Despite Heat, Lions Win Season Openers

Galileo kicked off the 2017 campaign with a double-header at home against San Lorenzo (1-0) from across the Bay. The frosh soph 11am game-time temperature was already at 75 degrees and the varsity headliner at 2pm on Saturday, September 2nd at the George White Field were at a blistering 90-plus degrees.

Sophomore RB, Smith’s 3 TDs lead Lions to Victory

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The reigning AAA Running Back of the Year, Yarvell Smith, opened his sophomore campaign quietly in the first half with a score but exploded in the second half for a 90-yard sprint to give the Lions a little breathing room. His third score iced the game as he finished with 12 carries for 179 yards for 3 scores. The second half offensive explosion included a 10-yard TD pass from senior QB, Adrian Poot to senior slot receiver, Erasmo Rivas. As if Smith’s 90-yard highlight didn’t create enough of a buzz with the home crowd, senior all-city receiver, Jackie Guo sent everyone into a frenzy with his 1-handed catch for a 2-point conversion. Despite Poot’s pedestrian 5/10 passing for 17 yards, he found his footing early to finish with 92 yards on 10 carries.

Rivas at outside linebacker, along with defensive end, Jeremiah Horne anchored a solid Galileo defense, harassing San Lorenzo’s quarterback constantly and disrupting their passing game. Galileo’s defense set the tone to open the third quarter by shutting down San Lorenzo’s offense.

Two Pick-6’s Put Young Lions in Win Column

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After freshman receiver and safety, Robert Baker put Galileo up two scores, a 50-yard reception from Matthew Tu and a pick-6, in the first half, sophomore defensive tackle, Rafael Oropeza had his own dream of a rare lineman pick-6. According to frosh soph head coach, Carton, Oropeza had been saying all week that he would get one this game. And that’s exactly what happened in the second half when Oropeza snatched a deflected pass and returned it 10 yards to the right pylon for a score. At the time, the score seemed like it was just icing on the cake with Galileo up 2 scores but fortunately for the young Lions, as they let San Lorenzo creep back in the game, Oropeza’s score was the difference.