By Jeremy Balan
The pregame atmosphere of the Galileo-Lincoln football game on Friday afternoon felt like a big-time matchup.
There were busy streets, a sizable crowd and several fly-overs by the Blue Angels for Galileo’s homecoming game with the Mustangs, but one integral piece to any athletic event was missing — the game officials simply didn’t show up.
After an hour delay, the game was postponed and will now be played Saturday at 2 p.m., in the middle of ongoing Fleet Week festivities. The freshman/sophomore game, originally scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln, will also be moved to Galileo at 11 a.m.
According to San Francisco Section commissioner Don Collins, the Northern California Football Officials Association, which the section uses to schedule Academic Athletic Association games, is responsible for the mistake.
“Obviously the officials from time to time, like anyone else, make an error,” Collins said. “We haven’t had a problem with them in 10 years. It was a 100 percent, now it’s 99 percent.”
The San Francisco Section is still scrambling to secure confirmations from the referees for the rescheduled games and also has to find security, medics and trainers for the game on a single day’s notice. According to Collins, the extra costs incurred from the rescheduling could be coming out of the NCFOA’s pocket.
Both coaches weren’t sure how the postponement would impact their teams.
“I told my guys that it doesn’t matter when we play. They believe that and we’re fine,” said Lincoln head coach Phil Ferrigno. “Hopefully we can play really well tomorrow, but we’re always looking for that anyway, so it doesn’t really matter if it’s on a Friday or a Saturday. I was just really looking forward to seeing a really good high school football game today.”
“Thinking about the way we warmed up today, with homecoming, everyone was hyped,” added Galileo head coach Mark Huynh. “The dance is tonight and now the kids are upset, so that’s disappointing.”
The rescheduled game could also impact Galileo’s game with Lowell Thursday, as the San Francisco Section has a rule that requires five days between football games. Collins said he would wave the rule, if Galileo agrees. The state rule only limits playing more than two games in an eight-day period.
The Thursday game is scheduled to be played at School of the Arts due to the new Lowell field’s ongoing construction. The game could be moved to Friday, Oct. 14 if Lowell’s field is ready, but can’t be played on Friday at School of the Arts due to a conflict with the already-scheduled Marshall-Balboa game on that day.
Moving the game to Saturday, Oct. 15 would also cause a conflict because Galileo is playing on Thursday again the following week against Mission.