After Friday’s 30-6 non-league road win over Lakes at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood, Bellarmine Prep coach Brian Jensen had a big smile on his face. It was the smile of a coach that knows the future – and the present – are bright for his football program.
Sophomore quarterback Marcus Stowers rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and sophomore running back Darion Summers chipped in 129 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries to help the Lions improve to 2-0.
Stowers started the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and all but put the game away with a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
“Marcus is a great person, a great athlete, but he’s a better person,” Jensen said. “We got him involved in the running game a little bit this week, by design. He needs to get touches too. The running backs did a great job. Up front, our bigs were wonderful tonight. Lakes has a real tough defensive front, so we’re really proud of them.
The Lions had four players combine to rush for 333 yards. That kind of balance is exactly what Jensen would like to keep seeing.
“That was a goal of ours,” Jensen said. “We’ve got some guys who can contribute, and are very selfless. … The more balance you have, the fresher you are and that’s what you need to do.”
Stowers broke most of the big plays, but the 5-foot-5, 160-pound Summers was the workhorse.
“He’s a tough young man,” Jensen said. “Don’t let his size fool you. He plays hard and he runs hard. He’s got a real good skill-set. It’s nice when we get him some touches too.”
The Lions led 7-0 after the first quarter, but pushed it to 23-0 at the half thanks to two turnovers by the Lancers in the second quarter.
Lakes (1-1) finally got on the scoreboard in the third when junior quarterback Liam Bladow connected with senior wide receiver Cody Roe for an 80-yard touchdown pass, but the excitement was short lived. Stowers answered right back for Bellarmine on the Lions’ next offensive play, breaking a 70-yard touchdown run.
“It was a big play,” Stowers said. “It set the momentum from there, and then our team just kept building (on it).”
Roe was the bright spot for the Lancers, finishing the game with 142 yard receiving on six catches, including his 80-yard touchdown reception.
“When we got rid of the ball on time and found Cody a few times, it was good,” Lakes coach Dave Miller said. “We were just very inconsistent. Credit to Bellarmine, they played really well and they brought the right mentality tonight. We had some of our kids that came with the right mentality, but we have some of our kids that are still learning what Lakes football is all about.”
The Lions’ defense, which allowed just 51 rushing yards, was also a key to victory.
“Coach (Dan) Shaw and his defensive staff did an unbelievable job,” Jensen said. “That’s a scary offense and Coach Miller does a good job with those guys. We really were sound for the most part and rallied to the football, so I’m super-proud of Coach Shaw and all the defensive guys.”