2016 Game 2: HERCULES

Galileo Shut Out at Home

Galileo V 00–00 00
Her­cules V 26–07 33

img_5773 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
San Lorenzo 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.