Isaiah Flynn, the returning starting tailback at Bellarmine Prep, has decided not to turn out for his senior football season, coach Tom Larsen confirmed Friday.
Flynn told coaches he wants to concentrate on basketball — the Lions are on the short list of state championship contenders in the upcoming season. He is a starting guard on the squad.
When he was healthy, Flynn was a workhorse-type tailback for the Lions, who advanced to the Class 4A semifinals in 2010, losing to Ferris of Spokane, and reached the quarterfinals last season, losing to Skyview of Vancouver.
He averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game last season, but missed four games with a knee strain. Still, he garnered all-Narrows 4A League honors, and was a News Tribune All-Area honorable mention selection.
But Flynn went to Larsen on Monday to tell him he was giving up football. He told his teammates of his decision two days later.
The Lions will have two weeks to find the answer to their backfield void. They play Peninsula on the road Aug. 31.