Galileo’s Big Plays Overcome Lincoln’s Ground Game
At Kezar, the Mission Bears took the opening kick and proceeded to march down the field without much resistance from Galileo. Even though the Lions’ offense returned the favor and went on to help take the lead and keep a lead at the half, the defense which had allowed only 6 touchdowns all season never recovered. Galileo allowed two Mission players to rush for more than 100 yards each. And when counted upon to make a game-changing stop on 4th and goal for the Bears, Galileo’s defense faltered by missing two tackles to allow a score. The rough day had few highlights but junior safety, Michael Duran got his first interception of the season.
Galileo’s double-header at Balboa on Saturday, October 14th has been postponed due to the North Bay wildfires. The air quality is on red alert at 8am and all games for the day were subsequently postponed. A revised league schedule will be release next week.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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