Galileo Loses 2013 Opener at Tamalpais

Tamalpais High School is a stones-throw from Galileo but a Bay Bridge that was closed, turned a 10-minute ride to the Golden Gate Bridge into an hours journey on a car-filled Lombard street. Despite, the road-rageable conditions, Galileo’s varsity squad got there in time to begin a renewal of the “Golden Gate Game”.

Down 20-0 in First QTR, Galileo’s Run Behind Nelson’s Arm Comes Up Short

Galileo V 14–22 36
Tamalpais V 26–22 48

#13 Kyle NelsonTamalpais scored on the first offensive play of the game as 3 Galileo defenders missed tackles. Then to make matters worse, the Lions’ kick-off coverage team was so focused on blocking that they failed to simply “cover” the ball after it landed silently by the sideline 20-yards downfield. The Red Tail Hawks jumped on it and a few plays later were up 2 touchdowns. The hat-trick came when Galileo’s humming offense tripped itself on a backwards pass to fullback, Terrell Jeffery, that bounced off of his shoulder pads and landed 5 yards further back in the back field. Tam would recover and go on to stake a 20-0 lead. The good news for the lions is that it was only 8 minutes into the game, giving them plenty of time to play catch-up.

Senior quarterback, Kyle Nelson frustrated the Hawk’s defense all day with his arm, feet, and play calling. Nelson rallied the lions to within 5, 36-41, with 2 minutes left in the game. But once again, Tamalpais turned a simple dive into a 50-yard score to put the game away. Nelson finished with a score on a qb-sneak and 4 touchdown passes to 4 different receivers; Todd Holland, Joshua Lu, Isaac Armstrong, and Dontell Jackson.

Jackson led all receivers with a game-high 10 receptions for 204 yards. Armstrong also passed the century mark accounting for 120 yards on 6 receptions. Senior feature back, Ronzel Fox, hampered by a knee-strain in the first series due to a penalized face-mask play, was a modest runner with 10 carries for 60 yards-the century mark was negated by an iffy hold call during Fox’s long touchdown run. Fox did total 114 offensive yards by adding 6 receptions for 54 yards. Holland scored the most points of the day by adding a 2-point reception to his touchdown catch which was the first score for the Lions’ 2013 campaign.

Defensively, Galileo’s poor perimeter tackling and blown assignments attributed to Tam’s running back reaching the endzone 6 times and surpassing 280 yards on the ground. Junior middle linebacker, Jamari Hilliard-Vasquez anchored Galileo’s defensive work-in-progress. JHV led all defenders with a game-high 22 tackles and also recovered a crucial on-side kick in the second half. Three other players reached double digits in tackles; Yanek Hakobyan (16), Terrell Jeffery (15, 1FC, 1H), and Ronzel Fox (13). Hakobyan was also a perfect 4/4 on PAT kicks.

At the end of it all, Nelson was the “man” this game but everyone knows that “defense wins championships games”. Nelson put up one of the best QB performances this decade of Galileo Football. He was 28/34 for 435 yards, 4 passing TD’s, 1 2-pt conversion pass, and 1 touchdown on the ground. Although accounting for all of the Lions’ scores, Nelson could not will Galileo to a come-from-behind victory.

Inconsistency Dooms Young Lions

Galileo FS 00–00 00
Tamalpais FS 00–00 44

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Photos by Rodney Morgan & Zach Dang (these guys should be playing not toting a cam)