Football: Mission takes over first place in AAA with win over Galileo

Mission running back Devonta Gaines drags a Galileo defender for extra yardage on Friday at Galileo Academy. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Jeremy Balan

There is a new king in the Academic Athletic Association, at least for now.

Mission is now sitting alone alone at the top of the league after the visiting Bears beat Galileo 42-20 on Friday.

Mission’s (5-3, 5-0) defense has been its strength all season, but it was the Mission offense, led by bruising running back Devanta Gaines, that put up a season-high 42 points.

“It feels good, but we have bigger plans,” said Mission head coach Joe Albano. “I didn’t picture this from happening at all [from the start of the season], but it’s happening. I knew my kids could be this capable.”

Gaines finished with 180 yards on 27 carries, but 116 of those yards came in the second half along with three touchdowns.

“We wanted to beat the defending champs and we showed we could do it,” Gaines said. “We didn’t have a season last year, so we’re the underdogs. I think we sent a message.”

Galileo (5-3, 4-1) actually outgained Mission 355-319, but three key Galileo turnovers often provided Mission with good field position.

“One thing we wanted to stop was the big plays and they made a lot of big plays,” said Galileo head coach Mark Huynh. “It was deflating. Those big plays killed us.”

Galileo wide receiver Waynelle Buckner goes to the air to make a catch on Friday at Galileo Academy. (Photo by Devin Chen)

The final score may also be slightly deceiving. After facing an 26-7 early third-quarter deficit, the Lions rallied back to cut the lead to 26-20 after a score from quarterback Jonathan Lu and a 45-yard touchdown run from wingback David Milburn.

Galileo even had the ball at the Mission 38-yard line early the fourth quarter, with all the momentum on its side and the lead in sight, but a Milburn fumble that was recovered by the Bears stalled the drive.

The Lions would get the ball back again after a Mission punt, but turned the ball over on downs on their next possession.

“We had a chance twice,” Huynh said. “To have the opportunity to take the lead or tie the game was all we wanted. To see them come back and do that, if they can stay positive, we’ll be all right.”

That’s when Gaines put the game away.

He took the first play following the turnover on downs 36 yards for a touchdown run. Then, after an interception by Travis Price-Moku, he struck again on the first play after the turnover, this time from 22 yards out.

The final score was decisive, but one can’t help but wonder what the game would have looked like if Galileo senior running back Quincy Nelson was on the field.

Nelson ran for over 1,600 yards prior to injuring his knee in last week’s game against Marshall. The Galileo offense was not stagnant, but lacked the big-play punch Nelson has provided all year.

“I know for sure there were a few runs out there where he would have bounced off people,” Huynh said. “We have guys that can make plays, they just need to have the confidence.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
G: 6:37 — William Kay 8-yard run (Haroon Mohammed kick good)
M: 4:03 — Jaleel Stancil 8-yard run (Conversion failed)

Second Quarter
M: 11:56 — Davon Hargraves 3-yard run (Conversion failed)
M: 8:18 — Algeron Malbrough 16-yard reception from Hargraves (Devonta Gaines run on conversion)

Third Quarter
M: 7:07 — Gaines 14-yard run (Conversion failed)
G: 3:34 — Jonathan Lu 4-yard run (Mohammed kick good)
G: 0:00 — David Milburn 45-yard run (Mohammed kick blocked)

Fourth Quarter
M: 3:00 — Gaines 36-yard run (Gaines run on conversion)
M: 2:13 — Gaines 22-yard run (Malbrough pass from Hargraves on conversion)

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13 Comments

  1. Ceddy-rum says:

    Davonta Gaines is the best running back in the city his a beast when running the ball if he got as many carries as Nelson he would be ranked num 1

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thats a joke, Quincy is a talented kid, and easily the best back in the city, no doubt about it

  3. Anonymous says:

    you guys love lookin stupid on here huh? Quincy Nelson won “back of the year” as a JUNIOR!!! he has only gotten better. and a running back should only get as many carries as nelson did if there as good as nelson. i would give quincy the ball every play if he averages 200 rushing yards a game and 8.4 yards a CARRY!! just save yourself from looking bad because you have no idea what your talking about.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Give thoughts and comments on what would have happend or what would the outcome had been if Quincy played this game?

    would he have stop all the great talk about missions deffense?
    how many yards?
    gal wins?

  5. Anonymous says:

    davonta who?? is this his first 100 yard game and he thinks he’s better than nelson? nelson is the best rb in the AAA.. not better than doom or oj but he is up there… davonta had 180 on 27 carries.. nelson would have had 270 with 27 carries. hopefully he still gets his shot at a decent college. keep your head up quincy!

  6. Anonymous says:

    vonta way better then quincy quincy just get more carries but its all over now because he cant play any more

  7. Tino says:

    AY what’s up with davon though bruh.. i see you balling out over there at mission.. i see you also the face of the misson bears football team!! i hope to see you ballin out at turkey day cuz i’m bouta be there. gains had a good game to. tell him to keep ballin but he needs to stay humble..

  8. Anonymous says:

    yawn.. davon better than quincy? dream on

  9. Anonymous says:

    5-0? oh yea i forgot what gal’s records was cus it doesn’t matter! lol

  10. Anonymous says:

    quincy is a raw individual but davonta gaines wouldnt have no problem running him over, by any means neccesary..gaines will do quincy no doubt about it!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    gaines wont have any problems run’n quincy smooth over, its not his fault he missed a butt whoopin of a life time lol

  12. Anonymous says:

    quincy is not a defense of player.

  13. Anonymous says:

    whose the fastest back in AAA this season, D.anderson from burton HS run a 4.32 40yard dash and has 4 championship in track. question is whose the fastest back in AAA, whose up to prove they’re the fastest?

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