Lions Overcome Bears in City Title Rematch
18-Point 4th QTR Shock Bears
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In a see-saw game of big plays at Galileo, a whatever-you-can-do-I-can-do-better grudge match, it was the Galileo Lions who started fast only to fizzle and then to rebound in the end and provide the knockout punch to the Mission Bears. The Lions received the ball to start the game and after a good run by senior QB, Ronald Fox, senior RB, Jimmie Edwards busted through the middle of the Bears’ defense for the game’s first score, a 46-yard run. Galileo failed on the 2-point try after, the first of 7 tries denied by the Bears in this game. In that back-n-forth first half, the tale of the tape is Galileo’s failure on the point-after and then giving up a pick-6 late in the second quarter: Galileo scored 4 offensive touchdowns to Mission’s 3 but Mission added a total of 5 points from the point-after, 3 points from 3 converted kicks and 2 points from a pass off of a fake kick attempt while the lions were napping. All in all, the Bears looked the better team as the game went on.
Galileo came out of the halftime intent on reclaiming the lead, unfortunately, the Bears ripped off a 60-yard run to punctuate it’s lead, 36-24. Down 12 with the ball and going into the fourth quarter, the Lions were looking for a spark to counter the Bears’ momentum-Fox who had been playing well all game, provided that spark that ignited the Lions’ home crowd. Scrambling right, Fox found Reese Bickart who shook two defenders with a spin move for a 25 yard score. Mission had answers and it marched back down to the Lions’ 20, looking to make Bickart’s score a moot point. In the next 4 plays, Galileo’s defense shown brightest as it stopped the Bears in it’s tracks and when the Bears botched a snap during their field goal attempt, the Fox and his lions were back in business-Fox connected with Edwards on a hitch pass which Edwards okie-doked two bears for 40 yards, 1 yard shy of the goal line. Yarvell Smith would punch it in for the equalizer, 36 apiece.
The kick off after, arguably the biggest play of the game, was an onside kick sent off by junior linebacker, Brandon Ho who just started kicking for the team 3 games ago. While a Mission player struggled to secure the onside kick, Ryan Lee provided the jolting hit that allowed Marino Balinton to recover the ball. Shortly after the sideline celebration of Balinton’s recovery, Fox scrambled and found Michael Duran for a 41-yard touchdown. Duran wasn’t quite finished yet-on Mission’s first play after kick off, Duran recovered a fumble to allow Galileo’s offense to run out the clock.
Young Lions Struggle vs Balboa
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A rough week of losing key players to eligibility, Galileo’s young lions looked good against a good Balboa’s frosh soph team in the first quarter but inexperience reared it’s ugly head and a slew of missed tackles and the inability to move the ball on offense allowed the Bucs to run off 44 points. A few bright spots for the season did emerge from this game; frosh running back Key’on Quarles played well on both sides of the ball, frosh quarterback Kenneth Sanford continued to show growth, and the line is showing that it is capable of dominating the trenches.
Photos by R. Schnitzer & J. Huynh