Breaking a 10-year-losing streak, the Roosevelt High School Rough Riders beat their longtime rival Garfield Bulldogs 22-19 in the East LA Classic homecoming game played Friday at East Los Angeles College.
The Los Angeles Times reported it was “one of the most intense games” in the history of the Classic:
Hundreds of students charged the field at East Los Angeles College once the clock showed zeroes, pandemonium erupting in a long-awaited victory for the Rough Riders, who had lost 10 consecutive games to the Bulldogs.
Roosevelt dominated the first half, thanks in part to Senior running back Julian Quezada who scored two touchdowns. Garfield’s offensive activated in the third quarter and pulled within three points of Roosevelt, but an interception by Senior Carlos Velazquez with two minutes in the clock saved the win for the Riders.
This year’s Classic earned increased attention this year after it had to be suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. Roosevelt’s win was celebrated on social media by the Rough Rider community:
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