Having run the table to repeat as Narrows League champions, Bellarmine Prep struggled early in their first playoff matchup against Edmonds-Woodway on Nov. 3, leading just 14-0 at the half. “We told them to just play your game and we’ll be okay,” said Lions head coach Tom Larsen. The message was received, as the Lions exploded for 31 second-half points and the defense clamped down on Edmonds-Woodway star tailback Desmond Young for a resounding 45-6 win at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the 2012 4A West Central District playoffs. “We had to change our intensity level at halftime, and the kids responded really well in the second half for a fantastic win to wrap up a great week of preparation,” said Larsen. Starting at their own 32-yard line to open the contest, the Lions marched to the Warriors’ 15 before Lou Millie fumbled away their first opportunity. But the Bellarmine offensive line established early dominance on that drive that would last the whole game long.
“We did a good job of studying their tendencies on film and just took it to them all game long,” said lineman McCartney McQuery. “We did not see anything that we could not handle.” The Lions would finally get on the scoreboard as quarterback Sefo Liufau engineered an eight-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a 12-yard strike to Garrett McKay early in the second quarter. The focus all game long for the Lions’ defense was Young, who supplied most of the Warriors’ offense in the first half with 88 yards on the ground, but could not find the end zone. Bellarmine added to their lead when Liufau engineered another 80-yard drive, with Millie scoring from 21 yards out with 4:26 to go in the half for a 14-0 lead. The second half was all Lions, as they scored on their first two possessions and Garrett McKay added to the Warriors’ misery by picking off a pass and returning it 16 yards for a score to make it 35-0.
Millie led the Lions’ offense with 17 carries for 208 yards, while Bellarmine would tally 469 total yards on the night. While Young was a thorn in the side of the Lion defense with 120 yards, nobody else stepped up for Edmonds-Woodway to present any more problems for the Bellarmine defense. “I can’t say enough about our second-half performance, and now we prepare for a really good Bothell team here next Saturday,” said Larsen. The Lions take on Bothell on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
By Steve Mullen