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Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan ends Canistota's win streak with 38-14 victory


The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS — Wade Miller scored five touchdowns to lead Bridgewater/Emery-Ethan to a 38-14 win over Canistota at the Eighth Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes SoDak Bowl Friday, ending the Hawks’ 37-game winning streak.

BEE coach Jeff VanLeur had a lot of praise for Canistota.

“They’ve been a great team and they have a great program, and hats off to them for that 37-game streak,” he said. “A lot of teams would like to be in their shoes.”

For Canistota coach James Strang, it was a matter of trying to keep the streak out of his players’ heads.

“I commend everything our players did before and we’re still going to keep playing the game of football,” said Strang, who took over as head coach for Lenny Schroeder, now the team’s offensive coordinator. “I got my first win last week as a head coach, and this week I got my first loss. We have a new group of kids and we’re just trying to win games.”

After forcing a Canistota punt, the Seahawks got one first down and then were forced to punt. The ball was snapped over punter Tyler Myers’ head. On the play, Myers started to scramble and hit Wade Miller on a short pass, leading to a 66-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and BEE led 8-0.

After the teams exchanged punts, the Seahawks took over on offense at the Canistota 40-yard line. BEE went on a nine-play drive that ended with a three-yard run by Miller for a TD, leading to a 16-0 second-quarter advantage.

With 1:03 left until halftime, Miller intercepted a Shay Jolley pass at the Canistota 48-yard line.

The Seahawks moved those 48 yards on three plays, scored on a 29-yard romp by Miller and went into intermission with a 24-0 lead.

Midway through the third quarter, the Seahawks took over at the Hawk 31-yard line.

Facing a fourth down and 13 yards to go, BEE quarterback Blake Bartscher hit J.D. Shape on a 30-yard pass to the Canistota 2-yard line and a first down.

From there, Miller got his fourth touchdown of the night on a two-yard plunge and the Seahawks led 32-0.

The Hawks scored early in the fourth quarter on a five-yard run from Carson Hofer after a 10-play, 68-yard drive. The two-point conversion failed and Canistota trailed 32-6.

The Hawks’ final TD came on a four-yard run by Nick Hofer.

Miller led the Seahawks with 193 yards rushing and Myers led the defense with 12 tackles, followed by Shape with nine.

“(Miller) looked good, but he’ll be the first to tell that his offensive line really grew up tonight,” VanLeur said.

BEE (2-0) had 193 yards rushing and 107 yards passing for 300 total yards.

“Our boys came out and grew a lot from the first quarter to the end of the game,” Strang said. “We did some things well in the second half on offense, defense and on special teams. We lost to a very good football team.”

Hofer led the Hawks offensively with 119 yards rushing.

Canistota (1-1) had 150 yards rushing and 27 yards passing for 177 total yards.

First Quarter

BEE: Wade Miller 66 pass from Tyler Myers. (Camden Myers pass from Blake Bartscher)

Second Quarter

BEE: Miller 3 run (Bartscher run)

BEE: Miller 29 yard run (Camden Myers pass from Bartscher)

Third Quarter

BEE: Miller 2 run (Miler pass from Bartscher)

Fourth Quarter

C: Carson Hofer 5 run (Run failed)

BEE: Miller 30 run (Run failed)

C: Nick Hofer 4 run (Hofer run)