The amazing ride of the Bellarmine Lions continued on Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome as they defeated the Auburn Trojans by a score of 21-19 in the state class 4A semifinals, and await the defending champion Skyline Spartans next Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. for the 4A championship.
The Lions were led by Lou Millie – who chipped in with 128 yards on the ground – and Sefo Liufau, who threw for two touchdowns on the night and engineered a clutch fourth-quarter drive to run out the clock and propel Bellarmine into the title game. The vaunted Auburn running attack did their damage at times, with long touchdown runs from Harold Lee and Darnell Hagans, but the Lions’ defense came up with big plays when they needed them to help preserve the win.
Once again as they have done all season, the Lions’ offense line took control of the game when they were needed most, giving Millie running lanes and Liufau time to throw when he needed to in the second half.
When the team arrived back on campus, emotions overflowed as many coaches and players contemplated the chance of obtaining the first championship in the school’s history. Next weekend will also be the first time they’ve played in the state title game since 1928.
Skyline will be a tough opponent, but the resilient Lions have such great belief in themselves and are on a roll that might not end anytime soon. It should be a great one next Saturday night, with a huge sea of navy blue in attendance.