Skyline opponent Ferris stays perfect with 14-10 victory over Bellarmine Prep

November 30, 2010

By Sandy Ringer

NEW — 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30, 2010

Jim Sharkey has a saying: “You can’t worry about what you can’t control.”

So the Ferris High School football coach won’t let his players dwell on the fact that they have just four days of preparation before facing top-ranked Skyline in the Class 4A state championship game Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Tacoma Dome. And a good chunk of one day will be spent driving back to Tacoma from Spokane.

“There’s no excuses,” Sharkey said after his third-ranked Saxons rallied for a 14-10 semifinal victory against Bellarmine Prep Monday at the Dome. “We’ve played 14 straight weeks now, so we’ll line up and do it.”

It will be a rematch of last year’s championship game, which Skyline won, 45-21. The third-ranked Saxons (13-0) also lost to Skyline in the 2008 semifinals, 24-21. Defensive back Cody Sorenson, one of Ferris’ seven returning starters on defense, is happy to have one final shot.

“They’re a great physical team,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough one, but it’s the championship. Anyone can win, so we’re really excited to play them again.”

The semifinal game, originally scheduled for last Saturday in Spokane, was postponed and moved here because of unplayable field conditions.

“We were really ready for a snow game, but then it all gets turned upside down,” Sharkey said, “but I thought our kids really handled it well.”

Yet it took a while for the Saxons to get untracked. Bellarmine Prep (11-2) took the opening kickoff and marched 82 yards for what turned out to be its only touchdown, a 25-yard pass from Sefo Liufau to Michael Rector. Ferris then fumbled on its first offensive play, leading to a 22-yard field goal by Ryan Lester as they fell into a 10-0 hole with 4:39 to play in the first quarter.

Ferris flexed its defensive muscle from there, twice turning the Lions away empty-handed after they drove inside the 20 — once on a missed field goals and again on a fourth-down incompletion with 2:24 to play.

The Saxons benefited from a 4-yard punt that gave them the ball at Bellarmine 28. Kole Heidinger scored on a 2-yard run with 1:14 left in the half. They got the winning score on a 2-yard run by Drew Sharkey, the coaches’ son, with 3:19 left in the third quarter.

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