In his first start at quarterback for Bellarmine Prep, Lou Millie did a fairly good impression of last year’s starter and all-area player of the year, Sefo Liufau.
Millie threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns to help the Lions defeat Peninsula, 26-14,Friday night at Memorial Field.
Bellarmine head coach Tom Larsen was impressed with his new quarterback’s first game. Millie, who completed 15 of 23 passes, had big shoes to fill, considering Liufau, now at Colorado University, was a three-year starter.
“He has the ability to throw the ball well,” Larsen said of Millie. “I wish we would have given him more time, though. That’s a good team we faced. We’re excited for where he is, and even more excited for his potential.”
The Seahawks scored first when quarterback Robert Kvinsland connected with Marque Kriebel on a 74-yard touchdown pass.
Although Bellarmine did not score in the first quarter, that changed in the second.
Millie connected with Garrett McKay for a 80-yard touchdown, and later connected with Drew Griffin for a 24-yard score to give the Lions a 14-7 lead going into the half. McKay finished with five receptions for 113 yards.
From there it was all Bellarmine.
A safety, a 16-yard TD run by Nate Goltermann and a 40-yard field goal by Matt Philichi made it 26-7.
Kvinsland connected with Ian Hodge for a 24-yard TD for the final score.
Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said mental errors cost his team.
“We found every way to beat ourselves tonight,” Filkins said. “All our mistakes were mental errors—everything. It was just a lack of focus. They’re all correctable.”