Football: Making the City Section look good [Video]
For all of the negative stories involving the City Section and the Los Angeles Unified School District, it's time to celebrate the positive.
Former Crenshaw running back De'Anthony Thomas is a Heisman Trophy candidate at Oregon and had a spectacular 73-yard punt return for a touchdown Saturday against Colorado.
Narbonne is 9-0 and ranked as one of the top teams in California.
And most importantly, there were more than 15,000 fans who filled East Los Angeles College on Friday to watch Garfield defeat Roosevelt, 7-0, and witness two rival communities show class and respect.
After the game, players shook hands, prayed together and traded decals.
"It was the classiest game," Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez said. "It was so much respect by both communities. It was beautiful. I was blown away."
Garfield started the year 0-5 playing such teams as St. Bonaventure and Huntington Beach Edison. The alumni were not happy.
"Everyone was questioning, 'Why are we playing these teams? Are we a Division I team?' You name it, they said it," Hernandez said.
But after a win over Roosevelt, the alumni were thrilled.
"They are finally happy with me," Hernandez said.
Even his wife, Martha, a Garfield grad, was satisfied.
"It's the most important thing to her," Hernandez said.
Yes, beating Roosevelt means something to a Garfield grad. But Hernandez was out in his backyard on Sunday having to sweep the yard.
There are some things that not even a win over Roosevelt gets you out of.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Members of Garfield and Roosevelt get together.