2016 Game 10: MISSION

Big Plays High­light Pre­quel to Play­off Showdown

Galileo V 28–08 36
Mis­sion V 26–16 42

img_7352-copy Com­ing into their last reg­u­lar sea­son game, the Galileo Lions knew that a win against the #1 seed Mis­sion Bears would guar­an­tee a play­off spot. If that fails, there is a less heroic route to the play­offs that cul­mi­nates with a Bur­ton loss at Lin­coln the #2 seed-this was almost a guar­an­tee and it became a real­ity when Lin­coln dom­i­nated a dec­i­mated Bur­ton ros­ter to win 42–6. How­ever, Galileo was play­ing Mis­sion at the same time and would not know Burton’s demise until after their game. In other words, the Lions came out swing­ing and sling­ing as if their lives depended on it. In the end, this high­light reel game for both teams that turned into a nar­row escape by the Bears, didn’t mat­ter. After Mis­sion picked off a Galileo pass at Mission’s own 5-yard line with 30 sec­onds left in the game, the Lions were dec­i­mated but it was a quick 180 when the Lions received news of the Bur­ton loss-they hur­ried off the field know­ing that they will have another shot at the Bears in the playoffs.


The Galileo Foot­ball Pro­gram cer­tainly knows how to have a bit of fun before prac­tice. With an impromptu announce­ment from Coach Mark who sim­ply said, “Man­nequin Chal­lenge tomor­row before warm ups”, the play­ers and coaches more than responded with this video. This is the G-House ver­sion, a dif­fer­ent touch with a dif­fer­ent song.

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.

2016 Game 7: LINCOLN

Galileo Offense Fal­ters with Chance to Win

Galileo V 08–10 18
Lin­coln V 14–21 21

img_6976-copy Galileo failed to con­vert on it’s first two red­zone pos­ses­sions to leave the door open for the Mus­tangs to strike first. The Lions also failed to con­vert in it’s last red­zone pos­ses­sion to allow Lin­coln to escape with a 21–18 vic­tory. The loss drops Galileo to 2–2 in league.

2016 Game 6: BURTON

RB Duo, Lewis & Smith Run Over Pumas as Defense Dominates

Galileo V 18–08 26
Bur­ton V 00–14 14

img_6826-copy The Dynamic Duo of run­ning backs, Anto­nio Lewis and Yarvell Smith, con­tin­ued to amaze as Galileo improved to 2–1 in league play. The junior, Lewis, known for his blaz­ing track speed and not his power, showed both when he acci­den­tally snatched the shot­gun snap while in motion going to his left then cut to go north and some­how stay upright after he got sand­wiched by two Bur­ton defend­ers before sprint­ing 71 yards for a score. Frosh sen­sa­tion, Smith added a 37-yard touch­down run to his resume. More impres­sively, Smith put the game away by open­ing the sec­ond half with a 79-yard kick-off return TD aided by Jet Li with a huge block.

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

img_6292-copy 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.

2016 Game 3: PINER

2 Late Lions’ Penal­ties Cost Game

Galileo V 08–06 14
Piner V 03–14 17

img_5981 Two late defen­sive penal­ties on Galileo, allowed host, Piner to escape with a 17–14 vic­tory. The Prospec­tors received a face­mask penalty to keep their drive alive with under 2 min­utes remain­ing in the game. Then on fourth down, a pass­ing inter­fer­ence call in the end­zone put the Propec­tors in the red­zone. The valiant effort by the Lions turned bit­ter when on yet again another fourth down, Piner’s quar­ter­back scram­bled to the right for a 5-yard touch­down and the lead with 28 sec­onds on the clock. After the kick off, Galileo, start­ing on their 20, moved the ball past the 50 but ran out of time in the stun­ning loss. Galileo falls to 1–2 head­ing into league play and Piner is 1–2, win­ning their first game of the season.

2016 Game 2: HERCULES

Galileo Shut Out at Home

Galileo V 00–00 00
Her­cules V 26–07 33

img_5773 Galileo tack­ling mis­cues allowed Her­cules to score two touch­downs and two huge cov­er­age mis­takes gave up another 12 points to put the Lions in a 26–0 half­time deficit. The lack­lus­ter open­ing half reviewed an inex­pe­ri­enced team that could not muster any energy to neu­tral­ize the Titans’ level of dom­i­nance nor was there any shift­ing of momen­tum. The lack of expe­ri­ence is not more evi­dent than the wan­ing sec­onds of the first half when Her­cules struck with a 61-yard touch­down pass because Galileo’s defense allowed a receiver to get pass cov­er­age that was just sim­ply, not deep enough despite an obvi­ous “pre­vent cov­er­age” down.


The 2016 sea­son will have the var­sity Lions look­ing from the bot­tom up after a dis­as­trous 1–9 2015 cam­paign. Lead­ing the way will be a few key seniors; Con­nor Chavela (MLB), Dono­van Has­son  (WR/DB), all-city duos Ken­neth Grady (DE/RB) and Miles Main­ini (TE/DE), and Demaje Ardis (LB/TE). Key juniors who will con­tribute are; Ahmed Balwi (C/DT), Erasmo Rivas (WR/FS), Anto­nio Lewis (RB/CB), Jackie Guo (WR/DE), and start­ing QB, Adrian Poot.

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