Behind three touchdowns and a game-high 146 yards rushing from electrifying junior running back Quincy Nelson, Galileo defeated Lowell 38-14 in the semifinal round of the San Francisco Section playoffs on Thursday.
“He has the speed and is surprisingly strong and hard to bring down,” Galileo coach Mark Huynh said. “Teams key on him, but we have other guys who step up. They worked hard and did what they were supposed to do.”
Nelson was the main offensive threat for the Lions, scoring on runs of 10, 28 and 17 yards.
“He’s the best back in The City,” Lowell coach Danny Chan said. “Colleges should be looking at him. And he’s a junior, too, so we gotta chase that guy around next year.”
Nelson broke five runs of over 15 yards and was often untouched before he reached the Cardinals secondary.
“I just told my offensive line, ‘Just to give me one block, and I can do the rest,’” Nelson said.
Galileo advances to the Turkey Bowl on Thanksgiving Day to play for The City’s football title.
Although the final score was lopsided, Lowell appeared to be in control early when it recovered the opening onside kick and ran the ball at will on a nine-play scoring drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Ronald Ng to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
But after the opening scoring drive, the Galileo defense was dominant, holding Lowell to just 121 yards of total offense for the remainder of the game.
“We made adjustments with personnel [after the opening drive] and we came back and they stepped up,” Huynh said.
The Lions defense also forced two turnovers and three Cardinals turnover-on-downs.
“They knew what to do to stop us,” Chan said. “They played hard and took advantage of their opportunities. They’re bringing Galileo back. They win with style.”
Galileo answered quickly on its first drive, on Nelson’s first touchdown, and rattled off 38 unanswered points to take a dominating 38-6 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Not to be overshadowed, Galileo quarterback Dylan Nelson was efficient and explosive behind center, throwing for 80 yards and two touchdowns on 3-of-6 passing, including a 40-yard strike to Waynelle Buckner to put the game out of reach with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter. Dylan Nelson also had 54 yards and a touchdown rushing on 13 carries.
Lincoln 40, Washington 21
Lincoln will be seeking its fifth consecutive Turkey Bowl championship, after the Mustangs dispatched
Lincoln was led by senior running back Eric Beverly, who had a season-high 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 32 carries.
The Mustangs racked up 513 yards rushing, and avenged the 10-0 loss that Washington delivered them in October.
The Eagles held Beverly to just 97 yards in their first meeting.
“We’re playing really well at the right time,” Lincoln coach Phil Ferrigno said. “We beat them pretty handily.”
WHO: Lincoln (6-6) vs. Galileo (8-3)
WHEN: Thursday, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Kezar Stadium
STREAK: Lincoln has won the past four Turkey Bowls