Despite Heat, Lions Win Season Openers

img_8838 Galileo kicked off the 2017 cam­paign with a double-header at home against San Lorenzo (1–0) from across the Bay. The frosh soph 11am game-time tem­per­a­ture was already at 75 degrees and the var­sity head­liner at 2pm on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 2nd at the George White Field were at a blis­ter­ing 90-plus degrees.

Sopho­more RB, Smith’s 3 TDs lead Lions to Victory

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SAN LORENZO V 07–00 07

The reign­ing AAA Run­ning Back of the Year, Yarvell Smith, opened his sopho­more cam­paign qui­etly in the first half with a score but exploded in the sec­ond half for a 90-yard sprint to give the Lions a lit­tle breath­ing room. His third score iced the game as he fin­ished with 12 car­ries for 179 yards for 3 scores. The sec­ond half offen­sive explo­sion included a 10-yard TD pass from senior QB, Adrian Poot to senior slot receiver, Erasmo Rivas. As if Smith’s 90-yard high­light didn’t cre­ate enough of a buzz with the home crowd, senior all-city receiver, Jackie Guo sent every­one into a frenzy with his 1-handed catch for a 2-point con­ver­sion. Despite Poot’s pedes­trian 5/10 pass­ing for 17 yards, he found his foot­ing early to fin­ish with 92 yards on 10 carries.

Rivas at out­side line­backer, along with defen­sive end, Jere­miah Horne anchored a solid Galileo defense, harass­ing San Lorenzo’s quar­ter­back con­stantly and dis­rupt­ing their pass­ing game. Galileo’s defense set the tone to open the third quar­ter by shut­ting down San Lorenzo’s offense.

Two Pick-6’s Put Young Lions in Win Column

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SAN LORENZO FS 00-14 14

After fresh­man receiver and safety, Robert Baker put Galileo up two scores, a 50-yard recep­tion from Matthew Tu and a pick-6, in the first half, sopho­more defen­sive tackle, Rafael Oropeza had his own dream of a rare line­man pick-6. Accord­ing to frosh soph head coach, Car­ton, Oropeza had been say­ing all week that he would get one this game. And that’s exactly what hap­pened in the sec­ond half when Oropeza snatched a deflected pass and returned it 10 yards to the right pylon for a score. At the time, the score seemed like it was just icing on the cake with Galileo up 2 scores but for­tu­nately for the young Lions, as they let San Lorenzo creep back in the game, Oropeza’s score was the difference.