Quarterback Sefo Liufau wasn’t fazed by the call. Running back Joe Lovejoy said he kind of expected to go for the two-point conversion.
After second-ranked Bellarmine Prep scored a touchdown to pull within one point of No. 6 Olympia in the final minutes of the Narrows League 4A showdown, the Lions went for the victory.
“I wasn’t surprised we went for two,” Lovejoy said. “Our coaches wanted this win just as much as we did.”
Liufau connected with tight end Logan Hickman in the end zone on the two-point conversion, lifting the Lions to a 15-14 win Friday night at Memorial Field and their first league title since 2002.
“It’s a great feeling, I don’t think it’s hit me yet,” said Liufau. “I just want to get in the locker room and enjoy it with my brothers, my family.”
Olympia led 14-7 when kicker Brian Carpenter lined up to attempt a 31-yard field goal with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the game. But instead of taking a two-possession lead, the kick was blocked and Bellarmine Prep (6-0 league, 8-0 overall) was given new life.
“It’s 14-7, if we hit that field goal we win the football game,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said. “(Bellarmine Prep) came up with the big plays.”
Starting on its own 14, Liufau fired a 16-yard strike on first down and followed with a 38-yard bomb to receiver Michael Rector on the next play. Three plays later he scrambled 13 yards to Olympia’s 5-yard line. Lovejoy powered into the end zone for a touchdown one play later, setting up the go-ahead two-point conversion.
The Bears (5-1, 7-1) got the ball back with 2:07 to play, but Jacob Salazar intercepted quarterback Trevor Houser’s pass at midfield. Olympia never threatened to score again.
A gash on Lovejoy’s left index finger forced him to leave the field for a couple series in the first quarter so a team doctor could examine him. Lovejoy, who rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries, said he planned to get stitches late Friday night.
Olympia’s Spenser Killman, a first-team all-league running back last fall, sat out most of the first half due to a “coach’s decision,” Beattie said. Killman finished with 98 yards on 23 carries. His 11-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Olympia a 14-7 lead.
The first of Bellarmine Prep’s two first-half fumbles set up Olympia’s first touchdown. Houser kept the drive alive when he scrambled for an 18-yard gain after the shotgun snap sailed past him. Two plays later, he connected with Tanner Hartsoch for a 6-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter.
Carpenter knuckled the extra-point over the crossbar, but the officials ruled it no good. A video replay of the kick in the pressbox confirmed the kick was good, as Beattie suspected.
“I thought we made it,” Beattie said. “I asked them why they didn’t ask someone for some help. They said it was up to those two officials.”
Olympia out-gained Bellarmine Prep in total offense, 302-261. Liufau completed 7 of 16 passes for 89 yards.