After a slow first quarter start, the Bellarmine Lions roared past the Yelm Tornadoes by a score of 56-7 Friday night at Memorial Field to remain atop the Narrows 4A standings at 4-0, with a trip to Olympia looming next Friday night.
After not scoring in their first three possessions and falling behind 7-0 after the first period, The Lions would score 35 second quarter points while holding the Yelm offense to a mere 63 first-half yards. Sefo Luifau hit Garrett McKay for a 47-yard touchdown strike to tie it at 7-7. After another Yelm three-and-out, Brandon Thompson scored on a five-yard scamper on the back end of a five-play, 35-yard drive to give the Lions their first lead of the night, and the rout was on.
The Lions opened the second half with a bang. McKay received the second half kick and pitched to Jamal Ervin, who sped 90 yards untouched down the right sidelines for a touchdown to up the Lions’ lead to 42-7. Sophomore William Roberson took over for Liufau in the third quarter and engineered an 11-play, 70-yard drive, with Tyler Lee toting all the carries, including the touchdown.
Overshadowed by the offensive explosion, the Bellarmine defense was stellar in their own right, holding Yelm to 21 total yards in the second half and 84 for the entire game. With this game in the history books, the Lions’ thoughts now turn to Olympia at Ingersoll Stadium next Friday night. A win would give Bellarmine their second consecutive Narrows 4A title.