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'More Than Just A Game': Garfield To Play Roosevelt

  • By Johnny Artiga
EAST LOS ANGELES - 11/3/10 - The football game of the year in the Eastern League involving the Garfield High Bulldogs and the Roosevelt High Ruff Riders, better known as "The East Los Angeles Classic," is finally here.

For those of you not aware of what is at stake, here is a brief summary on what "The Classic" is all about.

Considered one of the biggest rivalries in CIF Los Angeles City Section - and even west of the Mississippi River - Garfield and Roosevelt square off every year in a battle for East Los Angeles bragging rights.

Both schools were among the first to be established in the East Los Angeles area, making them the only schools since 1925 to participate in this classic matchup. Roosevelt took last year's matchup, 23-20, and leads the all-time series, 40-29, with 6 ties.

More important than the actual game are the bragging rights the winner will acquire. "This is more than just a game, it's a tradition and we enjoy every minute of it." said Greg Garcia, game day announcer for the Bulldogs.

Garfield enters the game with a 4-4 overall record and 3-0 and Eastern League play, while Roosevelt is 5-3 and 2-2.

Garfield will be holding a prep rally this Thursday at Garfield High School to get ready for the 25,000 or so fans expected at this year's game, which will be held Friday night at 7 p.m. at East Los Angeles College's Weingart Stadium.

So come and join in on this Eastside-but-West-Coast tradition!

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