2016 Game 2: HERCULES

Galileo Shut Out at Home

Galileo V 00-00 00
Hercules V 26-07 33

Galileo tackling miscues allowed Hercules to score two touchdowns and two huge coverage mistakes gave up another 12 points to put the Lions in a 26-0 halftime deficit. The lackluster opening half reviewed an inexperienced team that could not muster any energy to neutralize the Titans’ level of dominance nor was there any shifting of momentum. The lack of experience is not more evident than the waning seconds of the first half when Hercules struck with a 61-yard touchdown pass because Galileo’s defense allowed a receiver to get pass coverage that was just simply, not deep enough despite an obvious “prevent coverage” down.

The second half started with more disaster but ended the game in a manner worthy of note. After a quick giveaway when backup QB, Demaje Ardis lofted a pick-6, the Lions put on their game face to keep Hercules from scoring any more points.

Galileo, after scoring 20 points in the season opener against San Lorenzo, moved the ball well and had one redzone appearance but that quickly fizzled when Hercules intercepted Adrian Poot’s pass intended for Jackie Guo in the endzone.

Frosh Soph Rallies to Blow Out Hercules

Galileo JV 18-14 32
Hercules JV 12-06 18

Against a bigger Hercules team, Galileo took advantage of early miscues by the Titans to post an early 18-0 lead before giving up two easy passing scores due to cornerback negligence. The first score was a Titan’s pass that found a receiver wide open up the right sideline when the corner bit on the run fake. The second was just a matter of height as the taller Hercules receiver completed a 75-yard catch and run with less than a minute left in the first half. At the half, gone was the momentum swinging play of sophomore defensive end, Leo Dujardin, who had a sack and batted a pass; squandered was the amazing scoring spree by frosh running back and outside linebacker, Yarvell Smith, with a 9-yard TD run and a scoop and score; and forgotten was the 3-yard TD pass from quarterback, Ronald Fox to fellow sophomore running back, Antonio McBride. Instead, the young Lions received a not-so-polite halftime lecture from Coach Blacksher Jr.

Heeding the call, Galileo rallied quickly to put the game away with an opening drive in the second half resulting in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fox to sophomore receiver, Zayru Hayes. And Lions put the game away when Smith picked off a bubble screen pass for a 29-yard score.