2016 Game 4: WASHINGTON

Big Win Turns Out to Be Worse Game Ever as Lions Forfeit

Galileo V 43–06 49 (F)
Wash­ing­ton V 00–00 00

img_6292-copy 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.

Is there a sil­ver lin­ing some­where in this story? If there is, the Lions won’t know it until the end of the sea­son. As for now, it’s a hard les­son of how cold the world can be when mis­takes are made.

And now, here’s a few high­lights from the for­feited game…

Junior quar­ter­back, Adrian Poot threw 3 touch­down passes to 3 dif­fer­ent receivers; Dono­van Has­son, Jackie Guo, and Erasmo Rivas. Fresh­man run­ning back, Yarvell Smith scored his first rush­ing TD and had some icing on the cake when he took home a punt return for another score. Not to be out­done, junior run­ning back, Anto­nio Lewis ran like a bull to the end­zone leav­ing a few Eagles on the ground. Spe­cial team­sters, Demaje Ardis (holder) and Erik Arias (kicker) had a per­fect PAT day except for a botch snap that Ardis turned into a 2-point run. Defen­sively, the Lions broke the calm of the beau­ti­ful day at the Eagles’ sta­dium with some heavy hit­ting. Line­back­ers, Con­nor Chavela and Main­ini led the charge in this shutout.

Fox Leads High­light Reel Game for Young Lions

Galileo FS 36–18 54
Wash­ing­ton FS 00–06 06

Sopho­more quar­ter­back and free safety, Ronald Fox shred­ded the Eagles as Galileo routed the vis­i­tors. Fox’s high­light reel included; started the game with a text-book solo tackle for a loss that had both of the runner’s feet off the ground-he would con­tinue the game with bone-jarring tack­les, started the offense with a 20-yard pass to sopho­more receiver Michael Duran, put the Lions on the board first with a 13-yard TD run and fin­ished with 3 rush­ing scores and the cap­per, an 85-yard kick off return touch­down run to open the sec­ond half. Not to be out­done, sopho­more run­ning mate, Anto­nio McBride col­lected 2 TD scam­pers along with an inter­cep­tion that went 60-yards to the end­zone but was called back on penalty. McBride also had an excel­lent defen­sive game which included a fum­ble recov­ery along with that inter­cep­tion. Sopho­more receiver, Duran played more like a run­ning back than a receiver as he took 2 car­ries (62 yds, 39 yds) to pay­dirt but the lat­ter was called back. Frosh run­ning back, Royel Edwards joined the scor­ing spree with his own 9-yard run. Reese Bickart, he of many long runs, also added his own points to the game with a 3-yard run for the try after Duran’s 62-yard TD.

Though this game was offen­sively highlight-heavy, Galileo’s defense nearly posted a shut-out in a stout effort to open league play.

PLAYS FROM THE 2 EJECTIONS

Both play­ers given a 2-game sus­pen­sion from the league.