Lions Shake Off 2-Week Dust to Rout Lowell
A bye-week followed by Burton’s forfeit a week before, gave Galileo too much rest as its offense looked rusty as evident by passes a step out of reach and a few missed blocking assignments by the offensive line. Though there were numerous offensive miscues, the Lions did not punt once in the game, taking a 22-6 lead in the first half on three possessions. Senior receiver, Jackie Guo got the Lions on the board with a tip-toe 10-yard TD catch from quarterback, Adrian Poot. Junior wideout, Reese Bickart caught his first score of the season in the second half. The other three touchdowns came courtesy of sophomore running back, Yarvell Smith who wowed the crowd when he got bottled up in the backfield but was able to reverse course and sprint down the right sideline to the end zone. Smith also scored on a 50-yard run up the middle.
Galileo’s Frosh Soph team will be visited St. Mary’s College High School on Friday September 29, 2017 for their replacement game for Burton’s forfeit. The frosh soph team kicked off at 4PM.
Galileo FS vs St. Mary’s College High
The young Lions travelled east to face St. Mary’s College High School on Friday after their scheduled game with Burton was cancelled. The hosts had yet to register a point this season but were quick to forget that trend on Friday. Following two early fumbles by Galileo, St. Mary’s built a lead and never looked back.
Coming off a bye week, Galileo was looking forward to a game against Burton to start league play. On Monday night, rumors were swirling that Burton were unable to field enough players to play this week. By Tuesday morning, the league commissioner’s email confirmed Burton’s forfeits. Galileo is currently scrambling to find replacement games for this week.
As of Wednesday, the Frosh Soph team picked up a replacement game. They will be traveling to St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley for a 4PM kick off on Friday, September 29th. Galileo’s varsity team could not find a replacement match.
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Ground Game & Defense Highlight Blowout
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.
No longer pretenders, Galileo is muscling up in 2017 to compete for a city championship. The offense will feature AAA RB of the Year, Yarvell Smith, along with all-city WR, Jackie Guo and second year starter at QB, Adrian Poot. Defensive keys will be linebackers, Antonio McBride and Erasmo Rivas along with defensive ends, Jeremiah Horne and Johan Lacayo. Junior transfer, Jimmie Edwards will be a boost for the defense at MLB.
Galileo will be visited Hercules (3-0) on Friday September 8, 2017 for their first away match of the season. The frosh soph team kicked off at 4:30pm and the varsity nightcap at 7pm.
Four Turnovers Doom Lions at Hercules
Under the lights in a cool night at Hercules High, Galileo became a victim of it’s own undoing by reverting into last season’s turnover-prone squad. The Titans were able to capitalize on a blocked punt returned for a score and on the first of back-to-back series ending interceptions.
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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In his 5th season at Galileo, Marcus Blacksher Jr. has been promoted to associate head coach of the varsity team. His main role will be coordinating the varsity offense and working with player’s academic progress. Stephen Carton benefited from the change, gaining the role of frosh soph head coach for this season. Coach Mark Huynh will make a return to coordinating the varsity defense and retain the role of coordinating special teams for both squads. After two years of “light” recruitment from Coach Mark, Galileo history teacher, Daniel Lynch is finally making his coaching debut as an assistant coach.
With the summer sessions over with, the Lions will take the field for the first day of practice on Tuesday, August 1st. All incoming freshmen are welcome to attend (2 rules to know; no red on the field and no profanity). All players need a physical to participate. All info and announcements for the 2017 campaign will be posted here.
Aug 1 Tues, 2pm – First day of practice
Aug 1-4 Tues-Fri, 2pm – Double Sessions
Aug 7-11 Mon-Fri, 2pm – Double Sessions
Aug 14-18 Mon-Fri, 2pm – Single Sessions
Aug 18 Fri, 11am – Frosh Orientation Booth & Sign Up
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