In an attempt to avenge last year's 28-16 loss to the Roosevelt Ruff Riders, the Garfield Bulldogs came out on a mission winning this year's matchup, 13-3, Friday night at East Los Angeles College in a CIF City Section Eastern League game.
With around 20,000 plus fans divided between both schools, the scene was set for another memorable classic.
The Bulldogs prevailed offensively, totaling 332 yards, 233 on the ground and 99 through the air, overcoming two interceptions and a fumble. Their running attack came on an outstanding effort on behalf of Lance Fernandez, who totaled 171 yards on 22 carries and was later honored as "Player of the Game."
As for Roosevelt, the Ruff Riders were unable to find their offensive prowess, totaling 142 yards, 70 on the ground and 72 in the air.
The Bulldogs drew blood first, scoring on a six-yard pass from Nicki Peralta to Moses Saucedo.
The Ruff Riders countered that touchdown with a 25-yard field goal to end the half, which made it 7-3.
The Bulldogs then scored their final points midway through the third quarter in fascinating fashion with senior quarterback Leonardo Vaal connecting on a 37-yard pass to Steven De La Torre, which gave the Bulldog's a 10-point cushion. The Bulldogs "Perro Defense" took care of the rest.
Tradition is remarkable between the schools. "The losing principal has to attend the winning school this upcoming Monday and admit which school is the better of the two, wearing the winning schools colors," said Garfield Principal Huerta. "Out of all the classics I've been a part of, this one is by far the best because this time around I'm the principal."
Congratulations to Huerta and the rest of the Garfield High supporters. You can bet that Roosevelt has their calendar circled for next year's matchup.
The Bulldogs improved their record to 5-4 overall and to 5-0 in league play. As for Roosevelt, the Ruff Riders dropped to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in league.
Next week Garfield will face off against South East High, which will be a battle of top teams in Eastern League play. The league title is on the line and Garfield senses a perfect season in league.
Game time is at 7 p.m. on Nov.12 at Garfield High School.