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Garfield's Season Ends With Questionable Calls

  • By Johnny Artiga
CARSON - 11/26/10 - The 2010 football season ended this past Friday for the Garfield High football team, but it wasn't without a gutsy performance by the visiting Bulldogs that kept them in position midway through the fourth quarter to pull off one of the biggest upsets in school history.

In the end, though they were defeated, 29-13, by top-seeded Carson High in the CIF Los Angeles City Section quarterfinals. It was the third time in school history that the programs had met with Carson winning the previous two match ups.

This time around though there were a couple of questionable calls with none more questionable than a first down call on a quarterback keeper on a fourth-and-15 for Carson at the Garfield 25-yard line with six minutes to go in the game and Carson ahead, 15-13.

It looked as though Carson quarterback Justin Olo, who scampered and dove for the first down marker was short about a yard, but the ball was somewhat generously spotted and the chains moved.

The Colts went on to score on that same drive and went ahead for good, 22-13.

"It's unfortunate the calls went that way but in those situations you leave it up to the refs," said Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandez.

Offensively, both schools were consistent, with the Bulldogs (7-5) totaling 283 yards, 175 rushing and 108 airborne. Carson totaled 280 yards, 146 passing and 134 on the ground.

The season came down to a borderline call that went against the Bulldogs, but all in all it was an impressive performance by Garfield that had its faithful believing that an upset was possible. Despite the season ending loss it was an honor covering the Bulldog's and their "Perro Defense" the past seven weeks.

Carson High will move on to the semifinals to face Taft High, Friday Dec. 3.

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