Garfield 1 Win From First Trip to City Sec. Div. 1 Championship

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Garfield High School is a victory away from reaching the City Section Division 1 championship game for the first time in school history. But the Bulldogs will have to get by top seed San Fernando to get there.

The fourth seed Bulldogs (7-5 overall) and Tigers (10-2) square off at 7 Friday night at San Fernando with the winner advancing to the City championship game Dec. 2 at El Camino College in Torrance.

Both teams have looked impressive in the playoffs. Garfield defeated El Camino Real, 36-7 in a quarterfinal last Friday and beat Taft, 43-7 in the first round. San Fernando has victories over Arleta, 54-0 and Hawkins, 46-0.

Garfield High School wide receiver Jalen Lawrence breaks into the open field enroute to a 21-yard reception during the second quarter of last Friday’s City Section playoff quarterfinal. Garfield beat El Camino Real, 36-7. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Garfield High School wide receiver Jalen Lawrence breaks into the open field enroute to a 21-yard reception during the second quarter of last Friday’s City Section playoff quarterfinal. Garfield beat El Camino Real, 36-7. (Photo by Mario Villegas)

Moreover, San Fernando has lived up to its No. 1 seeding during a season in which the Tigers have been highly productive on offense and dominant on defense. They have shut out six of their 12 opponents and have limited them to only 74 points.

“They’re an extremely talented team,” Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez said. “They have two really good running backs and they use two different quarterbacks. One of them is a talented passer and the other is a scrambler. They have a great defensive line that is probably the best we’ll face all year.”

Garfield annually plays a rugged nonleague schedule and this year was no exception as the Bulldogs lost four of their five games before Eastern League play started to teams that all advanced to the playoffs, including Crenshaw, the second seed in the City Open Division.

“This is going to be our biggest test of the year,” Hernandez said. “But we’re battle tested and looking forward to see how well those nonleague tests helped us get ready to play in the playoffs.”

Garfield and San Fernando are meeting in the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Bulldogs scored a mild upset in the first round in 2016 when as the 10 seed they beat the seven seed Tigers, 35-28 at San Fernando.

Last Friday, Moses Gonzalez scored three touchdowns to help lead Garfield to victory over El Camino Real. The senior running back rushed for 137 yards on 13 carries. Peter Jason Garcia scored two touchdowns and rushed for 70 yards on eight attempts.

Garfield High School running back Peter Jason Garcia races into the open field in last Friday's game with El Casino Real. (photo by Mario Villegas)

Garfield High School running back Peter Jason Garcia races into the open field in last Friday’s game with El Casino Real. (photo by Mario Villegas)

Quarterback Adam Polanco also had a big night for the winners. He rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries and passed for 95 yards. He completed seven of 10 passes with one interception.

Two-way standout Jalen Lawrence caught four passes for 58 yards and had a 45-yard punt return to set up a score. He also intercepted a pass.

“Jalen had an exceptional game and made some great things happen for us tonight,” Hernandez said.

Nicholas Delgadillo and Angel Reyes were credited with nine unassisted tackles and Jonathan Espinosa had eight total tackles, including six unassisted and a sack.

Playoff Roundup: Eagle Rock Is Top Seed in City Section Div. II Playoffs

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The playoffs kick off tonight for several area City Section high school football teams.

Eagle Rock is the top seed in Division II as the Northern League champions will play 16 seed Hollywood (6-4) at 7 at Eagle Rock. The Eagles are 9-1 and have won six consecutive games since losing to Fairfax. Eagle Rock completed a perfect (5-0) run through the Northern League by defeating rival Franklin, 56-7 last week.

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School quarterback Anthony Ruiz looks for a receiver in last Friday’s game against Bishop Montgomery. The Cardinals captured the South Catholic League title with the 38-23 victory. (EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School quarterback Anthony Ruiz looks for a receiver in last Friday’s game against Bishop Montgomery. The Cardinals captured the South Catholic League title with the 38-23 victory.
(EGP photo by Mario Villegas)

The Eagle Rock-Hollywood pairing will be the second meeting of the season between the teams. The Eagles won the first one, scoring a 35-0 victory over the Shieks in a Sept. 8 nonleague game.

Roosevelt (5-5) is the Division II seventh seed and will play host to 10th seed Washington (3-7). Franklin (5-5), the 14th seed, travels to third seed Reseda (9-1).

In Division I, Garfield (5-5) is seeded fourth and plays Taft (2-8), at Garfield. The Bulldogs finished second after winning four consecutive Eastern League titles.

Garfield’s record arguably is misleading. All 10 of its opponents are in the playoffs and three of them are league champions, including Crenshaw, the second seed in the Open Division.

The Bulldogs face a tradition-rich team in the Toreadors who have stumbled to a 2-8 record and are seeded 13th.

Torres (6-4) is the No. 4 seed in the Division III playoffs and will play No. 13 Jordan (5-3) at home.

The Toros are led by one of the City’s best players in running back Tiquan Gilmore, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound speedster.

Sixth seed Wilson (5-5) plays 11th seed Poly (3-7) at home. The Mules rallied to finish third in the Northern League with victories over Franklin, Torres and Lincoln.

The Southern Section playoffs involving local schools are on Friday at 7 p.m.

Schurr (9-1) is the No. 1 seed in Division 11 and faces Santa Ana Valley (3-7) at home. The Almont League champion Spartans roll into the playoffs winners of seven straight games.

Montebello (7-3) travels to play Pasadena Poly (8-1-1), the Prep League champion, in the Division 10 brackets. The Oilers finished second in the Almont League after winning the title four consecutive years.

Bell Gardens (5-5), which finished third in the Almont League, is paired with second seed Santa Ana (9-1), the Golden West League champion, in Division 12. The teams play at Santa Ana.

Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-4), which won the South Catholic League, plays Orange (8-2) at home in Division 13.

 

 

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