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
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.