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LATimes.com: Ty'Jon Delancy, Garfield get last word again in win over Roosevelt
Backing up pregame talk, the running back powers Bulldogs to a 22-6 victory in the East L.A. Classic.
By Steve Galluzzo
November 1, 2013, 11:27 p.m.
Ty'Jon Delancy rarely stops talking, and he was quite a chatterbox before the biggest game of his life.
However, he proved he can put his money where his mouth is Friday night, rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns in 25 carries as Los Angeles Garfield retained neighborhood bragging rights over L.A. Roosevelt with a 22-6 victory in the 79th East LA Classic before an estimated crowd of 15,000 at East Los Angeles College.
The first half looked like a carbon copy of last year's epic struggle — which Garfield won, 7-0 — but the Bulldogs' offense took over in the last two quarters, and defensive lineman Eri Velasquezscored on a 35-yard interception return to clinch the win.
The victory kept Garfield (6-3, 5-0) in the driver's seat in the Eastern League, while Roosevelt (7-2, 3-2) missed a chance to move into a first-place tie. The Rough Riders still lead 40-33-26 in a series dating to 1925.
"I was expecting to come in and run right over them but they were filling gaps and made it difficult to break one," Delancy said. "I was thinking four-peat. I've never lost to Roosevelt and I didn't want to lose today."
Pulling out all the stops always adds to the drama of a rivalry game, and rarely was that more evident than on a fourth-down call late in the first quarter.
After recovering a fumble deep in its own territory, Garfield failed to gain a yard in three plays, then turned the ball over on downs when Nicky Peraltawas stopped one yard short on a fake punt at the Bulldogs' 18.
However, the Rough Riders couldn't capitalize, as quarterback David Arriaga was tackled at the line of scrimmage on fourth and two at the 10-yard line.
The defensive stand appeared to spark Garfield's offense, as Delancy culminated an 11-play, 92-yard march with a three-yard run to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. A two-point conversion pass was incomplete.
Delancy, who played slot receiver in last year's Classic, scored his 19th touchdown of the year on a one-yard run to increase the Bulldogs' lead to 12-0 on their first drive of the second half.
"I tried to take it to the house each time I touched it." Delancy said. "I broke a long one on the first play of the game but it was called back on a clipping penalty. I tried to keep my feet moving to pick up as many extra yards as I could."
Roosevelt pulled to within 12-6 on Arriaga's one-yard keeper late in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs made it a two-possession game again with a 21-yard field goal by Aaron Rochaearly in the fourth quarter.
Arriaga, trying to erase the memory of last season's gut-wrenching Roosevelt defeat, rushed for 73 yards in 25 carries and completed nine of 18 passes for 63 yards. Older brother Daniel Arriaga rushed 13 times for 102 yards for Roosevelt.
"No. 9 [Delancy] was good and we couldn't stop him," said Daniel Arriaga, a senior receiver who did most of his damage Friday at the running back position. "I played against them in Pop Warner and it hurts a lot to lose twice to them [in high school]. They're a good team and when they scored first in the second half it put us too far behind."
Garfield wraps up the regular season next week against Bell, then sets its sights on the City Section Division I playoffs, where Delancy hopes the Bulldogs get a second crack at Venice, which routed Garfield, 47-12, in September.
"Our goal is to be back here in December for CIF and I hope we see Venice," Delancy added. "I'd like to play them one more time."
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WaveNewspapers.com: Defense keys Garfield win over Roosevelt
Garfield High School tailback TyJon Delancy leaves a Roosevelt defender in his wake on this gain in the East L.A. Classic. Delancy rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated Roosevelt, 22-6.
Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 12:23 pm
By Ron Guild, Sports Editor
Eri Velasquezhad never before had an interception. He never scored a touchdown, either.
The senior defensive lineman, with some help from his cousin Emiliano Aguiar, took care of both on the same game-turning play Friday in the East L.A. Classic.
Velasquez’s 45-yard interception return with 5:14 remaining effectively clinched a 22-6 victory for Garfield High School over Roosevelt in front of approximately 15,000 fans at East L.A. College in the 79th playing of the Eastside rivalry.
“My cousin put the pressure on him (Rough Rider quarterback David Arriaga) when he was going to throw and that’s when I saw it my hands and started running with it,” Velasquez said.
It was plays like that which helped the Bulldogs (6-3, 5-0) consistently frustrate the normally high-powered offense of Roosevelt (7-2, 3-2).
The Rough Riders threatened to score on a number of occasions, twice in the first quarter, only to continually come up short.
Garfield did it with a solid defensive effort against the Arriaga brothers — quarterback David and running back Daniel.
They got their yards (Daniel carried 14 times for 109 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards, and David had 128 yards on the ground, but only one touchdown).
“We knew he was the guy we had to stop,” Velasquez said of David Arriaga. “Once we stopped him, I knew we were in a good position to win. That’s pretty much what we did.”
“I thought we did a good job defensively,” Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandezsaid. “In some aspects, we struggled offensively, but Roosevelt had something to do with that.”
Neither team was able to sustain much against the opposing defenses.
Tailback TyJon Delancyscored TDs on three- and one-yard runs and finished with 119 yards on 26 carries, but they were well-earned yards.
“I had a kind of hard time because of the way they were filling in the gaps,” Delancy said of the Rough Rider defense. “I have to give it to number 30 (linebacker Chris Campos). He was doing his stuff.”
Delancy’s first TD ended an 81-yard drive early in the second quarter. A 36-yard pass from Ausencio Navarro to fullback Frankli Roblesand a 15-yard facemask penalty at the end of the play put them in position to take the 6-0 lead.
