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.

The Pur­ple received a pleas­ant sur­prise from senior tightend/defensive end, Justin Man­alang who turned out to be the “equal­izer”. Like Fronda, Man­alang who was injured all of last sea­son, is also look­ing to leave a mark in a final cam­paign. Man­alang hauled in a touch­down catch&run and more impres­sively, snagged a pick-6 INT. “I wasn’t sur­prised about Justin’s good read and the pick but with 50 yards to run, I thought he’d be caught from behind,” coach Mark. Need­less to say, Manalang’s 2-way per­for­mance earned him the Player of the Game honor.

Down 22–12 with 6 min­utes remain­ing, Phillip Tran threw a dart to Gary Zhou to pull the Orange closer. Then a trick-play gone silly left Nick Foster’s half-back pass on the grass with a 22–18 score. The Orange defense held firm to regain the ball but noth­ing –doing as Vic­tor Ortiz sacked Tran on first down. JHV’s half­back pass turned into an incom­plete jump­shot. Tran would con­nect with JHV for 10 yards on third down before JHV’s sec­ond attempt at the half­back pass rou­tine turned out as futile as the first. The Pur­ple took a knee to make it a 4–0-1 record in their favor span­ning a 5-year tilt.

Man of the Game — Justin Man­alang
Defen­sive Dom­i­nance — Matt Fronda
Offense is My Mid­dle Name — Phillip Tran
The Pride of Pur­ple — Alvin Li
The Pride of Orange — Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez
Coaches Award — Demaje Ardis
The Golden Play of the Game — Justin Pick 6
The Bronze Play of the Game — Fronda’s Pick
The Sil­ver Play of the Game — Alvin’s TD catch
And the Oscar goes to… — Ethan run­ning coach Mark over and tear­ing his left flipflop while he was help­ing Chaps off the field due to an injury.