2016 Game 9: BALBOA

Lions Come Up Short in First League Game at Home

Galileo V 13–00 13
Bal­boa V 06–14 20

img_7152-copy 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.

The 2–3 Lions’ road to the play­offs look like this but the good news is that Bur­ton will have two tough oppo­nents remain­ing, Lin­coln (4–0) and Bal­boa (3–2):

  1. If Bur­ton (2–2) loses both = Galileo in
  2. If Bur­ton wins 1 of 2 games = Galileo must beat Mission
  3. If Bur­ton wins both games = Bur­ton in

Young Lions Set­tle for a Tie to Avoid 3-Game Los­ing Streak

Galileo FS 08–00 08
Bal­boa FS 08–00 08

The Young Lions man­aged a tie with the vis­it­ing Buc­ca­neers as both squads were held score­less in the sec­ond half. With an oppor­tu­nity to win the game in their last drive to Balboa’s red­zone, Galileo was tack­led short on a quar­ter­back keeper. Frosh quar­ter­back, Matthew Tu received his first start of the sea­son and impressed enough to gar­ner another start in the last game of the sea­son against Mis­sion. Tu con­nected with sopho­more receiver, Michael Duran, early and often. In the end it was sopho­more quar­ter­back, Ronald Fox who ral­lied the Lions to a touch­down and a 2-point con­ver­sion to tie the game. Unfor­tu­nately, Fox was also the cul­prit that set up Balboa’s score when his screen pass slipped through Duran’s hands and into a Buc’s linebacker’s lap. With 3 key play­ers sus­pended for the first half and Tu start­ing in place of Fox, the Young Lions’ effort was impressive.