Win Over Piner End Pre-Season on High Note

Ground Game & Defense Highlight Blowout

Galileo V 28 12 40
Piner V 07 00 07

An improved offensive line from their loss to Hercules a week ago set the tone as Galileo rushed their way to 4 touchdowns in a blowout victory against the visiting Prospectors. Sophomore running back, Yarvell Smith continued to shine for the Lions with three scores on the ground (60, 25, 1) and one through the air, a 54-yard catch and run from QB, Adrian Poot. Juniors, Ronald Fox and Jimmie Edwards were also recipients of good blocking that helped them get into the end zone.

Still looking for their first shutout, Galileo’s defense limited Piner to 7 points despite multiple trips into the redzone. Potential all city corner, Fox continued to knock down passes while middle backers, Antonio McBride and Edwards are racking up tackles and creating turnovers. Galileo’s defense has limited their last three opponents to a total of four touchdowns.

The varsity squad finished pre-season with a 2-1 record. With a bye week coming up, they will have ample time to heal up and prep for their first league game against Burton.

Big Defensive Plays win Sloppy Game

Galileo FS 00 06 12
Piner FS 00 06 06

In a game filled with turnovers, Galileo turned the ball over less and escaped with another victory. The Lions started the folly-fest when freshman receiver, Robert Baker took the opening kick off for a fine return and then coughed it up near mid-field. For the rest of the match, there were much give-n-take but in Galileo’s favor was the ultimate takeaway when sophomore defensive tackle, Rafael Oropeza, nearly added another defensive score this season by scooping a fumble courtesy of a bad Piner toss play and rumbled 40 yards to the opponent’s 3. Freshman running back, Ray Jones, starting in place of injured sophomore, Kidus Samson, would punch it in for the lead. In the first game of the season, Oropeza caught a deflected pass and ran a long 5 yards for a score against San Lorenzo.

The young Prospectors would answer with a nifty cutback run to tie things up but that would only set up Baker’s redemption that gave Galileo the lead for good on a 95-yard pick-6. Baker plucked a tipped pass by corner, Brandon Ho. In the end, the young Lions defense stood tall for a 2-0-1 pre-season finish.