The Galileo and Lincoln prep football teams have not had much trouble through their first two Academic Athletic Association games this season, but when they meet on Friday afternoon, it could be the toughest challenge each has faced yet and may even be a precursor to a date on Turkey Day.
Fifty-five points were scored in last year’s affair with Lincoln coming out on top 35-20. This year’s game may have another impressive offensive showing as both teams come equipped with elite weapons.
“We’re just trying to improve every week,” Lincoln coach Phil Ferrigno said. “We’re working really hard at what we do. They cause a lot of problems, they’re a very talented team.”
Galileo (5-1, 2-0 AAA) has been about as impressive as any team could be. The Lions have won five straight and have been led by an explosive offensive attack.
“We have a lot of skilled guys and it’s tough for defenses to match up with them,” Galileo coach Mark Huynh said. “Because [defenses] can’t do that, our quarterback, Kyle, has done a very good job finding the weaknesses in their defense.”
Senior quarterback Kyle Nelson has thrown for 1,372 yards and 18 touchdowns on the young season. Running back Ronzel Fox has also had quite the year. He has 653 yards and 11 scores.
The Lions are averaging 51.3 points per game and have not scored fewer than 36 this season.
“Last year’s game was close until the end,” Huynh said. “We were able to put up points last year but the challenge is to stop Lincoln’s two running backs.
“We’ve been very good with forcing turnovers, so we’re hoping to keep that streak going.”
Lincoln’s running duo of Tyree Marzetta and Davion Telfor has combined for 1,244 yards and 12 touchdowns. On top of that, the defending league champions might be one of the few teams who can slow Galileo down.
The Mustangs (2-3, 2-0) have used their running game to keep the opposition off the field and have not allowed more than two touchdowns in the last month.
“We’ve got to keep them underneath us, make sure they don’t get any big plays, make sure they don’t get into a rhythm,” Ferrigno said. “We need to play our hearts out and hopefully that will be enough. They’re going to score. Hopefully they don’t score in bunches.”
The Mustangs have allowed 12 points in the last two weeks combined and all of them came in last week’s game against rival Lowell. It seems the Lincoln defense has turned a corner.
“Defense is all about effort and making sure you don’t stop and we’re getting better at that,” Ferrigno said.