The Galileo football team has received numerous recognition for making history by becoming the first San Francisco team to win a football state championship. After coming home with a victory in the state title game on December 16th, the team’s honors will have have included; a school celebration luncheon on December 20th, recognition by the Board of Education on January 23rd & the team being honored at City Hall by mayor London Breed, on January 29th.
The team brought the trophy back to Galileo after winning a hard fought battle against Vincent Memorial High School (38-20) for the championship title. The Lions journey to the championship included a 9 hour bus ride down to Calexico all day Friday before the big showdown Saturday night.
Coach Mark believes that the team made it as far as they did because of collective teamwork and healthy communication with one another. “We just have a connection with each other,” said Ahmed Balwi, who plays center and defensive tackle. Ahmed also states that he was confident about the team making it since freshman year, and he always knew they had the potential to achieve this. All of the hardship and struggle that came with this football season has paid off in the end.
The game was a tale of 2 halves for the Lions. Although Galileo scored during the first drive of the game to give them the early lead, they were stifled for the rest of the half. A late 1st half interception gave Vincent Memorial a 14-8 halftime lead.
The Lions however, came out with a sense of purpose in the 2nd half as they scored 24 points within the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter to give the Lions a lead they would not let go. Although Vincent Memorial tried to mount a late comeback, the Lions defense was too strong, stopping the Vincent Memorial 1 yard from a touchdown on 4th down with 3 and a half minutes left in the game. From there, the Lions ran out the clock and the celebration began.