By Ryan Kuhn
Galileo Academy’s offense wasn’t any worse for wear with its leading rusher, Ronzel Fox, stuck on the sideline on Friday.
Fox was suspended for the game for being involved in an altercation on campus earlier in the week, but the Lions passing attack more than made up for the loss in a 35-12 win over visiting Burton in both teams’ Academic Athletic Association opener.
Galileo sophomore quarterback Kyle Nelson threw for a season-high 300 yards and five touchdowns, all of which came in the first half, to give the Lions (3-1, 1-0) a 35-0 halftime lead.
“It was the best game of my life,” Nelson said. “It feels great and I just played my game.”
Galileo head coach Mark Huynh said is seeing improvement in his young quarterback every single day.
“He has stepped up and been more mature with less bad body language,” Huynh said. “He has started to pick himself up, no matter what happens, and that has helped our offense a lot.”
Taking the field for the opening drive with an option offense up its sleeve, Burton (0-2, 0-1) traveled down to the Galileo 14-yard line but was intercepted by Galileo safety Liam Ford.
From there, the Galileo offense took over.
Nelson was on the field for just two plays when he found running back Dontell Jackson for a 78-yard touchdown pass.
After a Burton turnover on downs with 11:45 remaining in the second quarter, Nelson connected with wide receiver Sebastian Brezeale as he sprinted down the sideline for an 85-yard score to extend the Galileo lead.
What hurt the Burton offense most was three lost fumbles.
“Our center was pumped up and emotional, so next thing you know the ball is flying out of his hands,” Rollins said. “At the same time he is a fullback. Our center, Arthur Delacruz, got injured, so it’s a learning experience.”
Galileo continued pouring on the points when Nelson threw three more touchdowns in the second quarter. One went to running back Delfonse Lewis and another two went to Jackson, who finished the game with 168 yards receiving.
Even though the Lions won by a comfortable margin without Fox, Huynh said he was fine with his running back’s suspension and the team stepped up to fill the void.
“It wasn’t like he made a bad decision, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Huynh said. “It was good for the team because we talked about decision making. That’s part of them maturing and growing up.”
G: 3:54 — Dontell Jackson 78-yard pass from Kyle Nelson (kick failed)
G: 11:41 — Sebastian Brezeale 85-yard pass from Nelson (Nelson run on conversion)
G: 9:49 — Jackson 36-yard pass from Nelson (Nelson kick good)
G: 3:36 — Delfonse Lewis 34-yard pass from Nelson (Nelson kick good)
G: 2:01 — Jackson 54-yard pass from Nelson (Nelson kick good)
B: 9:59 — Semi Cofe 7-yard pass from Alan Abilar (conversion failed)
B: 0:16 — Abilar 32-yard punt return (conversion failed)