By Jeremy Balan
MILLBRAE — To say that Galileo Academy has a a run-heavy offense would be a bit of an understatement if you saw the Lions on in their 2010 season opener.
The visiting Lions (1-0) amassed a staggering 510 rushing yards in a 41-20 victory over Mills High School of Millbrae on Friday.
“It’s not like we were doing anything special,” said Galileo head coach Mark Hyunh. “The kids on the [offensive line] just want to block.”
Standout senior running back Quincy Nelson led the way with a game-high 206 yards on 23 carries and touchdown runs of 10, 15 and 62 yards.
“I’m ready to carry that load,” Nelson said. “My coaches told me it would be a pounding and I was ready before the game started.”
Nelson is the Lions’ main offensive threat, but his impact was felt in all aspects of the game against Mills.
Along with the rushing clinic, Nelson had a sack and an interception on a two-point conversion as the team’s starting safety, took a few snaps at quarterback with the second-team once the game was out of reach and kicked an extra point.
“The extra point was my icing on the cake,” Nelson said. “Every time we go to practice, I’m saying, ‘Let me kick a field goal.’ So that was good.”
While Nelson’s play throughout was nothing short of impressive, the most spectacular play of the game came from senior quarterback Jonathan Lu.
With 10:13 remaining in the second quarter and Galileo only up 14-6, the Lions were backed up to their own 5 yard line.
In shotgun formation, Lu faked an inside handoff then burst down the left sideline, pulling away from the Mills defense for the 95-yard touchdown.
Lu ran for 145 yards on 12 carries and passed for 71 yards on 4-of-5 passing. His lone mistake was an interception.
“We knew we had break-away speed,” Huynh said of Lu. “But I was more impressed with the completions he had today. He was patient and he was controlling the team.”
While Nelson and Lu controlled most of the carries, Galileo’s rotation of wing backs were plenty explosive on their own, as Waynelle Buckner and Demarreay Greer both broke runs of 50 yards or more and Robbie Trumbo added a 29-yard jaunt.
While the potent Galileo offense was putting points on the board seemingly at-will, the defense was was doing its best to limit a pass-happy Mills offense.
The Vikings (0-1) were limited to 99 yards in the first half and 96 in the second.
Mills quarterback Brandon Berkovatz, a 6-foot-6 junior, threw for 160 yards on 16-of-33 passing, but was sacked four times and under constant pressure, sometimes forcing bad throws.
“He’s going to have to learn to throw it away or get popped,” said Mills head coach Packy Moss.
Even though the game looked unbalanced on paper, the scoreboard told a different story at the half, as Galileo only held a 22-12 lead.
Even though the result was a positive, Huynh still felt there was plenty of room for improvement.
“There were a lot of mental errors,” Huynh said. “A few guys doing the wrong things is killing us. It is the first game, so if we can fix that as soon as we can, that would really help.”
G — 9:00: Robbie Trumbo 29-yard run (Quincy Nelson run on conversion)
G — 3:47: Nelson 10-yard run (Conversion failed)
M — 3:27: Marcus Chew 67-yard kick return (Kick missed)
G — 10:13: Jonathan Lu 95-yard run (Trumbo pass from Lu on conversion)
M — 1:07: Weyland Quan 2-yard run (Conversion failed)
G — 7:54: Nelson 62-yard run (Conversion failed)
G — 6:22: Nelson 15-yard run (Conversion failed)
G — 3:24: Demarreay Greer 50-yard run (Nelson kick)
M — 1:31: Quan 14-yard run (Quan run on conversion)
Photo slideshow by AJ Canaria