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Garfield Kicks Its Way Into Postseason

  • By Johnny Artiga
EAST LOS ANGELES - 11/12/10 - With drama circulating through Dr. La Marr Field, the Garfield High football team managed to hold off South East High Friday night, taking the CIF Los Angeles Section Eastern League finale, 22-20, on a field goal with 18 seconds left.

"I was nervous but the only thing going through my head was that I needed to win this game," said kicker Marco Arce. After three attempts and two flags the kick was up and good.

The only thing holding back the celebration was the injury of Moses Saucedo, Garfield's star defensive end, who had to be carried off the field by personnel after the field goal was kicked. "Test's still need to be done, so the severity of his injury right now is unknown," said a representative of Garfield's medical staff.

Despite multiple turnovers and mental lapses offensively, the Bulldog's defense once again limited the opposition. The Jaguars managed just 232 total yards, 191 through the air and 41 rushing. As for the Bulldog's offense, it tallied a total of 350 yards, 227 in the air and 123 rushing.

Securing a share of the Eastern League title last week against Roosevelt, the Bulldog's were looking to sweep league play with a victory over the Jaguars and they did just that. Coming into the game the Jaguars were 4-1 in league and were determined to take a share of the league title but the Bulldog's had a different plan.

The Bulldogs improved their record to 6-4 in overall play and to 6-0 in league play. As for the South East Jaguars, they dropped to 7-3 overall and to 4-2 in league.

Going into next Friday's game Garfield will begin postseason play as an eighth seed hosting Granada Hills Kennedy High.

Game time is at 7 p.m. at Garfield High School.

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