Even in the last week of the season, the Varsity Lions continued to struggle with off-the-field issues. Continuing the trend of injuries and/or suspensions, three starters were suspended for this game. The good news was the return of senior lineman, Jason Yu who had a knee issue all season but persevered to get healthy enough to play this one game in his final season.
Galileo V 08-06 14
Lincoln V 30-14 44
Lincoln struck first to go up 6-0 but Demaje Ardis found Donovan Hasson on a long dart to tie things up. Ethan Nelson’s speed option pitch to Markell Vilce put the Lions up 8-6 but the early success was short-lived as the Mustangs struck with a potent offense behind the scrambling of their quarterback and the fleet feet of the AAA Back of the Year along with a new wrinkle, a speedy and tall wideout who scored right before the half on a quick screen to stun the Lions with a 30-14 score.
The second half featured zero points for the Lions but it did show a glimpse of the future as the offensive line slowly matured within the game and Ardis kept connecting with Hasson through the air. Vilce showed that he can indeed run the ball for the Lions next season. Most telling was the growth of sophomore linebacker, Johan Lacayo, who perhaps made the hit of the year for Galileo-he showed perfect pursuit, a perfect angle, and a perfect form-tackle and all that like a “Mack-Truck” as they use to say in Coach Mark’s days.
The Varsity finished with a 1-9 record, the worse in Coach Mark’s 7-year tenure. The good news? Losing only 8 seniors to graduation, Galileo looks like contenders next season.
YOUNG LIONS LOSE NAILBITER BUT STILL CHAMPS
Galileo FS 14-06 20
Lincoln FS 00-21 21
In a bid for a perfect season, the Young Lions came up short despite stopping the Mustangs with a first and goal at the Lion’s 5-yardline with 4 minutes left. Galileo would go 3-and-out, giving Lincoln the ball back at the Lion’s 30-yardline. With 25 seconds left, Lincoln’s quarterback eludes a tackler for an 18-yard touchdown run. Lincoln would convert on a crucial PAT kick to take a 21-20 lead. The Lions final 3 plays didn’t have a chance as the perfect season slipped away.
Securing an at-worse 3-way tie (Mission & Lincoln) for the championship 2 games ago, the Young Lions had the perfect season in mind and played a little tight throughout, that and playing on real grass didn’t help. Adrian Poot continued to connect with receivers, Jackie Guo and Aaron Tsai. The defense was it’s dominant self with Jet li starring with a wrap and strip in Galileo’s redzone to keep the Mustangs out. Running back, Tyreke Watts had a difficult day against the Mustang’s front but eventually found the endzone before the half ended.
In the end, Galileo’s turnover and busted assignments allowed Lincoln to hang around and eventually knock out the Lions in a well-played game by both squads. With the loss, Galileo allowed both Mission and Lincoln to claim a part of this season’s championship as all three teams beat each other and finished with a 5-1 league record. Nothing to be ashamed of for the Young Lions as they finished the season 9-1 overall and a marvelous 18-2 in the past two seasons, yielding 2 city championships. Congrats boys and coaches!
FS photos by Jennifer Huynh, Varsity photos by Maturo Sagate & Donald McFarland