The Galileo Flag football team will look to capture their 2nd championship in 3 years on Saturday, April 21st in the city championship against Lincoln after defeating Mission (6-0) in the playoffs on Wednesday, April 19th. En route to making the championship game, the Lioness dominated the competition this season with a 10-1 record, with their only loss because of an administrative forfeit due to eligibility list issues.
The strongest aspect of the team is their defense. The Lionness’ defense controls the tempo of the game with quick stops. Their defensive ends contains the players they are guarding and they play man to man against the receivers. Junior Sierra walker said, “We shut down teams offense and we try our best not to let them score runs, and the way we score is making the other teams thow pick-6’s and interceptions that builds up our momentum to score even more.”
Although the Galileo Girls Flag Football Team is coming off of a disappointing season after not making it back to the championship the year before, this year’s team returns some key faces, including juniors Dana Liu, Sierra Walker, and Angelic Garrett. They are anxious to try and win another Galileo championship, but the team is also full of new faces, many who are still learning the game, but are enjoying understanding what it means to be a team.
With all the new faces on the Lions squad, the veterans coming back from last year will be looked on to lead the team. So far, this has been exactly the case for junior and captain, Dana Liu who has played in another gear with 10 touchdowns on the season. Dana liu said, “I’m really hyped to get back to playoffs and make it to the champs, I’m just happy to be playing the sport I love with my sisters.” Although, she admits, this year has not been without its bumps. She said, “It’s been hard, especially having to carry much of the load at times, but, it’s still going well, we’re facing adversity.”
The team has been able to overcome the injuries on the field because of the close bond they share. The team isn’t just a team, they’ve become a family; becoming closer, and fighting on the field as sisters rather than just a teammate. Although they agree things have been tough, they know that in the end all of this will be worth it.
The players aren’t the only ones who have seen the team strengthened throughout the season. Head Coach, Donald Harper has seen some definite changes amongst the team. He said, “We’ve quickly progressed this season probably due to the amount of players we had from last year that transitioned to this year, but, I feel that we’re still in a good position, and as we’re coming together, the team has showed their readiness to compete for the long run.”
Coach Harper, along with assistant Coach Blacksher see the girls as something more than just players on their team. Coach Harper says, “They’re family, and having an open door policy allows our relationship to strengthen.”