To get to Bellarmine Prep High School the Peninsula Seahawks had to cross the Narrows Bridge. There they paid a $4.00 toll. Little did they know that the fourth ranked 4A Lions of Bellarmine were going to exact a toll as well. In an entertaining, albeit a bit sloppy, outing the Lions knocked off the Seahawks 26-14 at Bellarmine Memorial Field Friday night in the lid lifter for both teams. After spotting Peninsula a 7-0 lead, Bellarmine outscored the visitors from West Gig Harbor 26-0 before Peninsula scored a very late touchdown to make the margin closer.
Last year the Lions relied on a high flying offense led by Sefo Liufau who toils now for the University of Colorado. This year the effort was more methodical but no less effective in gaining the "W." Quarterback Lou Millie was 13/18 for 208 yards and two touchdowns, the most impressive a 79 yard rainbow that Garrett McKay caught in stride and outraced the Peninsula defense to the end zone.
The Lions rushing attack contributed just enough, tallying 90 yards on the ground. Nathan Goltermann, at 5'4" and 122 pounds surely the smallest lead running back in Class 4A, managed 66 yards in 18 carries. Included was a dazzling 18 yard dart through Peninsula's weary defense that closed out the scoring for the Lions in the final quarter.
The Seahawks (ranked 8th in Class 3A) put up a game effort. Held to 44 yards rushing in the first half Peninsula's ground attack was spearheaded by senior Avega Siolo who managed 65 yards total but needed 20 carries to get there. The Seahawks are also replacing a departed quarterback and went with two signal callers Friday night. Robert Kvinsland started and was 6/15 for 108 yards with one touchdown and one pick. Aaron Kilcup played much of the second half and was 4/7 for 36 yards.
Peninsula retreats back across the bridge to play at cross town rival Gig Harbor in Game two of the Hawks' three game season opening road trip. Bellarmine Prep visits Lakes High next Friday in what will be another spotlight game in the South Sound.