Big Win Turns Out to Be Worse Game Ever as Lions Forfeit
Galileo V 43-06 49 (F)
Washington V 00-00 00
Galileo’s dominating victory at Washington quickly turned into a nightmare as two players were ejected (video below) early in the second quarter with the game already in hand. Free safety, Marvell Despanie was ejected for “throwing a punch” after an Eagle’s player had dragged him to the ground. Shortly after, defensive end, Yousef Saber reacted irrationally at the conclusion of a play when an Eagle’s lineman blocked him in the back. Saber spun around and approach the lineman and swung at him with an open hand right into the facemask. Fellow senior teammate, Connor Chavela attempted to bump Saber off his path but it was not enough as Saber’s hand met the intended target. After a few days of checking video supplied by Galileo head coach, Mark Huynh, the league commissioner, Don Collins sent notices that dished out the maximum 2-game punishment for “fighting”. With 6 games in league play, both players will miss close to half of the league season; a combined total of 2 games and nearly 3 quarters due to the early ejection. Furthermore, during the investigation period, Galileo was found to have mis-handled their eligibility paperwork-because everyone who played were not all on the submitted eligibility list prior to the season, Galileo will forfeit all wins. The only solace here is that this only puts the Lions at 0-1 instead of finding out at the end of the season and potentially becoming 0-6.
2 Late Lions’ Penalties Cost Game
Galileo V 08-06 14
Piner V 03-14 17
Two late defensive penalties on Galileo, allowed host, Piner to escape with a 17-14 victory. The Prospectors received a facemask penalty to keep their drive alive with under 2 minutes remaining in the game. Then on fourth down, a passing interference call in the endzone put the Propectors in the redzone. The valiant effort by the Lions turned bitter when on yet again another fourth down, Piner’s quarterback scrambled to the right for a 5-yard touchdown and the lead with 28 seconds on the clock. After the kick off, Galileo, starting on their 20, moved the ball past the 50 but ran out of time in the stunning loss. Galileo falls to 1-2 heading into league play and Piner is 1-2, winning their first game of the season.
Galileo Shut Out at Home
Galileo V 00-00 00
Hercules V 26-07 33
Galileo tackling miscues allowed Hercules to score two touchdowns and two huge coverage mistakes gave up another 12 points to put the Lions in a 26-0 halftime deficit. The lackluster opening half reviewed an inexperienced team that could not muster any energy to neutralize the Titans’ level of dominance nor was there any shifting of momentum. The lack of experience is not more evident than the waning seconds of the first half when Hercules struck with a 61-yard touchdown pass because Galileo’s defense allowed a receiver to get pass coverage that was just simply, not deep enough despite an obvious “prevent coverage” down.
The 2016 season will have the varsity Lions looking from the bottom up after a disastrous 1-9 2015 campaign. Leading the way will be a few key seniors; Connor Chavela (MLB), Donovan Hasson (WR/DB), all-city duos Kenneth Grady (DE/RB) and Miles Mainini (TE/DE), and Demaje Ardis (LB/TE). Key juniors who will contribute are; Ahmed Balwi (C/DT), Erasmo Rivas (WR/FS), Antonio Lewis (RB/CB), Jackie Guo (WR/DE), and starting QB, Adrian Poot.
Lions Win Season-Opener After Squandering Big Lead
Galileo V 14-06 20
San Lorenzo V 03-14 17
Senior wide-out, Donovan Hasson made a few acrobatic catches along with his first TD reception of the season to pace Galileo in a game that almost got away. Up 14-0, Galileo allowed San Lorenzo a short field which resulted in a field goal in the waning seconds of the first half. In the second half, a botched snap over the head of senior punter, Nick Bustos, put San Lorenzo in the red zone. A few plays later, San Lorenzo scored on a touchdown reception. Galileo did manage another score but once again the Lions continued to show their generosity by throwing an ill-advised pass across the field that was picked off and returned to their 15. Three plays later, it was a brand new ball game when Galileo allowed another touchdown over the top of their pass coverage-the Rebels had pulled within 3 in a 20-17 game.
Galileo’s varsity and frosh soph football teams travelled to Novato on September 20th for a 4-team scrimmage with host Novato, Windsor, and Analy.
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Galileo will face 3 new opponents in 2016, San Lorenzo, Hercules & Piner. Oakland was slated as game 4 but as of August, the game was cancelled due to a scheduling error.
Last Update: AUGUST 2016
Sat, Aug 20 4-Way Scrimmage @ Novato with Analy & Windsor (JV 12PM, V2PM)
Sat, Aug 27 Bye Week
Sat, Sept 3 @ San Lorenzo (JV 11AM, V 1:30PM)
Sat, Sept 10 Hercules @ Galileo (JV 11AM, V 2PM)
Sat, Sept 17 @ Piner (JV 11AM, V 2PM)
Coach Mark Huynh will be leading the program into his 8th varsity season. Coach Blacksher will be tasked with coordinating the offense and Coach Carton, the defense. Returning to help with the line is Anthony Lam.
2016 COACHING STAFF
- MARK HUYNH – Varsity Head Coach (Galileo ’90), STC-LB-RB
- MARCUS BLACKSHER Jr. – Frosh Soph Head Coach (Marshall ’11), OC-QB-DB
- STEPHEN CARTON – Assistant Coach (Black Rock College, Ireland ’09), DC-TE-DE
- ANTHONY LAM – Assistant Coach (Galileo ’12), OL-DT
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It’s a well-known fact that champions are made in the off-season. (June Camp & Summer Camp are open to all Galileo athletes-if interested, please contact Coach Mark through the “Contact Us” page.)
JUNE STRENGTH CAMP
- Starts at 2PM
- First day is June 1st
- Meet in the weightroom
- Details: weightroom, hosted by Coach Carton
SUMMER STRENGTH & AGILITY CAMP
- Starts at 2PM
- First day is July 5th
- Details: please bring a physical, weight room, football, Hyde St Hill, Chestnut Stairs, hosted by coaching staff