By: Leo D.
In dominating fashion, the Galileo flag football team repeated as the AAA champions, beating the Balboa Buccaneers (12-0) on Saturday, April 20th. Not only does the win give the team a title defense, but also a dynasty of 3 championships in 4 years.
The game, which was played at Balboa’s field, began well for the Lady Lions. The Buccaneers were shut down offensively and were not able to move the ball the whole game, never even getting near the red zone (inside the Lions 20 yard line).
In the first quarter, the Lionesses jumped out to a lead that lasted the whole game with an early score by senior quarterback Dana L. She said, “During the play, I was super nervous seeing that we were pretty close to the goal line, but after scoring I felt excited for the rest of the game and also felt a sense of safety knowing that it was gonna be a great game.”
Holding on to their one-score lead, the Lioness’s took their lead into the second half, but were able to add to it in the third quarter, when senior running back Maati M. scored on a 30 yard run play, giving the Lions a 12-0.
The Lionness’ sealed the game late in the second half when sophomore Adamari B. caught an interception ending the Buccaneers attempt to score and any chances at a comeback. Adamari, on the interception, said, “Sierra tipped the pass, I reached for it and I just ran.”
While another championship feels great for head coach, Marcus Blacksher, he is particularly proud of the group of seniors who have been part of the team. He said, “This season was a struggle, girls fought through a lot of adversity and a lot of injuries, but at the end of the day we reached our goal, this year’s championship was a special one because of all the seniors who have been working for the past 3 years.”
Those seniors who have been part of the team the last 3 or 4 years recognize how special this team is and feel fortunate to have been a part of it. Senior receiver Divya P. said, “Ending my high school career winning champs is unbelievable and it was a crazy and intense 4 months and my time spent playing flag is priceless because you don’t get that experience anywhere else and if I could, I would go back I’d play all 4 years”
“I’m so happy that I was able to play flag football for 3 years and to win 2 championships. Bringing the trophy to the GHOUSE back to back and on my last year makes it 10 times more surreal and bittersweet. I can truthfully say that Flag Football has not only changed me physically but as well as mentally. We aren’t just teammates, we’re a sisterhood, and that’s what I cherish the most,” said senior receiver Angelique G
Senior quarterback Dana L. was very reflective in talking about her time as a flag football player. She said “Right before the game, I was hit with the realization that this was gonna be my last game after playing for four years. Flag football has probably taught me more about life than football. I have made and met the best coaches and teammates, received the best support and personally learned more about myself in how much I can handle and grow.”