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Jamin Arend should be JAMMIN for BEE

Next man up as BEE runs into newly renovated stadium
Sep 14, 2017

By Rich Winter

Am very interested to see how the Bridgewater/Ethan/Emery squad bounces back following last week's 33-6 loss to Madison, the No. 1 squad in 11A. While BEE coach Jeff VanLeur told the Mitchell Daily Republic the physicality of Madison wore his team down and despite the loss it was a good learning experience for the team. 


It's always interesting to see how a really good team responds after they get thumped by another really good team. Clearly, last Friday, Madison was just the better team. Pretty excited to see how BEE comes out this week in their game with Elk-Point Jefferson, 1-2 on the season. 

Lots of reasons to be intrigued...

* BEE is having their first game at the newly renovated stadium

* Cole Gassman was injured in the Madison game and while VanLeur called the injury a hyper-extended knee, who knows how long it will take Gassman to get back. 


While I'm wishing Gassman a speedy recovery, in some regards, I'm anxiously awaiting to see who the NEXT MEN up are. 


That's the thing about good football teams. Sometimes the vehicle has a flat tire along the way, but, there is usually a spare tire in the shed that's just chomping at the bit to get out and show what he can do. 


Next man up appears to be junior RB, Jamin Arend. The 6-foot, 185 lb. junior scored on a 30-yard TD in the 4th quarter against Madison. Arend finished that game with 64 yards on 10 carries. Say what you will, a 6.4 yards per rush will probably see a few more carries this week. 


While BEE has been blowing people off the ball, I'm guessing the offense might change a bit with Gassman out and with that I'd expect QB Abiah Plastow who was 2-9 passing against Madison to take it up a notch, via running, or perhaps a few more well-blocked screen passes. 

For BEE, Arend rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries. Abiah Plastow had 21 passing yards and completed 2-for-9 passes.


Of course when the offense is missing a piece, it is time for the D to step up. Against Madison, junior lineman Carter Dye contributed two sacks and six tackles. 


I'm expecting a pretty stingy defense against Elk-Point-Jefferson to run into on Friday night. 

EPJ is 1-2 on the season. They lost by a TD, 14-21 to undefeated McCook Central/Montrose. Pounded Flandreau 54-14 and got tore up by Tea Area last week, 44-0. 

1 Aug 25 7:00 p.m. CT McCook Central/Montrose Elk Point 14-21 L 39 3-0
2 Sep 01 7:00 p.m. CT Flandreau Flandreau 54-14 W 41 0-3
3 Sep 08 7:00 p.m. CT Tea Area Elk Point 0-44 L 39 3-0

BEE dropped to No. 2 in the polls this week:

Class 11B

1. SF Christian (26)                3-0      163     2

1. Bridgewater-Em/Ethan (9) 2-1      124     1

4. Sioux Valley                      3-0       114     3

4. Winner                              2-1       72       4

5. McCook Cent./Montrose   3-0       28      T5

Receiving votes: Canton 11, Aberdeen Roncalli 11, Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central 2.

Interesting schedule coming up for BEE. EPJ then a winless Flandreau squad. Canton at BEE, AT MCM, at home vs. No. 3 Sioux Valley....OOOOOHHHH!

4 Sep 15 7:00 p.m. CT Elk Point-Jefferson Bridgewater        
5 Sep 22 7:00 p.m. CT Flandreau Flandreau        
6 Sep 29 7:00 p.m. CT Canton Bridgewater        
7 Oct 06 7:00 p.m. CT McCook Central/Montrose Salem        
8 Oct 13 7:00 p.m. CT Sioux Valley Bridgewater  


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