It's all on the line in Narrows 4A on this, the final Friday of the regular season. The Bellarmine Prep Lions travel across the Narrows Bridge to take on the Gig Harbor Tides in the South Sound Spotlight Game of the Week. The Lions 6-2 on the season (4-1 in league) have been ranked as highly as seventh in the state. They are posted as the 14th ranked team in the state at present. The Tides (7-1,5-0) are ranked just one spot ahead of Bellarmine and are at their high point of the season in state rankings.
Bellarmine Prep has been a rush first-pass second team all season. Expect more of the same at Roy Anderson Field in Gig Harbor Friday night. The Lions are paced on the ground by Nathan Goltermann. The diminutive (5'4", 122 pound) speed merchant has rushed for 825 yards on the season and boasts a per rush average of 6.5 yards. When Goltermann isn't packing the mail, look for senior quarterback Lou Millie or junior back Jamal Ervin to carry the ball for the Lions.
Though Bellarmine likes the ground attack Millie can put the ball in the air when the need arises. He has thrown for just a tick over 108 yards per game, with eight touchdown passes against just four interceptions. Millie spreads the love around when he takes to the air. Senior wideouts Garret McKay and Drew Griffin lead the Lions in receptions with 22 apiece.
When Bellarmine looks across the field they will see a team that is almost a mirror image. Gig Harbor would rather run than throw and are paced on the ground by senior running back.Sterling Brown. The 5'11", 180 pound Brown has gained 1152 yards on just 153 carries, for a per tote average of 7.5 yards. Like Bellarmine's Millie Gig Harbor's quarterback will wing the rock when need be. Senior signal caller Connor Scanlan has thrown for 1086 yards with 12 TD's and three interceptions. Scanlan's quarterback rating is 112. Backing up Scanlan is sophomore (and starter in waiting) Davis Alexander, who has three touchdown passes. Alexander has yet to throw an interception in his varsity career.
When Gig Harbor quarterbacks take to the air they like to see junior wideout Santana Johnson coming free in the opposing secondary. Johnson has 25 receptions and 475 yards on the season. He has three TD catches to his credit.
Analysis of this game indicates that it should be a barnburner for the league title. Gig Harbor is listed as a 1.5 point favorite, and Bellarmine's recent history leads us to edge that way as well. We're calling it 25-21 for the Tides. Game time is 7:00 p.m.