By Owen Reitzel
PLANKINTON — Wade Miller scored three touchdowns and rushed for 205 yards to lead Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan to a 44-27 Cornbelt Conference win over Mount Vernon/Plankinton in opening action Friday.
Miller and the Seahawks caused much frustration for MVP coach Brent Olson.
“First, BEE is a well-coached team and I mean no disrespect to them, but this is as hard of a loss as I’ve ever been involved in,” said Olson. “I leave the field today feeling that we were poorly coached and we didn’t do our jobs. We gave up big plays, penalties and bad snaps and it killed our momentum. (BEE) was in better shape than us and more physical.”
It was the Titans who hit pay dirt first as Cote Hinker dove in from four yards out to give MVP a 6-0 lead with 8:47 left in the opening quarter.
The Seahawks quickly tied the contest at six as Miller took the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown.
BEE forced a Titan punt and went on an 11-play drive, which led to a touchdown to open the second quarter by Miller from six yards out. The two-point conversion was good and the Seahawks held 14-6.
Later in the quarter, BEE recovered a Titan fumble at the MVP 34 yard line. Two plays later, Jordan Grosdidier ran 28 yards for a touchdown, and Miller added the two-point conversion, giving the Seahawks a 22-6 lead at the half.
“Our seniors really stepped up tonight for us,” said BEE coach Jeff VanLeur. “I thought Tyler Myers stepped up and really anchored the line for us, but we played a pretty good football team.”
The Titans looked to get back in the game early in the third quarter. On the second play of the drive, quarterback Deric Denning hit Hinker on a short pass and Hinker raced 66 yards for a score and MVP cut the Seahawk lead to 22-12.
BEE cut short the Titan rally as Grosdidier scored on a nine-yard run on the Seahawks’ next possession.
Grosdidier had 125 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Seahawks, who were paced defensively by Myers with 10 tackles.
BEE (1-0) rushed for 347 yards and had negative passing yards for 343 total yards.
MVP (0-1) was led by Hinker with 19 carries and 122 yards rushing and Denning, who threw for 125 yards. Hinker also led the defense with 10 tackles. The Titans had 168 yards rushing and 125 yards pass for 293 total yards.
BEE will take on Canistota at 7 p.m. at Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, and MVP faces Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central Friday in Wessington Springs.
MVP: Cote Hinker 4 run (conversion failed)
BEE: Wade Miller 78 kick return (conversion failed)
BEE: Miller 6 run (Camden Myers pass from Blake Bartscher)
BEE: Jordan Grosdidier 28 run (Miller run)
MVP: Hinker 66 pass from Deric Denning (conversion failed)
BEE: Grosdidier 46 run (conversion failed)
BEE: Grosdidier 9 run (conversion failed)
BEE: Miller 85 run (Miller run)
MVP: Hinker 7 run (Denning run)
BEE: Miller 15 run (J.D. Shape pass from Bartscher)
MVP: Hinker 12 run (Tristin Labelle kick)