In the Jungle, Lions Stifle Vikings

Kyle Nelson Shines as Delfonse Lewis Does it All

Septem­ber 2, 2011 @ Galileo
Galileo V 28–00 28
Mills V 15–00 15

In their season-opener at home, Galileo found themselves backed up in their red zone for the majority of the first quarter. Mills took advantage and found the end zone on an 18-yard strike down the middle of the field; a lazer from Weyland Quan to Jephta Zapata as Galileo’s free safety, Sebastian Brezeale over-rotated to help.

Galileo answered with sophomore fullback, Ronzel Fox, taking a hand-off and bursting up the middle untouched for a 42-yard score. Kyle Nelson’s kick which was barely wide left, allowed Mills to keep the lead 7-6.

The second quarter will always be remembered as the quarter where this young Galileo team had a “coming of age” party. Following a great defensive effort, Galileo took over at their 9-yard line. Three plays later, sophomore quarterback, Nelson, was flagged for intentional grounding while in the end zone, resulting in a safety. After the kick off in which Galileo elected to punt instead, Mills struck again. Quan threw a touch pass over sophomore linebacker, Charlie Kwok, to Sira Casper for a 45-yard touchdown. Kwok who just came in to replace an injured Dontell Jackson was able to redeem himself in the second half with 2 receptions for 23 yards. Mills took a commanding 15-6 lead.

Then the “party” started. A 32-yard kick-off return by Delfonse Lewis to Mills’ 42 led to a Nelson 15-yard touchdown pass to Liam Ford. With good pass protection, Nelson showed some poise as he rolled out of the pocket to his right before finding Ford all alone in the end zone. Nelson would complete the drive with a 3-yard carry up the middle for the 2-point conversion, closing the deficit, 15-14. On the kick off, Nelson delivered a perfectly high-bounce at the end of the on-side kick. After a Mills player deflected it, Anthony Lam pounced on the loose ball, giving the lions another possession at their 44. A few plays later, Nelson scrambled 21 yards to Mills’ 11 before finding Brezeale to put Galileo up for good. Jackson pulled down a corner pass for the 2-point conversion to give Galileo a 22-15 lead. Galileo wasn’t done yet. With under 2 minutes remaining before the half, Lewis would make a spectacular interception by tapping Quan’s pass back to himself and returning it 20 yards to Mills’ 14. A quick pass to Brezeale set up Nelson’s first varsity career TD run as he took it in himself from the vikings’ 3. In this defining quarter, Nelson and Lewis helped Galileo score 22 points, giving the lions a 28-15 halftime lead.

Neither team could score in the second half as the game turned into a defensive battle.

Nelson finished with 2 touchdowns and completed 17 of 35 passes. He added 10 carries for 9 yards and 1 touchdown. The 9 yards are misleading due to the sacks. On 4 carries, Fox totaled 63 yards and 1 touchdown before leaving the game in the second quarter from dizziness. Jackson led with 8 receptions for 68 yards with a 2-point conversion reception. Brezeale had 4 catches for 28 yards.

Lewis had an all-around game that included; 7 tackles, 1 interception and 98 all-purpose yards. Sophomore linebacker, Terrell Jeffrey led with 10 tackles and had the lions’ only sack. Ed Luu, Andrew Lei, and Adam Chen added 8 tackles each.

Joshua Lu Finds Chemistry with Khalil Rodriguez but Defense Fails in Rout

Sep­tem­ber 1, 2011 @ Mills
Galileo FS 00–15 15
Mills FS 38–19 57

Mills had a huge day running the ball, dominating the young lions around the edges. With 9 out of 11 players in their first football game, Galileo didn’t stand a chance against the vikings tough run-block and physical play. The lions surrendered big plays but none bigger than the 99 yard touch down run when seemingly, the lions had the vikings pinned for a possible safety on a succession of good defensive plays. Offensively, Joshua Lu found a favorite target in running back, Khalil Rodriguez to help engineer a drive that was impressive enough to get the lions 5 yards from their first score. A costly fumble ended that drive. Galileo did not score until the second half but Mills had already ran off 38 unanswered points.

Sophomore quarterback, Lu shined brightest for the lions; despite an inexperienced line, Lu was still able to accumulate 336 total yards, 100 coming from 6 kick returns. On the ground, Lu carried the ball 16 times for 125 yards and 1 touchdown. In the air, he was 6 of 9 for 111 yards and 1 touchdown. Rodriguez hauled in 4 catches for 87 yards and was at the end of the only touchdown reception.

Adam Vu, Jamari Hilliard, and Jose Gato had 3 tackles each.

Photos by Whitney Lao