Seahawks downed by Chargers in Class 11B title game

VERMILLION--It felt like deja vu for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan Seahawks on Friday. For the second straight season, BEE couldn't stop Sioux Falls Christian and it resulted in another Class 11B state runner-up finish at the DakotaDome. The Charge...

Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan's Jamin Arend (2) runs outside the reach of Sioux Falls Christian's Ryan Sjaarda (52) during the Class 9B state championship game on Friday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade / Republic)

VERMILLION-It felt like deja vu for the Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan Seahawks on Friday.

For the second straight season, BEE couldn't stop Sioux Falls Christian and it resulted in another Class 11B state runner-up finish at the DakotaDome. The Chargers defeated the Seahawks 43-8.

Last season, the Seahawks fell to Sioux Falls Christian 27-12 in the title tilt.

"It was a repeat of last year," BEE senior lineman Carter Dye said. "They just came out stronger than us and they got on a roll and it was hard to stop."

Offensively, the Seahawks (10-2) couldn't get on track and Sioux Falls Christian scored touchdowns on two BEE turnovers. Defensively, Joe Robbie MVP Parker Nelson was a thorn in BEE's side for the second year in a row. Behind a powerful offensive line, the shifty running back finished with 245 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson set the Class 11B title game record with 253 yards last season against the Seahawks.


"Their line is outstanding and all props to them," BEE senior running back/defensive back Jamin Arend said. "They are a great team. Obviously, they just won the championship and they couldn't do it without their line."

The Chargers (10-2) set the tone early and bullied their way down the field on the opening drive. Dawson Mulder capped off the 15-play drive with a five-yard touchdown run. The opening drive a preview of things to come as Sioux Falls Christian rushed for 478 yards and possessed the ball for 29 minutes.

"They are big and they are physical and they just blew us right off the ball and opened up a lot of holes for (Nelson) and he is very fast," Dye said. "So he used his speed and when he gets through a hole, it is hard to get him in open field."

Sioux Falls Christian seized control in the second quarter with two straight Mulder to Mitchell Goodbary touchdown strikes.

"They just used ball control and we could never get it back from them and we couldn't get the stops we needed," BEE coach Jeff Van Leur said.

The second Mulder to Goodbary connection was a killer for BEE, which forced a turnover on downs and took over at its own 11-yard line as halftime approached. The Seahawks, however, fumbled the ball back to the Chargers. One play later, Mulder hit Goodbary for a 21-yard touchdown in between two BEE defenders as time expired. Nelson's two-point conversion run made it 22-0 at halftime.

"They studied their film," Arend said. "They knew what was going to happen and it felt like they wanted it more than us and they came out on top."

The Chargers continued to pile on the yards and points in the second half. After another BEE fumble on the opening drive, Sioux Falls Christian took advantage of a short field and Nelson scored a one-yard touchdown.


BEE quarterback Brady Hawkins snapped the shutout with a 28-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. Nelson scored his second touchdown with a 58-yard burst and a 36-8 advantage. Sioux Falls Christian's Silas Hoffman scored a 70-yard touchdown for the game's final score.

The Seahawks finished with 189 total yards, while Hawkins was held in check. The strong-armed quarterback finished with 41 passing yards and one interception. He added 94 rushing yards.

Offensively, BEE committed 10 penalties for 84 yards.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Van Leur said. "We never could get rolling and we finally did a couple times and then we had a couple penalties again, but a few too many mistakes. You can't do that against a good football team and it came back to bite us."

SFC 6 16 14 7 - 43

BEE 0 0 8 0 - 8

First quarter

SFC: Dawson Mulder 5 run (conversion failed)


Second quarter

SFC: Mitchell Goodbary 22 pass from Mulder (conversion failed)

SFC: Goodbary 21 pass from Mulder (Parker Nelson run)

Third quarter

SFC: Nelson 1 run (Nelson run)

BEE: Brady Hawkins 28 run (Jonah Hofer pass from Hawkins)

SFC: Nelson 58 run (Nelson run failed)

Fourth quarter

SFC: Silas Hoffman 70 run (Gage Greibel kick)

PASSING (C-A-YDS-INT): SFC, Mulder 2-3-43-0; BEE, Hawkins 6-15-41-1.

RUSHING (ATT-YDS): SFC, Nelson 34-245; BEE, Hawkins 12-94, Arend 15-52.

RECEIVING (REC-YDS): SFC, Goodbary 2-43; BEE, Arend 3-20, Grant Andrews 2-16, Sawyer Schultz 1-5.

DEFENSE: SFC, Goodbary 14 tackles; BEE, Arend 13 tackles, Hawkins 12 tackles, Andrews 8 tackles.

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