By Todd Milles The News Tribune
Lou Millie likes a batch of fried chicken after Bellarmine Prep football games. It’s a ritual.
And it sort of fits his persona — hard runner who uses his surprisingly stout frame to bang physical defenders inside.
Well, maybe his teammates will cut him some slack after rushing for a career-high 208 yards on 17 carries, and scoring three touchdowns in the third-ranked Lions’ 45-6 victory over Edmonds-Woodway at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Saturday night.
The Lions (9-1) advance out of the district playoffs and into a Class 4A state first-round matchup against Bothell next weekend in Tacoma.
And Bellarmine Prep’s running game is getting fine-tuned at the right time. It went for 326 yards Saturday night.
“It was amazing – definitely the best the offensive line has blocked the whole year,” Millie said.s
Millie’s 21-yard touchdown gave the Lions a 14-0 lead with 41/2 minutes to go in the first half. But the lead was not safe enough – Edmonds-Woodway had taken all three first-half drives into Bellarmine Prep territory, only not to score.
The Warriors went three-and-out to start the second half. Then came Millie’s season highlight on the Lions’ first play – an 84-yard touchdown scamper where he outraced the entire Edmonds-Woodway secondary.
Not bad for a guy considered more of a possession running back.
“Yeah, that bugs me,” Millie said. “So it was nice to do that, and show people I can do that.”
The definition of speed tailback, however, was on the other sideline in Desmond Young, who pounded out 152 tough yards on 24 carries, and scored on a 34-yard run at the end of the third quarter.
The Warriors just needed more big plays – and never got enough of them to keep up with Mille and company.
“It is sad we did not have Isaiah (Flynn) coming back,” Lions quarterback Sefo Liufau said. “But we have not lost a step with Lou at running back.”
At Mount Tahoma Stadium
BP—Garrett McKay 12 pass from Sefo Liufau (Matthew Philichi kick).
BP—Lou Millie 21 run (Philichi kick).
BP—Millie 84 run (Philichi kick).
BP—Millie 1 run (Philichi kick).
BP—McKay 16 interception return (Philichi kick).
EW—Desmond Young 34 run (kick failed).
BP—Jamal Ervin 67 run (Philichi kick).
BP—FG, Philichi 35.
Records—Edmonds-Woodway 6-4. Bellarmine Prep 9-1.