Galileo’s 2017 Spring Ball season is currently in session. With major offensive weapons returning from a high scoring 2016 season, the Lions are ready to light up the scoreboard at the spring game. Returning QB, Adrian Poot will be a force with his ability to spread the ball around. The 2016 AAA Running Back of the Year, Yarvell Smith will look to show the world what he can do as a sophomore next season but until then he is going to be a huge problem for Galileo’s defense in the spring game. Smith, a more than capable linebacker, will also get on the other side of the ball more this upcoming season. Other key offensive weapons to lookout for are sure-handed wideouts Jackie Guo and Erasmo Rivas. The biggest unknown for Galileo will be how it’s offensive line will respond from losing three seniors: it’s line is hinging on three rookie big boys; Thomas Santos, Eric Larreynaga, and Max Miles. Defensively, with the departure of all-city players; Connor Chavela (MLB), Demaje Ardis (OLB), and Miles Mainini (DE), the Lions will feature upcoming juniors, Ronald Fox (FS), Antonio McBride (MLB), and Johan Lacayo (DE/LB).
The Future Shines in Lions End-of-Season Playoff Loss
Galileo V 06–19 25
Mission V 22–27 49
A Galileo fumble by freshman running back, Yarvell Smith on the opening kickoff allowed Mission to take a 6–0 lead in the first minute of the 2016 playoff game at Kezar. The Lions mounted an answer but an illegal formation flag nullified a touchdown pass from Adrian Poot to Jackie Guo. The Bears would add another touchdown before Smith scored from 24-yards out to put the Lions on the board. Galileo’s playoff inexperience was notable in the opening half as Mission reclaimed momentum with another score right before halftime to take a 22–6 lead and all the air out of the Lions’ sails.
Big Plays Highlight Prequel to Playoff Showdown
Galileo V 28–08 36
Mission V 26–16 42
Coming into their last regular season game, the Galileo Lions knew that a win against the #1 seed Mission Bears would guarantee a playoff spot. If that fails, there is a less heroic route to the playoffs that culminates with a Burton loss at Lincoln the #2 seed-this was almost a guarantee and it became a reality when Lincoln dominated a decimated Burton roster to win 42–6. However, Galileo was playing Mission at the same time and would not know Burton’s demise until after their game. In other words, the Lions came out swinging and slinging as if their lives depended on it. In the end, this highlight reel game for both teams that turned into a narrow escape by the Bears, didn’t matter. After Mission picked off a Galileo pass at Mission’s own 5-yard line with 30 seconds left in the game, the Lions were decimated but it was a quick 180 when the Lions received news of the Burton loss-they hurried off the field knowing that they will have another shot at the Bears in the playoffs.
Lions Come Up Short in First League Game at Home
Galileo V 13–00 13
Balboa V 06–14 20
In a game with playoff implications, Galileo was the one left out of the dance as Balboa took the lead for good after a 1-yard plunge with 25 seconds remaining in the game. With it’s back against the ropes the entire game, the Lions’ defense held fast with 2 forced fumbles, 1 at their 5 yardline prior to the Bucs’ winning drive, and a key tackle by cornerback, Donovan Hasson, to keep the Bucs’ a yard away from 6 points. Hasson also picked off a pass in the game.
Galileo Offense Falters with Chance to Win
Galileo V 08–10 18
Lincoln V 14–21 21
Galileo failed to convert on it’s first two redzone possessions to leave the door open for the Mustangs to strike first. The Lions also failed to convert in it’s last redzone possession to allow Lincoln to escape with a 21–18 victory. The loss drops Galileo to 2–2 in league.
RB Duo, Lewis & Smith Run Over Pumas as Defense Dominates
Galileo V 18–08 26
Burton V 00–14 14
The Dynamic Duo of running backs, Antonio Lewis and Yarvell Smith, continued to amaze as Galileo improved to 2–1 in league play. The junior, Lewis, known for his blazing track speed and not his power, showed both when he accidentally snatched the shotgun snap while in motion going to his left then cut to go north and somehow stay upright after he got sandwiched by two Burton defenders before sprinting 71 yards for a score. Frosh sensation, Smith added a 37-yard touchdown run to his resume. More impressively, Smith put the game away by opening the second half with a 79-yard kick-off return TD aided by Jet Li with a huge block.
Lions Run Past Cardinals Under Friday Night Lights
Galileo V 22–20 42
Lowell V 08–00 08
Galileo runs away from Lowell after slow start at Kezar Stadium…more to come.
Big Win Turns Out to Be Worse Game Ever as Lions Forfeit
Galileo V 43–06 49 (F)
Washington V 00–00 00
Galileo’s dominating victory at Washington quickly turned into a nightmare as two players were ejected (video below) early in the second quarter with the game already in hand. Free safety, Marvell Despanie was ejected for “throwing a punch” after an Eagle’s player had dragged him to the ground. Shortly after, defensive end, Yousef Saber reacted irrationally at the conclusion of a play when an Eagle’s lineman blocked him in the back. Saber spun around and approach the lineman and swung at him with an open hand right into the facemask. Fellow senior teammate, Connor Chavela attempted to bump Saber off his path but it was not enough as Saber’s hand met the intended target. After a few days of checking video supplied by Galileo head coach, Mark Huynh, the league commissioner, Don Collins sent notices that dished out the maximum 2-game punishment for “fighting”. With 6 games in league play, both players will miss close to half of the league season; a combined total of 2 games and nearly 3 quarters due to the early ejection. Furthermore, during the investigation period, Galileo was found to have mis-handled their eligibility paperwork-because everyone who played were not all on the submitted eligibility list prior to the season, Galileo will forfeit all wins. The only solace here is that this only puts the Lions at 0–1 instead of finding out at the end of the season and potentially becoming 0–6.
2 Late Lions’ Penalties Cost Game
Galileo V 08–06 14
Piner V 03–14 17
Two late defensive penalties on Galileo, allowed host, Piner to escape with a 17–14 victory. The Prospectors received a facemask penalty to keep their drive alive with under 2 minutes remaining in the game. Then on fourth down, a passing interference call in the endzone put the Propectors in the redzone. The valiant effort by the Lions turned bitter when on yet again another fourth down, Piner’s quarterback scrambled to the right for a 5-yard touchdown and the lead with 28 seconds on the clock. After the kick off, Galileo, starting on their 20, moved the ball past the 50 but ran out of time in the stunning loss. Galileo falls to 1–2 heading into league play and Piner is 1–2, winning their first game of the season.
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.