Even in the last week of the season, the Varsity Lions continued to struggle with off-the-field issues. Continuing the trend of injuries and/or suspensions, three starters were suspended for this game. The good news was the return of senior lineman, Jason Yu who had a knee issue all season but persevered to get healthy enough to play this one game in his final season.
Galileo V 08-06 14
Lincoln V 30-14 44
Galileo V 00-08-00 08
Lowell V 00-08-06 14
At Lowell, right before the half, Galileo took 3 shots into the endzone at the 5 yardline but came away empty in what appears to be a foreshadow to this game’s ending. Lowell put together a drive in the second half and tacked on the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Galileo answered late in the fourth quarter when Demaje Ardis found running back, Markell Vilce open at the seam. Ardis connected with wideout, Donovan Hasson to tie things up at 8 apiece. The Lions forced a 3-and-out but was unable to finish off the Cardinals despite 3 great passes by Ardis; 1 to Hasson, another to tightend, Miles Mainini, and the last through the hands of Mainini at the goalline. In the overtime period, Ardis was sacked and fumbled in the Lions first play. After two tries, Lowell ended the game on the third try with the same run up the middle.
Galileo V 00-00 00
Washington V 00-16 16
In a must-win to stay in the playoff picture, Galileo’s varsity football team failed to score as the Eagles scored twice in the second half to pull off the upset with their first win of the season. Though both teams played a sloppy game, Galileo was the worse by turning the ball over 7 times (5 interceptions and 2 fumbles lost). Despite the giveaways, the Lions had it’s opportunities but threw 2 picks in the redzone.
Galileo FS 30-08 38
Washington FS 00-00 00
Galileo swept Burton in a double-header at Galileo’s George White Field-the Young Lions kept their two-season unbeaten streak alive and the Varsity claimed their first win of the season, 22-8.
Galileo Varsity 16-06 22
Burton Varsity 00-08 08
Senior QB, Ethan Nelson scored on a 5-yard option run for the game’s first score. A few plays later, middle backer, Demaje Ardis intercepted a pass and took it 30 yards to make it a a 2-score game, 16-0 at the half. After a Burton touchdown pass in the first drive of the second half, Galileo answered with a long drive that yielded a short scamper from running back, Markell Vilce for the game’s final score.
The league openers yielded complete opposite results for Galileo-the Varsity competed but the score says otherwise, while the Young Lions continue to roll, keeping their 2-season undefeated record alive.
Galileo Varsity 12-00 12
Balboa Varsity 20-20 40
Thin Varsity Squad Got Thinner in Loss
Galileo 00-00 00
Jefferson 23-15 38
As if facing a rejuvinated Jefferson program with a cool senior QB was not enough, Galileo’s varsity football team, due to injuries and academics, only suited up 17 players for their opener at home on a hot day. The Lions stood toe-to-toe with the Grizzlies in the first quarter before falling apart in the second-the Grizz capitalized on two bad punts which yielded the ball on Galileo’s half of the field, resulting in two quick scores for a 23-0 halftime lead. Galileo’s offense failed to find any type of rhythm throughout the game, leaving their defense to fend for itself. In the end, Galileo lost the match and their starting center to a shoulder injury, but found enough within themselves to finish with 14 able bodies.
SLOPPY DRAW FOR PURPLE & ORANGE
The Purple took an early lead when Connor Chavela ran up the gut for a 5-yard touchdown but the Orange’s Kenneth Grady picked off a pass that went off the hands of Purple running back, Markell Vilce, to even the game at 6 late in the first half. Both teams failed the point after try-the Purple elected to kick and Adrian Poot’s foot shanked it wide left and the Orange went for 2 and a fade pass to the right corner to Ethan Nelson looked good before cornerback, Darren Peng, got an arm in there to dislodge the ball.
Galileo’s Missed Opportunities Allows Lincoln to Slip by Into T-Day
Galileo V 00-00 00
Lincoln V 00-13 13
Galileo Earns Playoff Berth with Senior Game Victory
Galileo V 24-16 40
Burton V 00-06 06
Senior quarterback, Phillip Tran was at his best by throwing 9/9 for 4 scores and running in for a 2-point conversion. Tran connected with fellow senior receiver, Rodney Morgan for 3 touchdowns and another with senior running back, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez. The other touchdown belonged to Morgan who, after throwing a bad pass that was picked off, reconciled his error by picking off a Burton pass in the next play and running it in for a score. With the brilliant offensive output, Galileo’s defense also played well with a first half shutout. A deep pass down the middle put the Pumas on the board in the third quarter to break up the shutout bid.
Lions’ Poor Tackling Lead to Rout
Galileo V 00-06 06
Lincoln V 34-12 46
Three plays into the game, Galileo gave host, Lincoln Mustangs a gift when Phillip Tran threw an ill-advised pass that was picked off for 6 points-Tran lobbed a pass to the flat after a defensive lineman had grabbed his jersey from behind causing the pass to fall short. Despite the ugly start, the Lions were only down 13-0 after the first quarter. Then the second quarter happened and the Mustangs ran off 21 consecutive points punctuated by a last minute 85-yard TD run.