The Galileo Lions came into the AAA Championship game as the underdog #2 seed and some might even say their victory was an upset of #1 seed Mission which went through league 6-0 but if you ask any spectator at the match that day, they would think you were crazy. After Galileo lost to Mission, 40-36 in regular season play, it flipped the script and took things to another level by blowing out their next three opponents before escaping from Lincoln (22-17) in the playoffs to get to Mission. That Mission loss did something to the Lions-it turned a pride of lions into a hungry, angry, and swagger-emanating pack of wolves. As written by Kipling-“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” The imagery is not complete without seeing that the wolves are foaming at their mouths.
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.