With elimination on the line from here on out, Garfield High took care of business Friday night against Kennedy High, roughing them up, 42-14.
The game-changing play again came on the defensive end for the Bulldogs as they continued priding themselves defensively and Friday night they showed no signs of slowing down. They made their mark, creating three fourth quarter turnovers, along with maintaining a balanced offensive attack.
The first of the three turnovers came at the 9:03 mark of the fourth when Steven De La Torre intercepted an errant pass and ran it back 25 yards to put the Bulldog's on top for good, 20-14.
Offensively the Bulldog's totaled 206 rushing yards and 106 through the air. As for the Cougar's offensive, they began on point but only managed 149 rushing yards and 83 up top.
The first round of the playoffs are over, with eight teams still looking to be crowned City Section champion. The Bulldogs (7-4) will continue their hunt for the Coliseum next week when they go into battle with top-seeded Carson High (9-2), which defeated Sylmar, 42-6 in its opening round match up.
Checking with the coaching staff on how they would motivate their squad for next week's big game, Offensive Coordinator Derek Wicks said, "If they want to see how good they really are, they are going to have to beat the best and this year Carson is the best."
Game time is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 26 at Carson High School.