Seahawks stifle Madison, 21-0
BRIDGEWATER — The defense delivered Friday night for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team.
Capitalizing on some key turnovers, the No. 2 team in Class 11B snapped Class 11A No. 2 Madison's 18-game win streak in a 21-0 win in Bridgewater. The Bulldogs are the three-time defending state champions in their class, while BEE picked up its first win over a Class 11A team since moving to 11-man football.
The Bulldogs, ranked second in Class 11A, made its first error in the opening quarter. On fourth down, a bad snap went over the head of the Madison punter and before the kick could get in the air, it was blocked down to the Bulldogs' eight-yard line. Two plays later, Jamin Arend scored from four yards out.
Arend finished the night with 66 yards rushing on 18 carries, along with 86 yards receiving yards and all three touchdowns.
"He was running really hard, especially at the end of the game," said BEE coach Jeff VanLeur. "When we needed another first down, he was on a mission and took over. He has that leadership and we look for that out of him."
In the second quarter, Madison drove to the Seahawk 25-yard line only to have BEE's Jonah Hofer intercept a Tyler Tappe pass in the endzone with a leaping effort. After forcing a Seahawk punt, Madison drove to the BEE 32 just before halftime, only to fumble the ball with the Seahawks' Carter Dye recovering.
The Bulldogs forced a Seahawk punt to open the third quarter and they marched to the BEE 23-yard line on a 15-play drive. After three incomplete passes, Madison tried a 40-yard field goal that fell short.
BEE answered with a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capped with a 1-yard Arend run for a 14-0 lead.
The Bulldogs were haunted by a bad snap again on a punt in the fourth quarter, with Madison covering it on their own 15. Two plays later, Arend salted away the game with a 5-yard touchdown run. VanLeur, not surprisingly, was happy with his defense.
"They really played well tonight," he said. "We had a lot of kids with jobs to do and they did it. Madison is a good football team."
BEE (3-0) had 33 rushes for 78 yards. Quarterback Brady Hawkins was 15-of-24 for 196 yards passing. The Seahawks finished with 274 total yards, while Hawkins and Dye each had 12 tackles. Arend and Grant Andrews each had 1 1/2 sacks for the game.
In the aftermath of Madison's first loss on the road since 2012, Madison coach Max Hodgen said the answer for what happened was easy.
"They just took us behind the woodshed and whooped us down," Hodgen said. "Defensively, I thought we fought hard, but we had too many miscues."
Madison (2-1) had 31 rushed for 48 yards and Tappe was 14-of-34 for 131 yards for a total of 179 yards.
BEE: Jamin Arend 3 run (Brady Hawkins kick)
BEE: Arend 1 run (Hawkins kick)
BEE: Arend 5 run (Hawkins kick)