Football: Mission defense dominates in 66-6 rout of Galileo

Mission junior linebacker G'Angelo Rodriguez takes down Galileo sophomore running back Dontell Jackson on Thursday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Jeremy Balan

Dominance is a term bandied about in sports, but no other word better describes what Mission High School’s defense did to Galileo on Thursday.

The Bears held Galileo to 85 total yards, forced eight turnovers and returned three interceptions for touchdowns in a 66-6 Academic Athletic Association win at Kezar Stadium.

Mission junior Brandon Torrence (right) tracks down Galileo running back Ronzel Fox on Thursday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by Devin Chen)

“I was really surprised about the outcome,” said Mission head coach Joe Albano. “Since [our first game against] Tomales, we’ve been going slowly downhill, so we’re trying to get back up.”

The Bears (5-2, 4-0) still haven’t given up a point on defense in AAA play, as Galileo’s only score came on a 91-yard kick return from junior Delfonse Lewis in the final minute of the first quarter to cut the Mission lead to 16-6.

But in the second quarter, Mission took over, scoring 28 points, all off Galileo (3-4, 1-3) turnovers, including a 38-yard interception return from junior Brandon Torrence and a 71-yard interception return from senior Davon Hargraves.

The Bears also knocked out Galileo starting quarterback Kyle Nelson in the second quarter with an apparent rib injury, sacked Galileo quarterbacks five times and forced the Lions to run a staggering 20 plays for a loss of yardage.

“It was one thing after another,” said Galileo head coach Mark Huynh. “It was just one of those days.”

The Mission offense only ran 30 plays, but capitalized on prime field position, including two touchdown runs from senior running back Algeron Malbrough, who had a game-high 113 yards on just 10 carries. Malbrough also had a 3-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

“I’ve been doing this for years, playing both ways, starting with [junior varsity],” Malbrough said. “I’ll do whatever I can to help my team.”

Mission senior running back Algeron Malbrough (left) shrugs off a Galileo defender on Thursday at Kezar Stadium. (Photo by Devin Chen)

The loss likely eliminates Galileo from the AAA playoffs for the first time in Huynh’s three-year tenure as head coach.

“We just told them that there are three more games that have to be played,” Huynh said. “We can’t even think about playoffs. Hopefully this challenges them to come back and work. Hopefully this gets the message across.”

The Bears, on the other side of the spectrum, are undefeated in AAA play, but have yet to play a team with a winning league record. That all ends next week, when they will face defending champion Washington, who will likely also be undefeated.

“We’re just looking to see how good we really are,” Albano said. “We’ve always been ahead [this season], so I want to see how we react when we go down, if it happens. We’ll see what happens when someone hits us a little bit. That’s the true test of a team.”

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
M: 5:24 — Antoine Porter 29-yard run (Davon Hargraves run on conversion)
M: 0:49 — Algeron Malbrough 19-yard run (Hargraves run on conversion)
G: 0:24 — Delfonse Lewis 91-yard kickoff return (conversion failed)

Second Quarter
M: 8:43 — Roy Sauceda 2-yard run (conversion failed)
M: 8:29 — Brandon Torrence 38-yard interception return (conversion failed)
M: 6:36 — Sauceda 10-yard run (Porter run on conversion)
M: 2:24 — Hargraves 71-yard interception return (Torrence run on conversion)

Third Quarter
M: 7:01 — Torrence 19-yard pass from Porter (Porter run on conversion)
M: 3:15 — Malbrough 3-yard interception return (Porter pass on conversion)

Fourth Quarter
M: 7:45 — Malbrough 5-yard run (conversion failed)

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24 Comments

  1. Ari Gold says:

    youre telling me that the AAA is so short on talent that they cant even find one kid in each of their schools that can kick a ball 20 yards for an extra point? thats just sorry.

    • Mission football player says:

      We have a kicker, but this week we decided to go for 2-point conversions

    • AAAfan says:

      Ari Gold is saying that it takes more talent to score 1 point than go for 2……….
      you can tell when someone is just a bandwagon fan

    • Anonymous says:

      The Bears D is so dominate they didnt even get with in 20 yards of the field goal

      • Ari Gold says:

        Jeremy, how are you letting these braindead guys comment??? Im talking about Mission extra point attempts and he’s talking about Galileo FG attempts.

        • jbalan says:

          Regardless of opinions or topics, I approve comments that are within our commenting policy.

          You got what you wanted with your comments, for people to react, and that’s fine, but why do you care if AAA teams kick extra points or not?

          • Ari Gold says:

            Jeremy its not a matter if its AAA or any team. When youre up by 38 points, its UNSPORTSMANLIKE to go for 2. They have a guy that kicks off right? The ball certainly has to travel over 20 yards on the kickoff right? If you have a guy that can do that, he can certainly kick a PAT. And if he misses thats fine. The least it shows is sportsmanship. Going for 2 when you’re up 5,6,7 TDs and dont need to is bush-league.

  2. Anonymous says:

    mission is pure dominance.

  3. Bear Backer says:

    We have a kicker in Dreon McElroy but unfortunately he hurt his ankle today rite before the 1st TD. Thank u very much.

  4. Meech says:

    No we don’t but it doesn’t matter if we didn’t have a kicker we still got the W with scoring 2 point conversation

  5. TreyDuceBuc says:

    Way to go “meech” its conversion not conversation. lol

  6. Eagle Eye says:

    Horrible Defence Gal. Enough said.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well next time don’t even watch or games or even read or talk or ask about us then really watbim saying don’t worry about us

  8. Anonymous says:

    But it’s not a kicker it’s a punter… Punters punt the dnt kick field goals

  9. City Lights says:

    I like how mission has their biggest win in YEARS and some clown talks about extra points. give the boys some credit, im not a mission fan but i hope they run the table this season and win the AAA

  10. Sag Mode says:

    WOW next weeks match up will be GOOD Mission who has not only a good QB in Hargrove or w.e his name is but also a good RB!! And on the other side will be Mabrey, McHenry AND Gevandian. Will the mission defense be strong enough to stop those 3 or will Washington just dominate mission?

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