The Sideline

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 This Week's Paper
Late field goal lifts Bellarmine Prep past Lakes

After stalling offensively much of the first half, Bellarmine Prep stormed back against Lakes in the second half, and pulled off a 16-14 win when Matthew Philichi nailed a 33-yard field goal with just over a minute left in the game.

Junior running back Nathan Goltermann – who stands at 5-foot-4 and 122 pounds – carried the ball nine times for 38 yards on the Lions’ 12-play, 57-yard drive to set up the game-winner. Goltermann finished with 23 carries for 118 yards.

Despite dominating the first two quarters and having several scoring opportunities, Lakes was only able to take a 7-0 lead at the half – on Caleb Lyons’ six-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. The Lancers turned the ball over on downs at the Lions’ 26-yard line on their first drive of the game, and fumbled at Bellarmine’s five-yard line on their next possession.

Philichi had a chance to put the Lions on the board midway through the second quarter, but his 43-yard field goal sailed just left. The Lancers then stormed 77 yards in seven plays, but were stopped short on fourth-and-goal, denying them a chance to go up two scores at the break. The Lancers finally added their second score early in the second half, as Xzavier Weston scored on a 26-yard run to cap a 10-play, 86-yard drive. But Goltermann answered with a nine-yard touchdown for the Lions four plays later, after quarterback Lou Millie hit Drew Griffin for a 50-yard completion on 3rd-and-8 to keep the drive alive. Goltermann added a key 29-yard scamper on the Lions’ next possession to set up Millie’s one-yard touchdown. But the extra point was botched, leaving the Lions down 14-13.

After Lyons – who led Lakes with 16 carries for 89 yards – returned the ensuing kickoff to Bellarmine’s 26-yard line, the Lions’ defense stood firm, as Garrett Letts and Nick Dionas came up with back-to-back clutch tackles to snuff out the Lancers’ threat. That set up the final drive, fueled by Goltermann and finished by Philichi’s game-winning boot. Bellarmine quickly ended Lakes’ final chance when Letts intercepted Kemonee Jenkins on the first play of the next drive.

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