Galileo vs De Anza 2012

Galileo rolled into El Sobrante as two different teams, in two different climates although barely a good half hour apart in game time, and finished in direct contradiction to each other. The young lions found their first win of the season in the form of a second half comeback while playing through the heat with a 4:30PM kick off time in the valley. In the chilly night air, the varsity team, conversely, fought off injuries and some mysterious calls to take a 9-0 half time lead before allowing the Dons to take the lead for good with 50 seconds on the clock in the 4th quarter. Two games couldn’t have been more similar but Galileo played the “Comeback Kid” and the “Tragic Hero” to go home with a bitter taste of their first varsity loss of the season.

Injury to Fox Among Many Reasons Why Lions Lost

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In a game of what-could-have-been’s, Galileo allowed host Deanza to play into a last minute comeback victory when the Dons drove over 60 yards to score on a quick pass play with 47 seconds left. Galileo’s return specialist, Dontell Jackson had a chance to break through the kick off coverage for a potential score but got stripped while going through the coverage. The Dons scored 2 unanswered touchdowns in the second half to give the Lions their first taste of defeat this season.

Junior running back, Ronzel Fox took the opening snap for a touchdown but a blocking penalty negated the score. Galileo sent in the field goal unit 3 plays later and it went wide right. In the next offensive series, Fox would sprain his ankle while in the pile. The injury became the opening sequence to a nightmarish game for the Lions as Fox was hobbling on both sides of the ball and limited to offensive snaps. Galileo would eventually score in the second quarter on a pass from Kyle Nelson to wide out, Todd Holland. Nelson found Holland in 1-on-1 coverage to the left corner and delivered his best ball of the season, right into Holland’s lap. Yanek Hakobyan’s kick would make it 7-0. In the ensuing defensive series, Galileo’s defensive ends made some noise with the Dons backed up into their endzone as Terrell Jeffery caused a fumble and Isaac Armstrong recovered it. However, along with other calls not in the Lions favor, this defensive touchdown was awarded a safety instead after a touchdown signal was given. Galileo takes a 9-0 lead into the half before Deanza put together two drives to steal the game. The Lions’ also had Jeffery’s touchdown reception called back in the third quarter.

Defensively, the Lions continued to dominate; Galileo caused 2 fumbles and recovered 4. There were 2 sacks along with 5 tackles for loss. Jeffery led with 13 tackles, 2 for loss, and 2 sacks. Jackson and nose tackle, Nestor Acosta added 8 tackles each. Linebackers, Fox and Rafael Vergara tallied 10 and 11 tackles respectively. Vergara and defensive tackle, Jose Gato caused one and recovered a fumble each. Armstrong played another solid game with 9 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 hurry and 1 fumble recovery.

With the loss, Galileo is at 1-1-1 with one game remaining in the pre-season. Galileo will host Kennedy.

Morgan’s 4 Scores Give Young Lions’ First Victory

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When the varsity squad arrived at Deanza’s stadium, they were just in time to witness free safety, Rodney Morgan’s pick six to put Galileo up 24-12 in the closing minute of the game. Morgan’s score capped off a 4-score game that propelled the young Lions to their first win of the season, tying last year’s 1-win mark.

Galileo began the game with a lackluster effort. After Morgan’s first score to pull the Lions within 6 in the first half and some firing up by the coaching staff, the Lions responded with a second half defensive shut-out effort highlighted by defensive tackle, Victor Ortiz. Ortiz stripped the ball from a Dons’ running back and flew out of the pile for a 14-yard run before he was tackled.