Lions Falter in Lincoln Stampede
In Game for #1 Seed, Lions Looked #2
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At Lincoln High School, the last remaining high school grass football field in the city, Galileo received a rude reality check as the undefeated Mustangs ran all over the lions to score 7 times. To further add insult to the lop-sided defeat, there were numerous injuries to the lions’ already hobbling squad but none more impactful than when quarterback, Ronald Fox went down on a sack in the third quarter. In what looked apparent to be a horse-collar call as a Mustang defender grabbed the back collar of Fox’s shoulder pad and pulled back before smothering him to the ground, there were no yellow flags despite Galileo’s protest. Fox, after being attended to, was done for the game and Galileo’s faithful hoped that it was nothing more serious than an ankle sprain.
The Lions elected to go with running back Yarvell Smith as a QB replacement instead of junior QB, Matthew Tu. One play later, Smith was dinged up and had to go to the sideline, making way for Tu to be thrown into this already lopsided affair. True to the Galileo tradition, the 5’4″ Tu showed heart for the remainder of the game as he steadily threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Michael Duran and connected on a few passes after escaping the Mustang stampede, notably a 16 yard pass to Leo Dujardin after escaping heavy rush on 4th and 15. Tu’s third and fourth quarter “audition” gave the coaching staff much confidence going into next week’s game at Washington should Fox need more time to mend.
With the loss, Galileo is now sitting as the #2 seed for the playoffs should they their next two games (Washington, Balboa)
Good Effort but Young Lions Still Scoreless
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Galileo’s frosh soph team is still looking for that elusive first score in league play. This rag-tag squad, despite another blow out is finding it’s identity and steadily improving on both sides of the ball. Frosh QB and fellow back field mate, Key’on Quarles are steadily helping the offense gel together. Defensively, Quarles is a key player at linebacker behind some defensively linemen (Joseph Prada, Mohammed Meftah and Angel Alvarez) who are making plays. It will be a quick turnaround for the young lions as they host Lincoln next Saturday, the beginning of the second round robin play.
Photos by J. Huynh