As far as openers go, there was a little bit of everything. Timing problems on the line of scrimmage, fumbles, interceptions and the like. But in the end the Bellarmine Prep Lions came up big on the offensive and defensive ends to defeat the Peninsula Seahawks by a score of 26-14 tonight at Memorial Field.
Lou Millie’s debut at quarterback was a success as he threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, one an 80-yard strike to Garrett McKay in the second quarter to tie the game at seven. The 4A state runners-up from last year turned up the pressure on the defensive end in the second quarter and would never look back as they would take a 14-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.
“I was pleased with the effort in the second half as we got a few things ironed out at halftime,” said Lions head coach Tom Larsen.
A real sparkplug for Bellarmine was junior running back Nate Golterman, who ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Starting his first game under center is normally a reason for scrambled nerves, but not so for Millie. “I felt pretty good and had no butterflies at all,” he said. “I’m looking forward to competing against a good Lakes team next Friday night.”
Leading by seven midway through the third quarter, the Bellarmine defense came up big as linebacker Jamal Irvin threw Peninsula running back Avega Siolo for a loss in the end zone for an insurmountable 16-7 Lion lead.
“Our o-line was great tonight,” Larsen said. “Mathew Hallis played exceptionally well on both sides of the ball and freed up a lot of guys in the process. It was a real team win especially in the second half.”
Bellarmine will travel to Harry Lang Stadium in Lakewood next Friday night for a rematch with the Lakes Lancers.