Offense Falters as Defense Rallies in Lions’ Loss to OaklandGalileo V 08-06 14
Oakland V 21–07 28
The Galileo Lions, graduating 20+ seniors in their 2013 championship season, will lean heavily on 3-year starter, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez to anchor the defense at middle backer. Offensively, senior QB, Phillip Tran and wide-out, Rodney Morgan look to put points on the board. The run game, on the legs of another senior, Nick Foster might take some time to develop behind a brand new offensive line-all first year starters. Sophomore DB, Donovan Hasan moved up to start at cornerback as the lone sophomore to occupy a starting spot.
BYE WEEK = APPRECIATION WEEK
Monday (9/15) — No Practice
Tuesday (9/16) — No Practice, weights & film open (home soccer game)
Galileo’s outlook for the 2014 football season won’t be determined by their efforts at San Rafael High tonight for their scrimmages (FS 5pm, V 7pm) but health will. With an under-25 man roster, the varsity Lions can not afford to lose a single player for any duration of the season. Likewise, despite a current 40-man roster, the frosh-soph team’s lack of experience after the first team will plummet all-around performance significantly. Fortunately for the young Lions, once the frosh learn their fundamentals, they will be a force to come up against. Vice versa, the varsity can only slow the bleeding but not stop it as their roster only allows a 2-deep rotation as compared to last season’s 40-plus roster boasting a 4-deep rotation. As of today, depth will be an issue for both Galileo squads but what we have learned in the past is that Lions often play with bigger hearts.
In the Purple vs Orange Spring Game, senior defensive tackle, Matt Fronda, despite not playing in a game since his freshman season, showed his dominance on defense for the Orange-Fronda played the roll of the “Terminator” with a habit of being around the ball to make tackle after tackle. Fronda capped off a career day with an unlikely INT which doesn’t happen every day for DT’s. The Orange also included Galileo’s #1 defensive player in third year starter at middle linebacker, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez. This time around, JHV’s offensive play was slightly more impressive because he was never called upon to play the “O” in the last 2 seasons due to another fella named Fox.