Lou Millie ran for 182 yards and a touchdown and the Bellarmine Prep offensive line helped churn out 252 yards for a 35-30 win over the Bothell Cougars on Saturday afternoon at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the first round of the 2012 state 4A playoffs.
The afternoon started with a bang for Bellarmine, as Drew Griffin fielded the opening kickoff on his own nine-yard line and weaved his way 91 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
Just as soon as the Lion fans settled back down in their seats, Danny Wilson scampered 48 yards to the Lions’ two-yard line and then finished the deal to tie it at 7. The wild first half would not end there, as the Lions erased a 14-7 deficit by scoring 21 consecutive points to take a 28-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
For all of the success of the Bellarmine offensive line this year, they struggled somewhat in the first half, but reasserted their dominance over a good Bothell front seven in the second half. Starting at their own 14-yard line in the fourth quarter, Sefo Liufau engineered a 15-play, 86-yard drive that culminated with a 29-yard touchdown pass to on 4th-and-2 to Logan Hickman for a 35-17 lead that turned out to be the game clincher.
Bothell would later rally to close it to 35-30, but they would get no closer and the Lions thoughts now turn to their Jesuit bretheran in Spokane, the Gonzaga Prep Bull Pups, where the Lions will travel next Saturday afternoon.