Pat Israel & Lions’ Defense Get it Done for Crucial 2nd League Win
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Balboa V 00-06 06
Starting league play with two 40-point losses, the Galileo Lions were staring at a hopeless season as the playoff window got smaller. However, a win last week at Washington gave the Lions a renewed sense of possibilities-a win over the Balboa Buccaneers in this week’s matchup will move the Lions to a tie for third place with a 2-2 record.
Morgan’s 3 Picks and 2 scores Highlight Lions’ First League Victory
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Washington V 00-06 06
With the score at 28-6 and the Washington Eagles just making a huge defensive stop to get back on offense, Galileo’s senior defensive end, Justin Manalang (Ma-Nah-Laang) snagged a first-down pass at the Eagles’ 28 and returned it to the 1 to end any hopes of an Eagles’ comeback. Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez would punch it in on his second touchdown carry of the game. Rodney Morgan highlighted Galileo’s first win in league play with 3 interceptions (1 returned for a score) and a 30-yard TD reception from quarterback, Phillip Tran. At 1-2 (2-6), Galileo is still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Turnovers Chief Among Things that Doom Galileo
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Mission V 42-00 42
The Galileo Lions continue their roller coaster season with another match full of turnovers and big plays for the other team. On Mission’s opening drive, Galileo linebacker, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez stripped the ball and defensive tackle, Victor Ortiz pounced on it. Galileo’s offensive couldn’t muster any momentum and resulted in a punt that was blocked by Mission to give them life at Galileo’s 25. From there, Mission took an 8-0 lead.
Jefferson Routs Galileo 41-0
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After playing a tight first quarter, the Galileo Lions allowed the visiting Jefferson Indians to make big plays through the air to run away with the game. The Lions’ defense stalled the Indians’ first drive at the 5-yardline then forced a field goal in the next series. Even after Jefferson’s starting QB entered the game in the second quarter, the Lions played well enough to remain in contention. At the half, it was a 17-0 score. In the second half, it was a completely different story as Galileo’s defense allowed multiple long plays through the air as Jefferson increased it’s lead. Galileo’s offense fair no better despite moving the ball down the field a few times with it’s best drive stalling once it got to Jefferson’s 5. The Lions turned the ball over 3 times but was able to pick off a pass-linebacker, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez’s first of the season.
Offense Falters as Defense Rallies in Lions’ Loss to Oakland
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Oakland V 21-07 28
Right out of the gate, the Galileo Lions fumbled away their first 2 possessions, putting early pressure on it’s defense. Galileo’s defense did answer the call, holding ground against Oakland’s running game but 3 big pass plays and a controversial kick-off return for a score by the Wildcats were the difference. Senior outside backer, Alvin Li, and sophomore cornerback, Donovan Hasson both recorded their first interceptions of the season but were also culprits of 2 Oakland arial scores. Li’s pick which he returned to Oakland’s 3-yard line allowed the Lions to make it interesting-following a quarterback sneak it was 21-14. Though the excitement of the game was short-lived when Oakland answered, scoring on a deep corner pass. Galileo couldn’t put 2 and 2 together after that as the Oakland night turned chilly. The Lions finished with a 1-3 pre-season record but have shown improvement with each week.
MANALANG SCORES TWICE IN PURPLE VICTORY
In the Purple vs Orange Spring Game, senior defensive tackle, Matt Fronda, despite not playing in a game since his freshman season, showed his dominance on defense for the Orange-Fronda played the roll of the “Terminator” with a habit of being around the ball to make tackle after tackle. Fronda capped off a career day with an unlikely INT which doesn’t happen every day for DT’s. The Orange also included Galileo’s #1 defensive player in third year starter at middle linebacker, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez. This time around, JHV’s offensive play was slightly more impressive because he was never called upon to play the “O” in the last 2 seasons due to another fella named Fox.