The Peninsula Seahawks struck first, but it was the Lions who owned the night at Friday night’s season opener at Bellarmine’s Memorial Field, winning 26-14.
The Seahawks got off to a hot start when quarterback Robert Kvinsland connected with Marque Kriebel for a deep pass, giving the Seahawks a 7-0 lead. The Seahawks defense kept the Lions out of the endzone in the first quarter, but couldn’t contain them for long. Bellarmine quarterback Lou Millie connected with Garrett McKay for a 79 yard touchdown, and later connected with standout senior Drew Griffin for a 25 yard pass, giving the Lions a 14-7 lead going into the half.
Bellarmine head coach Tom Larsen was impressed with his new quarterback’s first showing. Millie had big shoes to fill, after replacing last year’s quarterback Sefo Liufau, now at Colorado University.
“He has the ability to throw the ball well,” Larsen said. “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.”
Larsen praised Bellarmine’s receivers as well.
If the Seahawks were hoping to turn a corner in the second half, it didn’t happen Friday night. An early third quarter safety made it 16-7. Bellarmine carried the momentum scored again, making it 23-7. An early fourth quarter field goal more or less sealed it for the Lions, giving them a comfortable 26-7 lead with little time to play. Kvinsland connected with Ian Hodge for a 24 yard touchdown, but it was too late.
Peninsula head coach Ross Filkins was upset with the mental errors that he said cost his team the game.
“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.”
Filkins said he was proud of his defense for playing tough against Bellarmine, despite giving up a couple big plays over the top.