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Football: Garfield has a spirited competition

Los Angeles Garfield has a tough season opener on Sept. 3 against Southern Section power La Puente Bishop Amat at East Los Angeles College, but Coach Lorenzo Hernandez has been thrilled with the competition going on between his standout defensive end, Moses Saucedo, and an improving offensive lineman, Hasiel Santoyo.

"I had to yell at him, 'Get off the quarterback,'" Hernandez said of Saucedo. "He runs with an unstoppable motor."

As far as the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Santoyo, Hernandez said, "That kid is mean."

Santoyo keeps asking to face Saucedo in practice.

"Santoyo wants Saucedo," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said about Bishop Amat, "Sometimes we question why did we do it, but the challenge is there."

He expects a good crowd turnout since Garfield and Bishop Amat have strong fan interest.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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Coach Butler couldn't even beat Garfield's JV team. wasnt the score 49-0 halftime?

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I see Butler has a lot of time on his hands........
How many screen names does this guy have ?

Their is a cowboy in town" SHARON BUTLER"the real bulldogs.

we here at jordan know that sharon butlar will get us to the promise land.He went 7-3 in J V squad at the gate .with that alone his resume speak for it's self.The eastern league cant see him ,he my boy and we funa take this eastern league with no quetions.sipping on ole E and hanging out the window of my pizad and my boys on the roof tops with flash lights so if the game on field gets dark my boys and the ghetto bird will light the field like day light.any body needing a cell phone ask for c crazy or OG dog on the first project on the left.we have fast playas on oline they average a c note and a half so look out eastern league we funa take state with COACH.


it should be exciting to see Garfield this season especially with all their returning starters......also if it didnt get any harder but they have a scrimmage against Venice a WEEK before Bishop....soo best of luck to the 'Dawgs...!


I'm sorry if I offended you. I graduate and played at garfield in 82 and I'm a big supporter of the program. I just went to one game last year and that was the classic. The one thing i remember was how dominate Roosevelts O-line was. Im glad that was a Sr. Oline they had out there. This year when i go to the classic i hope all the Hype is true about this bulldog team. Lets win the Eastern League, Lets win the classic!! Go bulldogs.


if you call yourself a true BULLDOG fan then you would know that they were without their STARTING middle linebacker && had to put their STARTING d-end at linebacker (a position he didn't practice or played all year long) && if you really knew about ROOSEVELT u would know that their STARTING o-line were all SR's rightt.? so how can u call their o-line young & you would know most of their starters were all SENIORS compare to garfield's starting JUNIORS.! c'mon son get your facts straight.!!! GO BULLDOGS!!!!!!!


If this defensive line is so good, then why did I witness Roosevelt High school run up and down the field on these guys last year in the classic. I was sitting in the Garfield side cheering for the bulldogs and I saw their Linebackers and D-line get ran all over. Maybe they were young but they got embarrass last year. Dont get me wrong Im a Bulldog fan to the fullest i just want to remind them how hard they have to work. Cause if Roosevelt Had a Young O-line and keeps the same scheme then They should be expecting the same pounding this year. Cause if Its not broken then why fix it. All this hype you guys are getting, I hope you live up the pressure this year. Work hard Fellas!!!

Besides the obvious lack of team discipline...

Garfield has never seen a program like Bishop Amat (Maxpreps Preseason #23 in California). The closest was St. Paul the past couple of years which they lost to twice.

Last season, St. Paul beat Garfield 22-7. Bishop Amat beat St. Paul 38-6. How powerful is the Pac-5 Division? Bishop Amat got knocked out in the second round of the playoffs!

Here's a vid of St. Paul/BA game:

Of course this is a new season with new expectations but having "experienced" players returning from a team that lost to St. Paul is not very good news for Garfield as Bishop Amat has their fair share of very talented 2nd and 3rd years starters that played and beat St. Bonaventure, SO Notre Dame, and Mater Dei. BA also prefers to face bigger offensive lines as they are generally slower and BA has always relied on speed and execution rather than size. These are smart kids from a smart school with 30+ years of competing in the State of California's most difficult league (Serra) and division (Pac-5).


Bishop Amat will wipe the floor with City team Garfield regardless of the size of their players. Garfield can't throw the ball at all and Bishop will wax them.


The great thing about this Garfield team is their experience coming back this year. And their front 7 is really good. It is very strong on defense. I am still waiting to see Garfield on the offensive side of the ball. I know they will be good but I don't know where to put them in comparison to some of the other offensive teams in the Eastern league or the city. Time will tell. And that time is just around the corner.


From what I've seen this offeason I don't think any team wants to face this garfield army. They have a lot of big strong and well coached players. Should be a good game.


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