Despite an unbalanced offensive attack that racked up 236 total yards - 187 rushing and 49 passing - the Bulldogs were able to pull away late in the third quarter with a 13-play scoring drive that carried over into the fourth quarter and was punctuated by a one-yard TD run at the 10:08 mark by starting fullback Danny Vargas.
Less than a minute later, Garfield's signature saying "perro defense," which translates into "dog-like defense," was in full effect, forcing a fumble on Jordan's own 20.
Garfield's defensive lineman Alfonso Valdes recovered a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown, which made it 21-9. Garfield then elected to go for a two-point conversion, which put the Bulldogs on top for good, 23-9.
Jordan played a decent game defensively, but like Garfield also had an unbalanced offensive attack putting up 279 total yards, 246 in the air and 33 on the ground.
Despite sloppy first half play on both sides of the ball, the Bulldogs managed to keep it close at the half going into the locker room trailing, 3-2, scoring their only points on a safety midway through the second quarter.
"It was a sloppy win, but for being the home opener, we were lucky," said Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandez. "We won't win too many games with this many penalties and turnovers. We need to show more discipline, especially next week when we face Bell."
The Bulldogs improved their record to 2-4 in overall play and to 2-0 in league play. Los Angeles Jordan dropped to 3-3 overall and to 1-1 in league play.
Next week Garfield will be visiting Bell High, which has an overall record of 4-1 and a league record of 1-0. Bell is also 3-0 at home which will make for an interesting, but challenging match up for the Bulldogs.
Game time is at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Bell High.