Bellarmine Prep’s second 4A Narrows League game was like its first only in the final outcome: a victory.
After breezing past Stadium in its opener, Bellarmine (4-1, 2-0 4A Narrows) needed to come from behind to beat Timberline, 29-22, on Friday night at South Sound Stadium.
Nathan Gottermann-Doyle broke what was a 22-22 tie with 7:58 to play when he took a handoff, headed up the middle of the field, and bounced off a series of Blazers to score on a 37-yard touchdown run. After forcing a three-and-out on the next Timberline possession, Bellarmine ground five minutes off the clock on its next drive before punting and pinning the Blazers back on the 11-yard line.
Timberline’s last threat ended when Blake Wilcoxen intercepted a Gabe Gutierrez pass with 13 seconds to play.
Bellarmine kicked off but still managed to score on the first possession of the game when Lee Tyler picked off a Gutierrez pass and ran it back 43 yards for a touchdown.
The Blazers (2-3, 1-2) led 8-7 on fullback Ryan Birbeck’s 1-yard touchdown run and a two-point pass from Gutierrez to Jarryn Bush. The Lions answered early in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Gottermann-Doyle, who rushed for exactly 100 yards on 17 carries.
Gutierrez’s 53-yard scoring sprint and an 11-yard TD run by Sava’auli Ma’ae gave Timberline a 22-14 halftime lead.
The Lions tied it at 22 with the help of a Timberline penalty on the extra-point try after Will Roberson’s 12-yard pass to Zachary Golob pulled Bellarmine to within two. The Lions lined up as if to attempt a kick, but after Timberline was flagged for a penalty and the ball was moved closer to the goal line, Bellarmine switched up and scored a two-pointer on a run by Gottermann-Doyle.