OLYMPIA – Olympia High’s defense did its job, but the Bears season-long issue generating offense continued Friday night.
The Bears were shut out for the third time this season and lost, 21-0, to Bellarmine Prep, allowing the Lions to capture the Narrows League 4A title for the second consecutive year.
Olympia (3-5 overall, 3-2 in league) was able to hold Bellarmine well under its 42 points per game average through a solid defensive showing, but could not find the end zone at Ingersoll Stadium.
“Defensively, we played fantastic tonight,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said. “I can’t say enough about how we’ve played defensively. Offensively, we just can’t seem to find it.
“We got one more week to try and figure it out though and make a playoff push. Give credit to Bellarmine. They’re a great football team.”
Bellarmine quarterback Sefo Liufau, who had a tough night passing, ran for a touchdown and Lou Millie added a pair of touchdowns.
Liufau, who has already verbally committed to the University of Colorado threw for 69 yards on 5-of-14 accuracy as a steady rain slowed the Lions’ usual potent air attack.
“It’s not just me,” Liufau said. “It’s the entire team. It’s every one of us working six days a week to get to this point. It feels incredible.”
Bellarmine (7-1, 5-0) scored twice in the second quarter, the first on a 3-yard run by Liufau, to take a 14-0 halftime lead.
Mitch Fettig’s 30-yard punt return late in the second quarter placed the Bears at the Bellarmine 20, giving Olympia its best field position of the game and a shot at trimming the deficit in half at the intermission.
The drive never got into gear, however, as Michael Naipo lost the ball on first down. The Bears recovered, albeit 12 yards behind the original line of scrimmage.
A no-gain run on second down was followed by two incomplete passes, keeping it a two-score game.
Defensively, Olympia got to Liufau twice, getting sacks from Joey Knight and J.J. Schinke.
Liufau had just five pass attempts in the second half – all incomplete – and was noticeably limping late in the game. After the game, he said he was OK.
At Yelm 17, Gig Harbor 12: After being held out of the end zone in the first half, the Tornados punched in a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third quarter – with Jacob Swilley’s 15-yard score with two minutes to go proving to be the game-winner as Yelm won a Narrows 4A game at home.
Shelton 55, at Mount Tahoma 7: The Highclimbers rushed for 281 yards – getting 218 from Ralph Kinne as the senior standout posted his seventh game of 200 or more rushing yards in a Narrows 3A triumph at Mount Tahoma Stadium.
With North Thurston losing to Timberline, if Shelton defeats the Blazers next week to close the regular season, there could be a three-way tie for the league championship.
Four of Shelton’s first six touchdown came on Kinne runs (1, 6, 50, 1).
At Hoquiam 42, Tenino 3: The Beavers’ passing attack never got untracked – and Hoquiam tailback Nolan Hoiness did with four touchdown runs – as the fifth-ranked Grizzlies won a Southwest 1A Evergreen Division game.
At Black Hills 49, Centralia 17: The Wolves ran past the winless Tigers (0-8) to improve to 4-4 overall while recording their first win in the EvCo this season (1-3).
The Wolves scored three defensive touchdowns in earning their first 2A EvCo victory of the season. Kyle Dunn’s fumble recovery for a 10-yard touchdown extended the Wolves’ lead to 42-17 with 8:12 left in the game.
North Thurston wins Narrows 3A championship: Arielle Howell won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, leading North Thurston to an easy victory at the Narrows League meet at Mount Tahoma High School.
Howell’s times were 26.47 seconds in the 50 free, and 58.02 in the 100 free. The freshman also anchored the Rams’ 200 freestyle relay team that won the league crown (1:49.95).
The Rams scored 347 points, well ahead of runner-up Shelton (190).
In 4A, Olympia (288 points) finished second behind dual-meet champion Gig Harbor (410).