Lions Top Mustangs with Highlight Reel of Big Plays
Galileo’s Big Plays Overcome Lincoln’s Ground Game
The visiting Lincoln Mustangs took the opening kick-off and methodically pounded their way into the end zone, running the ball 11 times and going 60 yards for the game’s first score. The Mustangs would eventually finish with 350 yards on 60 carries. Unable to answer in their first offensive possession, Galileo missed a golden opportunity to get back in the game when Lincoln muffed the punt but Galileo safety, Michael Duran was unable to secure the ball as it bounced off his body. The Lions had to make defensive adjustments while the Mustangs went to work again, trudging into the second quarter. Fortunately, Galileo’s addition of more defensive linemen stopped the bleeding just enough to get the ball back and allow it’s offense to go to work – following a nullified 12-yard TD run by Jimmie Edwards, senior QB, Adrian Poot lofted an 18-yard pass into the hands of junior wideout, Reese Bickart who out-worked two Mustang defenders to put Galileo on the board. Galileo would take an 8-6 lead on sophomore running back, Yarvell Smith’s QB sneak for the point after.
Lincoln looked to reclaim the lead with it’s next possession by marching down to Galileo’s 20 but Galileo’s middle linebacker, Antonio McBride forced a fumble and Smith jumped on it. Three plays later, Poot zipped a ball up the middle of the field over a leaping defender to Erasmo Rivas who all in one motion, caught the ball, spun, stumbled, and got his footing before out-racing a few Mustangs for the final 35 yards to score the 65-yard reception. Smith would tack on another QB keeper for the point after. With less than a minute left, Galileo was up 16-6 and Smith’s best all-around game of his varsity career was just warming up. Smith picked off a Lincoln pass down the left sideline and returned it 75 yards as time expired, giving the Lions an emphatic 22-6 lead at the half. By this point, Smith had played RB, QB, punter, returner, linebacker, and safety.
The halftime talk for the Lions was a reminder of a week ago when they were up against Mission at the half and went on to lose that match. This time around, it was a team effort to keep working and not become complacent. And just like the Mission game, the Lions’ offense took the second half’s first possession and went nowhere. Lincoln clawed a bit closer, scoring after another long drive and after the 2-point conversion it was 22-14. However, each time Lincoln got closer, Galileo found a way to regain their distance. When Smith was called for a controversial block to the facemask during Poot’s 50-yard run from Galileo’s 11, Smith unleashed a pancake block two plays later to spring Ronald Fox down the sideline for a 91-yard TD sprint. And just like that, Galileo put the game away.
While Smith had a game to remember, Poot was the one putting on a show. Multiple times he showed his senior poise as he escaped pass rush pressure to deliver perfect strikes to his receivers. His 50-yard run was second to his 10-yard run in which he escaped the pocket and proceeded to run a defender over. At 5’4″, Poot played like a juggernaut, an unstoppable force.
After Smith scored from 2-yards, Lincoln tacked on one TD but Jimmie Edwards’ 60-yd run put the icing on the cake. The Mustang’s finished off the game with a 55-yard TD run as time expired. With the win, Galileo is in the driver’s seat for the #2 playoff seed with two matches remaining (Washington, Balboa).
Lack of Finish Doom Young Lions
Just when it looks like things might change, Galileo’s Frosh Soph team couldn’t quite finish the job to get in the end zone. Robby Lee’s 80-yard interception return looked like the spark Galileo needed but the Lions failed to cash in. The young lions came out hitting hard as evident by the crunch with each contact. Then a punt snap over the punter’s head led to a short field that gave the Mustang’s the first score of the game. Later on, another Galileo punt yielded another high snap that put the Mustangs on Galileo’s 25 to start and eventually score. Take away those errors and it was a well-played game by both squads.
Galileo’s offense, unable to run effectively, threw the ball well and sophomore quarterback, Matt Tu was on-target most of the time. Unfortunately for him, his sure-handed receivers, Lee and Brandon Ho made some uncharacteristic drops throughout the game.
Count them down but not out: the young Lions know how to rally as they have done in the last two games. After giving up big leads in the first half, Galileo has twice rallied to shut down their opponents in the second half.