The Galileo football team claimed their 18th Championship in school history, defeating Mission, 50-28, on December 2, 2017. Before the game tensions were already running high due to an altercation between the 2 teams in their last meeting, which ended in an incident where Mission football players ran on to the Galileo sideline.
Galileo jumped on Mission from the beginning of the game. Galileo stopped the Mission offense, leading to a Galileo to score. After the Lions recovered an onside kick, they scored again pushing their lead at the end of the 1st quarter to 16-0.
The Lions continued to pound Mission in the 2nd quarter. After junior linebacker, Antonio McBride, scored on a pick 6, the Lions route for a ring was on. The Lions scored again when senior wide receiver, Erasmo Rivas, caught a pass from senior quarterback, Adrian Poot, making the score to 30-0. Senior defensive end, Jackie Guo, finished the scoring in the 1st half for the LIons with an interception and 59 yard run for another touchdown. Although Mission tried to fight back in the 2nd half it was too little, too late.
Head coach Mark Huynh, who captured his 3rd city championship with the win, was excited for the team. “This Galileo championship was very special to our program,” explained Coach Mark, adding, “It was great to see our seniors and the new coaching staff win their first varsity championship, versus such a competitive team.”
Along with Coach Mark, the players were elated at winning. “All our hard work finally paid off. It feels great to win a championship with my brothers, “said Adrian. Sophomore RB/LB Yarvell Smith added, “It feels great to win a championship, and since I’m only a sophomore its going to be one of many I’m gonna get.”
While the team is happy to win the championship, the team is also locked in and focused on their upcoming state playoff game on Saturday December 9th versus Rio Vista High School. “Our whole team is ready for the game and we are confident that we can win this game. I’m not satisfied with just a city champion, we are going all the way.”
This will be the first time the Lions will appear in the NorCal State football championship semi-finals. If the Lions beat Rio Vista, they will move on to the California state championship next Saturday, Dec 16th in Southern California.