Seahawks roll past Fighting Cougars
BRIDGEWATER—Brady Hawkins and Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan got back in the win column on Friday.
The Class 11B No. 2 Seahawks downed McCook Central/Montrose 48-6 in the Daily Republic Game of the Week.
One week after falling to Canton in a matchup of the top-two ranked teams in 11B, the Seahawks made quick work of the Fighting Cougars.
"We still had a bad taste in our mouth," Hawkins said. "So all week in practice we talked just basically making up for it and all the mistakes we made last week that could have won us the ball game, just making up for it this week."
Hawkins and the Seahawks made up for it on Friday. The junior quarterback had a hand in five of the seven touchdowns for BEE (6-1). Hawkins had three passing touchdowns and two rushing scores, while he racked up 175 yards through the air and 56 on the ground.
"They ran a lot of cover three," Hawkins said. "So all week long in practice we looked at a lot of options to basically beat that."
The Seahawks got off to a sluggish start as penalties on the opening drive of the game wiped away touchdowns. BEE also had another touchdown taken away in the first half on an offensive penalty.
"I thought we made too many mistakes," BEE coach Jeff Van Leur said. "We shot ourselves in the foot and we can't do that. A good team doesn't do that and we need to work on that and we are going to continue to work on some of that."
After the slow start, the Seahawks went to work. Hawkins punched one in from a yard out for the game's first score.
That got the Seahawk offense going in the first half. Hawkins connected with Jamin Arend (19 yards), Sawyer Schultz (75 yards) and Jonah Hofer (26 yards) for three second-quarter touchdowns. Schultz finished with a team-high 91 receiving yards.
"We kind of made a couple of big plays and took them out of what they were doing and got a couple of quick scores on them and got their heads down a little bit," Van Leur said.
Leading 28-0 at halftime, BEE padded its lead to 34-0 on an Arend 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half.
After MCM (2-5) snapped the shutout with a Raygen Randall seven-yard run, Hawkins added a 37-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Arend put an exclamation point on the night with an 80-yard interception return for a score.
The Seahawks play at Volga on Oct. 12 in the regular-season finale before they shift into playoff mode.
"We are doing a lot of nice things," Van Leur said. "We still have got some things we have to work on, but we are doing a lot of nice things. We continue that and do it again next week, that would be a good way to go to the playoffs."
MCM hosts West Central on Oct. 12 in Salem.
BEE: Brady Hawkins 1 run (Hawkins kick)
BEE: Jamin Arend 19 pass from Hawkins (kick failed)
BEE: Sawyer Schultz 75 pass from Hawkins (pass good)
BEE: Jonah Hofer 26 pass from Hawkins (Hawkins kick)
BEE: Arend 80 kickoff return (pass failed)
MCM: Raygen Randall 7 run (run failed)
BEE: Hawkins 37 run (kick failed)
BEE: Arend 80 interception return (Schultz from Hawkins)
PASSING: BEE, Brady Hawkins 7-12-175-3-0. MCM, Blake Gessner 1-2-8-0-1.
RUSHING: BEE, Hawkins 9-56, Jamin Arend 7-19. MCM, Jacobi Krouse 21-110, Gessner 17-38, Raygen Randall 9-19.
RECEIVING: BEE, Sawyer Schultz 3-91, Arend 3-68, Jonah Hoger 1-16. MCM: Randall 1-8.
DEFENSE: BEE, Rylee Schultz 9 tackles, Hawkins 9 tackles, Sawyer Schultz 6 tackles. MCM, Gessner 5 tackles, Jake Cheeseman 4 tackles.