Injuries, illnesses and overconfidence were three factors Bellarmine head coach Tom Larsen had to think about before his squad’s game against a reeling Stadium team on Sept. 28. But before too long, those worries would be laid to rest as the Lions would score 42 unanswered first half points, rolling to a 58-7 win to stay undefeated atop the Narrows 4A standings.
“I was proud of the way that we prepared, we really came ready to play,” Larsen said. Quarterback Sefo Liufau epitomized the near perfect play, going 7-for-8 for 178 yards and three touchdowns, with slot receiver Garrett McKay on the receiving end of all three scores. The Tigers could manage only two first downs and 50 total yards in the first half, crossing midfield just once.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the defense, who gave our offense some good field position tonight,” said Larsen.
With 40-point deficits come running clocks, and such was the case at the start of the third quarter with the Lions leading 44-0 at half time. Bellarmine sophomore Nate Golterman had four carries for 49 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard scamper midway through the fourth quarter as he took advantage of the opportunity for playing time.
“I’ve been working on the scout team and getting as many reps as I possibly can get,” Golterman said. Asked what it would take to continue to see more game action, Golterman answered “as many reps as I can get and then some.”
Stadium finally dented the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Tre Scott hit Jacob Bills with a touchdown pass.
With the big win, Bellarmine started to look ahead to a matchup against Capital on Oct. 5.
“We hope to get a few players back for the game, but we will not know until later in the week,” said Larsen.
In addition to the margin of victory, the Lions also rolled up a total of 373 yards of offense, with 188 yards on the ground and 185 through the air as the Tigers had no answer for the explosive Bellarmine offense.
While Larsen did not know for sure who would be available on Oct. 5, he is well aware of what the Capital Cougars can bring to the table. “They like to pound the rock and own the clock for most of the night. It will be our job to control the line of scrimmage.”
By Steve Mullen
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