GALILEO ADVANCES TO STATE BOWL
Lions Buckle Down to Beat Rio Vista
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Galileo advances to the California 6A State Championship Bowl Game by defeating host, Rio Vista for the Norcal title, 20-14. Rio Vista raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter before sophomore running back, Yarvell Smith tip-toed in a 13-yard pass from senior quarterback, Adrian Poot. Poot followed by muscling in a 3-yard QB keeper to tie the game at 8 apiece. It didn’t take long for Rio Vista to answer and reclaim the lead on the legs of their junior running back, Ryan Hurley who punched it in for his second score of the game. Galileo’s offense could not answer as it was facing difficult third down situations all night. Fortunately, an ill-advised Rio Vista interception on Galileo’s fourth down pass put them in a hole. A few plays later, Galileo outside linebacker, Jackie Guo picked off a pass and returned it 2-yards for the tying score. With both squads unable to convert on the point-after, it was deadlocked at halftime, 14-14. Game-time temperature started to dip under 50 degrees.
Galileo started the third quarter with a promising drive but three consecutive penalties were too much to overcome. Likewise, Rio Vista couldn’t amount to much as the Lions’ defense was providing pressure. In this see-saw defensive driven half, it was Galileo who made the biggest play when the AAA Defensive Player of the Year, Jimmie Edwards stripped the ball from Rio Vista’s quarterback and defensive tackle, Mikah Coleman, pounced on it. In the early fourth quarter, Smith would take the ball and outflank a few defenders to the left for an 8-yard score, giving the lions the lead for good. The rest of the quarter was filled with errors from both teams on the offensive side. Despite the nail-biting and unnecessary stress inducing, Galileo triumphed by running out the last three and half minutes by accumulating two clutch first downs, one by Ronald Fox with a tough run up the middle and the last, a QB sneak for one yard by Smith.
A first for everything, as Galileo is crowned Northern California 6A Champions. Next up, a State Championship bout with Vincent Memorial in the far, far-off place, Calexico. It’s at least a 9-hour drive folks.
Photos by R. Schnitzer