Alumni Challenge 2012

The Wrap-Up

Alumni Edges Varsity with an INT to Seal the Game

After the Varsity and the Alumni took their turns to mercy-rule (21+ pt lead) over the Frosh Soph, they engaged in a heatedly tight matchup for bragging rights. The Alumni didn’t take long to score with a touchdown strike that came so easily that the Varsity began to worry the mercy-rule would be dealt to them as well. The anxiety turned out to be unnecessary because in the end, neither team reached the 21-point mark.

The Varsity struggled early before scoring to tie at 6-6. Both teams would push forward with another touchdown each, knotting the game at 12-12. While other alumni not in the game and the Frosh Soph were looking on, things got more interesting as the game made a turn for a dramatic finish. The Alumni drove past the 20 yardline to gain 2 points. Then Jon Lu threw a strike to Will Kay to complete the 8-point lead. Down 20-12, the Varsity’s final drive picked up a needed first down to gain 2 points. Down 14-20, a touchdown would send the game into overtime, however, Wes Choy Will picked off Angelo Rubi’s pass to end the game. Bragging rights still belong to the Alumni.

Incidentally, our record books owe Choy his 5th interception that came against Marshall in 2010 which puts him at a 5-INT season and not 4 (memo to coach Mark…). Choy had showed hands of stone earlier, dropping a beautiful pass from Lu but his game-ending INT more than made up for it. Lu looked like he never lost a step since last playing QB for Galileo a year and half ago. 2001 QB of the 12-0 Galileo team, Souen Tek was in attendance but did not take a snap due to an early departure for a prior engagement. Coach Mark ref the games.


The PLG kicked off after lunch. Like all playground games, the QB’s picked teams; 2010 starter, Jon Lu vs 1989 backup, coach Mark. Jon’s #1 pick was Will and coach Mark countered with Wes. It was downhill from there as age triumphed over youth; coach Mark picked the winners which included the tardy, Randall Fung. The game to 7 touchdowns kicked off with a bang as coach Mark put a pass into 2010 lineman, Johnny Luu’s hands. Luu did the rest, racing for the game’s first score. The opposition should have seen it coming because the big joke during lunch was how coach Mark let a potential touchdown slipped through his hands and hit his face in last year’s alumni challenge. That memory was courtesy of Wes but coach Mark didn’t hold any grudges as he made Wes his first pick. “Sometimes, winning is more important than pride,” coach Mark’s reasoning for picking Wes first. Coach Mark must have caught the fire on the grill as he finished with 7 TD’s against 1 INT along with a brilliant 1-handed INT on the defensive side. In the end, the play of the game belonged to a desperation pass from Lu; with Benny Huang and coach Mark hot on his trails, Lu lobbed a pass to the corner of the end zone and senior defensive tackle, Nestor Acosta out-jumped the defense for a remarkable score. Final tally: Coach Mark’s Marvels 7 – Jon Lu’s Lackluster Lions 3. The moral of the story here might be; “don’t light the fire in the heart of an old man”, or “leave the coach alone or you will get burned”, and of course, “he who laughs first laughs better if he laughs while on the coach’s team”. The post-game victory was celebrated with a watermelon.

All games were played with flags and no animals were present at this event. Now onto the virtual awards.


  • MVP (Jon Lu)
  • BEST DEFENSE (Wes Choy & Will Kay)
  • BEST OFFENSE (Adam Chen)
  • MOST INSPIRATIONAL (Ed Luu putting the pause in Acosta’s defensive rush)
  • BEST CAMEO (Randall Fung who came late and scored right away in the PLG)
  • BEST NO-SHOW (Ahem…Shaun-ski)
  • BEST CHEF (without a doubt, coach Mark)
  • BEST SOUS-CHEFS (T-Wu, Scottie Prom)
  • BEST TOUCHDOWN CATCH (Nestor Acosta in the Playground Legends Game)
  • BEST HAIRDO (Nick Foster because he cut his locks)
  • BEST QUOTE (“I thought we would have a better chance than that,” Soph QB, Phillip Tran.)
Phillip Tran
Zach Dang
Nick Foster
Eddy Yu
Alvin Li
Victor Ortiz
Justin Manalang
Calvin Huang
Angelo Rubi
Yanek Hakobyan
Dontell Jackson
Kris Balarezo
Johnson Huang
Todd Holland
Scottie Prom
Joshua Lu
John Diep
Nestor Acosta
Jon Lu
Wes Choy
Will Kay
Kevin Li
Johnny Luu
Benny Huang
Marcos Gonzales
Ed Luu
Adam Chen
Abe Li
Romero O’Neal
Souen Tek
Coach Mark
Wes Choy
Johnny Luu
Randall Fung
Adam Chen
Abe Li
Benny Huang
Jon Lu
Will Kay
JH Hsu
Nestor Acosta
Kevin Li
Victor Ortiz
Johnson La

Alumni Challenge Preview

The Class of 2011 destroyed all competitors in the inaugural Alumni Challenge event last summer. Can they repeat their dominance? Some of the pre 2K players are saying otherwise. Pitting this season’s varsity and frosh soph players against other Galileo football alumni teams, only one thing is certain-food will be eaten and most will be sore the next day, or week.

Ten­ta­tive Schedule

WHAT: 7v7 Flag Foot­ball Tour­na­ment & BBQ

WHO: Cur­rent Galileo foot­ball play­ers & alumni only

WHEN: Sat­ur­day, July 21, 11AM-4PM

WHERE: Galileo’s George White Field

COST: $5 (alumni) & $0 = priceless (cur­rent players)

Flag 77: the 7 on 7 flag foot­ball tour­na­ment will have a cham­pion! Come as a team or come and join a team. Each ros­ter will have a min­i­mum of 8 play­ers and a max of 10. Reg­u­lar flag rules apply. Teams will also be assigned reff­ing duties. Bring your own equip­ment, foot­balls will be provided.

Expec­ta­tions: each alumni and cur­rent player and family/friends attend­ing is expected to abide by our cur­rent foot­ball rules: no pro­fan­ity & no “red” on the field, dis­play of good sports­man­ship, respect­ing & putting each other first. Every­thing else is com­mon sense (you know what we mean).

Please sign up with Coach Mark ( if you plan to attend.