Monday, July 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Lions capture Narrows 4A title

With a great week of practice behind them, the Bellarmine Lions headed south to the capital city with their second consecutive Narrows League title clearly in their sight. The only problem was dealing with a hostile Olympia crowd and a tough Bear defense. But Lou Millie ran for 166 yards and a touchdown, and the Lions shut down the vaunted Olympia offense to claim the league title with a convincing 21-0 win on Oct. 19 at Ingersoll Stadium. “The kids really responded tonight against a great opponent, and to dominate all four quarters was just fantastic,” said Lions head coach Tom Larsen, whose squad was dealing with injuries to five key starters. After a sloppy first quarter the Lions began to kick it into high gear, with Sefo Liufau capping a short 21-yard drive in five plays, sneaking it in from three yards out for a 7-0 lead. They wasted little time in extending the lead, as Millie found the end zone from 26 yards out on their next drive to make it 14-0.

“Our offensive line played their best game all year. They really dominated all night long,” said Millie. While the Lions offense began to find their high gear in the second quarter, the defense turned away the Bears, holding them to a mere 106 yards on the night. “We shut down a real good (Olympia) offense tonight,” said linebacker Jacob Salazar, who returned from an injury to spearhead the defense. “We pride ourselves on both sides of the ball keeping us in the game.” With injuries coming to the forefront in the last month, Larsen went to young, untested Lions to fill in the gaps. “The hard work put in by some of our younger players paid off with a lot of playing time in the last month,” said Larsen. “The unselfishness of these kids is an amazing part of our success.”

Brandon Thompson would cap the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter as the championship countdown began. At game’s end, the thoughts turned to the homecoming game against Gig Harbor on Oct. 26, and the possible opponent in district play the following weekend. “We’ll be seeing either Edmonds-Woodway or Lake Stevens (in the first round of playoffs) at Mount Tahoma,” said Larsen, adding that the Lions have familiarity with Edmonds-Woodway after beating them last year. Good fate will smile on the Lions also, with the return of two-way standout Calvin Chandler for the game against the Tides.

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