Galileo Rout Bucs in Tune-Up for Playoffs
Senior QB, Adrian Poot put on a show at the Balboa Buccaneer’s senior game with touchdown passes to Reese Bickart (twice), Jackie Guo and Erasmo Rivas. Poot continued to lead the AAA as the most efficient QB by putting up a statline of 12/18 164 passing yards and 3 rushes for 29 yards and a TD. Sophomore RB, Yarvell Smith wasn’t too shabby as he continued to show what he can do now that he is no longer hobbled by a bruised heel-Smith is finally healthy and it shows as he carried the ball 10 times for 136 yards and 2 TD’s. Though Galileo’s offense is running on all cylinders, it’s defense stole the show with junior linebacker, Jimmie Edward’s helmet-dislodging tackle 10-yards behind the line of scrimmage and junior free safety, Michael Duran’s first interception of the season.
Shaky Defense Allow Bears to Score 40 in Loss
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.
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 2017 Spring Ball season is currently in session. With major offensive weapons returning from a high scoring 2016 season, the Lions are ready to light up the scoreboard at the spring game. Returning QB, Adrian Poot will be a force with his ability to spread the ball around. The 2016 AAA Running Back of the Year, Yarvell Smith will look to show the world what he can do as a sophomore next season but until then he is going to be a huge problem for Galileo’s defense in the spring game. Smith, a more than capable linebacker, will also get on the other side of the ball more this upcoming season. Other key offensive weapons to lookout for are sure-handed wideouts Jackie Guo and Erasmo Rivas. The biggest unknown for Galileo will be how it’s offensive line will respond from losing three seniors: it’s line is hinging on three rookie big boys; Thomas Santos, Eric Larreynaga, and Max Miles. Defensively, with the departure of all-city players; Connor Chavela (MLB), Demaje Ardis (OLB), and Miles Mainini (DE), the Lions will feature upcoming juniors, Ronald Fox (FS), Antonio McBride (MLB), and Johan Lacayo (DE/LB).
The Future Shines in Lions End-of-Season Playoff Loss
Galileo V 06-19 25
Mission V 22-27 49
A Galileo fumble by freshman running back, Yarvell Smith on the opening kickoff allowed Mission to take a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the 2016 playoff game at Kezar. The Lions mounted an answer but an illegal formation flag nullified a touchdown pass from Adrian Poot to Jackie Guo. The Bears would add another touchdown before Smith scored from 24-yards out to put the Lions on the board. Galileo’s playoff inexperience was notable in the opening half as Mission reclaimed momentum with another score right before halftime to take a 22-6 lead and all the air out of the Lions’ sails.
Big Plays Highlight Prequel to Playoff Showdown
Galileo V 28-08 36
Mission V 26-16 42
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.