepted 3 Blackhawk passes.
W/WS/SC comes into this quarterfinal playoff match-up with a 7-2 record. Their wins have come against Chamberlain twice, Garretson, Stanley County, Wagner, Aberdeen Roncalli and Sisseton in the opening round of the playoffs. The Blackhawks two losses have come to #1 11B Winner and #2 11A Canton.
The Blackhawks are averaging 22.56 points per game and allowing 9.56 points per game. Slykuis has 9 total TDs on the season for W/WS/SC (3 passing & 6 rushing). Olinger leads the rushing attack with 722 yards and 6 TDs. The Blackhawks last made the playoffs two years ago in 2018 where they also faced off against BEE in the first round and fell 46-0 in Bridgewater. Their last playoff win came in 2017 when the Blackhawks beat Red Cloud in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the semi-finals and fell to the eventual 11B Champion, Sioux Falls Christian, 21-7.
The Seahawks hosted Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central in first round playoff action in 2018. BEE jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and rolled to a 46-0 win.
Jamin Arend started out the scoring with a 38 yard run, followed by a 25 yard TD pass from Brady Hawkins to Sawyer Schultz to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead. Jonah Hofer hauled in a 23 yard TD pass from Hawkins to open up the second quarter. Arend scored the next two TDs for BEE, a 23 yard pass from Hawkins and a 2 yard run. The first half scoring was capped off with a 12 yard TD pass from Hawkins to Hofer to give BEE a 40-0 lead into the half. Grant Andrews scored on a 3 yard run in the third quarter.
Hawkins led BEE, completing 12-of-14 passes for 223 yards and 4 TDs while rushing for 48 yards. Arend rushed for 50 yards on 8 carries and caught 2 passes for 42 yards. Schultz caught 6 passes for 99 yards and Hofer caught 4 passes for 82 yards.
Carter Dye led the defensive shutout for BEE, with 12 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 tackles for loss. Hawkins chipped in 10 tackles.
Alex Wormstadt led the Blackhawks rushing attack with just 18 yards on 8 carries. Landon Wolter completed 1-of-6 passes and threw 3 interceptions in the loss.
BEE had 357 yards of offense (134 rushing, 223 passing) and held the Blackhawks to just 18 yards (12 rushing, 6 passing).
Since both teams have moved up to 11-man BEE is 3-0 against the Blackhawks, outscoring them 120-0. The Seahawks have averaged 303 yards rushing and 98 yards passing per game in those 3 contests for 401 yards per game. BEE's defense has been stout against W/WS/SC, allowing only 81 rushing yards and 37 passing yards for a total of 118 yards per game.
The Seahawks are riding a 20 game home winning streak dating back to 2017. Since moving up to 11-man BEE is 27-2 in Bridgewater, outscoring their opponents a combined 1,050-130, or an average score of 36-4. The Seahawks have held their opponents to 7 points or less in 25 of those 29 games.
The Seahawks currently have their longest win streak as Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan at 21 games. Last week's win over Lead-Deadwood tied the longest win streak in Seahawk history which spanned from 2001-2002 when Emery/Ethan won 21 straight games.
With a win tonight the Seahawks would host the winner of Mobridge-Pollack vs St. Thomas More next Friday, November 6th.
The forecast at kickoff tonight in Bridgewater calls for mostly clear skies with a temperature of 35 degrees and winds out of the south around 10.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KOOL 98.3 FM and Q107.3 FM, as well as a live video stream on the Bridgewater-Emery YouTube channel. Links for radio and livestream are posted on the home page.