By Tyler Hemstreet
Even in a game where the Bellarmine Lions piled up 35 points
in the first quarter and had 56 points by halftime, quarterback Sefo Liufau was
still concerned about some of the small mistakes.
Such is the life of a team with state championship
The fourth-ranked Lions showcased their offensive firepower
and sent a message to the rest of the field on Friday night at home, scoring on
each of their eight first-half possessions en route to throttling Stadium,
63-0, in the Narrows League opener for both teams.
“We came out with our game plan and executed it almost to
perfection,” Liufau said. “(There were) still lapses and miscues that we had.
We’ll fix them and come back next week against Mount Tahoma.”
The miscues were likely evident to only those on the field.
It took Bellarmine just four plays to score on its opening drive. Liufau hit
Isaiah Flynn on a halfback screen, and Flynn took it in from 21 yards out.
After a Stadium fumble gave Bellarmine (3-0, 1-0 Narrows)
the ball back on its own 37-yard line, two plays later Liufau tossed an 11-yard
touchdown pass to Zachary Fuller.
Things didn’t get any better for the Tigers (2-1, 0-1
Narrows), as they fumbled the center to quarterback exchange on the ensuing
possession and the Lions dove on it at midfield. Three plays later Flynn took
it in from three yards out.
Linebacker Drew Griffin picked off Stadium quarterback Tyler
Stumph to end the Tigers next drive, and the Bellarmine offense marched 56
yards in two plays, as Liufau hit Calvin Chandler with a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Chandler burned the Tiger defense again three minutes later,
this time on an 88-yard touchdown reception when Liufau hit him perfectly in
stride. When the dust finally settled, Bellarmine led 35-0 after the first
“The execution was pretty amazing,” said Bellarmine coach
Tom Larsen, who was recently named the Seattle Seahawks’ High School Coach of
the Week. “They had a little disappointment with the second half last week. A
little challenge was put on them to make sure they would come out strong and
finish strong, and take care of one play at a time. I think they answered that
Flynn added touchdown runs of 4, 11 and 4 yards in the
second quarter to push the halftime lead to 56-0. The junior halfback tallied
172 rushing yards on 15 carries in the first half alone.
“We have obviously incredible talent, but we’re piecing
together an offensive line,” Larsen said. “That group up front, and I think
Isaiah would tell you, they were just doing it.”
Liufau completed 8 of 10 passes for 234 yards and four
touchdowns in the first half. He added another 18-yard strike to Michael Rector
in the third quarter before sitting out the fourth. Chandler had three catches
for 177 yards.
“This is how we’re supposed to play,” Liufau said. “It could
be better. I expect better from our team. I have high expectations for us and
myself, so we still have work to do. There is a lot of season left.”