Player of the Week: Quincy Nelson

Galileo senior running back Quincy Nelson (center) works his way through the Balboa defense on Friday at Galileo Academy. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Every Monday, we will be selecting a player of the week who shows extraordinary effort and performance on the field or court in the prior week. We will be taking nominations from coaches, athletic directors and fans. Please send potential players of the week to Player of the Week: Quincy Nelson, senior running back, Galileo football

Galileo senior running back Quincy Nelson (center) works his way through the Balboa defense on Friday at Galileo Academy. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

By Jeremy Balan

After Balboa hung around for the first half against Galileo, Nelson took over for the Lions, running for 251 yards and five touchdowns in the second half.

He finished with 349 yards and six touchdowns on 28 carries, averaging over 12 yards a carry, while playing nearly every down on defense for the Lions as a defensive back, as well as returning kicks and punts on special teams.

What was most impressive about Nelson’s performance wasn’t the 76 and 50 yard touchdown runs where he was simply faster than everyone else on the field, but the short runs that he would stretch out for extra yardage after first contact, always falling forward.

“This year he’s just so much stronger,” said Galileo head coach Mark Huynh. “In this game he really showed speed and how he can still take on the big hits and keep going.”

This is his second Player of the Week honor of the season and he appears to be the lone candidate for AAA Player of the Year, albeit still early in the league season.

We’re still working on getting some historical perspective on Nelson’s performance and where it ranks up against the City’s all-time performances (hopefully more on this later).

Honorable Mention: Jessica Nicerio, senior outside hitter, Washington girls volleyball

Washington senior outside hitter Jessica Nicerio rises up for a jump serve against Lowell at Lowell High School. (Photo by Devin Chen)

Nicerio has led the Eagles to a 3-0 record in AAA play and had a standout performance in Washington’s win over rival Lowell on Thursday.

She had 21 kills, eight digs and six aces in the win, and the Eagles sit atop the AAA standings in a three-way tie with Lincoln and Balboa.

“She is probably the best power hitter in the league,” Washington head coach Jennifer Gee said after the Eagles’ win over Lowell. “To be honest, whenever the ball was set for her, I knew we’d win the point.”

Honorable Mention: A.J. Lewis, senior wide receiver/defensive back, Riordan football

Riordan senior A.J. Lewis breaks through the St. Ignatius defense on Saturday at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Football in many ways is the ultimate team sport, but it’s hard to see how Riordan could have upset St. Ignatius without Lewis.

He was a standout in every faced of the game. On special teams he took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, on defense he returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and had a team-high nine tackles, and on offense he led a underwhelming Riordan attack with 61 yards on five receptions.

“A.J. Lewis is a big-time player,” said Riordan head coach Bryan Blake. “The kid makes big plays when everybody knows he has to make a big play. He’s a special kid.”

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3 Comments on " Player of the Week: Quincy Nelson"

  1. I am a Galileo alumni so it’s great to see a player from Gal get player of the week but I think A.J Lewis from Riordan should have won player of the week, the game he had was big on all levels of football special teams, offense and defense. Nelson ran all over Balboa no competition, but congrads to Nelson keep up the hard running.

  2. Alumni,

    This was probably our most difficult decision of the year. Both players had such an impact on each game.

  3. I agree with the player of the week.

    A. J. Lewis was already awarded the player of the week award earlier this season.

    Also there are few San Francisco running backs, who have gained 300 yards in a game in San Francisco High School History.

    If Nelson had only gained 200 to 225 yards in the game, then I would have put A. J. as player of the week, since most schools have a few player’s who have gained that many yards in a game. I know, Riordan, St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lincoln, Galileo, and Lowell would all have a few players who rushed for 200 yards in a game.

    But I think it is a very short list of player’s with 300 yard rushing games.

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