His second TD capped a 45-yard drive that began after a short Rough Rider punt.
Roosevelt closed the gap to 12-6 on David Arriaga’s one-yard sneak with 1:42 left in the third quarter. Daniel Arriaga’s 31- and 10-yard runs set up the TD.
A failed onsides kick gave the Bulldogs a short field and they took advantage with a 22-yard field by Aaron Rocha with 10:19 remaining.
Roosevelt coach Javier Cid lamented the missed opportunities.
“We were our own worst enemies a lot of the time,” he said. “We just had problems executing at times.
“There were times when our quarterback didn’t connect when we need him to and that hurt us a lot. What killed was not making the extra point. Then at the end, we’re at the one-yard line and just need a quarterback sneak, and we don’t get in. Those things hurt.”
Making East L.A. Proud
LATimes.com: Six touchdowns for Garfield's Ty'Jon Delancy [Video]
Ty'Jon Delancyof Garfield is known for talking nonstop, so imagine what he might be saying after he rushed for 296 yards and scored six touchdowns on Friday night during a 57-33 victory over South Gate.
Garfield is all alone in first place in the Eastern League at 4-3 and 3-0 in league.
Delancy had a two-point conversion run (see video) that will have people talking.
This Is Garfield
WaveNewspapers.com: Pick six lifts Garfield past South East
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:42 pm
By Ron Guild, Sports Editor
Sophomore [Linebacker] Joseph Silva is referred to as “a special kid” by Garfield High School football coach Lorenzo Hernandez.
Off to the races
Garfield High School's Joseph Silva returns an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to help the Bulldogs defeat South East, 21-14.
He showed why Friday by providing the pivotal play in the Bulldogs’ 21-14 victory at South East that may go a long way towards who wins the Eastern League crown.
Silva’s 76-yard interception return of a Rayquan Ford screen pass broke a 7-7 tie with 9:39 remaining and Garfield (3-3, 2-0) added a needed insurance score 5:29 later when TyJon Delancy ran the ball in from nine yards out.
“Silva did a great job of reading the screen,” Hernandez said. “He practiced it. That’s just a special kid as a sophomore. He’s unbelievable.”
Even after the Bulldogs had gone up by 14 after Delancy’s second TD of the night capped a 25-yard drive that began after Cleo Session’s 50-yard punt return, they had to sweat out the final few minutes.
South East (6-1, 2-1) cut the margin to a TD on a 22-yard pass from Ford (12 of 18 for 250 yards) to Daniel Belton with 22.6 seconds left.
The Jaguars then recovered the onsides kick at the Garfield 43, giving them a few extra shots at the end zone.
But a couple of penalties pushed them out of range and the game ended with Belton being tackled at the end of a 13-yard reception.
Belton, who had five catches for 62 yards, 41 yards and a TD on 12 rushing attempts and was his usual dominating self at linebacker, came in for praise from Hernandez.
“He’s a special kid,” he said. “He plays linebacker, he plays running back, they even flex him out at flanker. He’s just incredible. What else can you say about that kid.”
After a scoreless first half, Garfield got a 64-yard kickoff return from [Isaiah Vaughn] to start the second half.
Taking possession at the Jaguar 35, the Bulldogs used seven plays (all runs by Delancy) before scoring on a two-yard run by the senior tailback, who carried 28 times for 149 yards.
“In the second half we just wanted to go back to our ground game and shove it down their throat,” Hernandez said.
South East quickly answered, going 67 yards with Belton’s two-yard run ending the drive with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
In the first half, each team had a chance to score late in the half.
The Bulldogs drove to the South East 20 before they were stalled by penalties and forced to punt.
South East got a 65-yard pass from Ford to Dae-quan Howell (four catches for 141 yards) that put the ball at the Garfield 7-yard line. But the Jaguars fumbled the ball away on the next play.
“I didn’t think we played as good as we are capable of playing,” Hernandez said. “We made a couple of dumb mistakes, so there are things we’ve got to clean up. If we don’t, we’re going to lose to a couple of teams based on our mistakes. But like any other team, I’m glad we got the win.”
He praised the play of the offensive line.
“Those were the guys that stood out for me,” Hernandez said. “That’s why we were able to pound the ball with TyJon and Franklin (Robles). Those two are a lethal combination.”
WaveNewspapers.com: Garfield's bye week includes watching USC practice
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 2:40 pm
By Ron Guild, Sports Editor
Garfield High School’s football team did more on its bye week than just practice. The Bulldogs watched USC practice.
On the first day the Trojans opened practice to outsiders following the firing of coach Lane Kiffin and the installation of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron as interim coach, the East L.A. school was granted permission to see the big boys up close and personal.
To do so, it meant coaches and players in attendance had to sign papers to be in compliance with NCAA regulations and show identification.
“It was great to see how the kids fed off the energy and how they organize practice there,” Garfield coach Lorenzo Hernandezsaid. “It was also good of the guys to see their players up close.”
A day after USC takes on Arizona at the Coliseum in Orgeron’s debut as head man, Garfield (2-3, 1-0) has a big game of its own when it visits South East (6-0, 2-0) in an Eastern League showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.
In the preseason, many thought these were the teams to beat, along with Roosevelt. The three shared the league title in 2012.
Garfield’s record is misleading in that its losses have been to quality programs St. Bonaventure, Huntington Beach Edison and Venice. The Bulldogs, coming off a bye, crushed Huntington Park, 52-21 two weeks ago.
“This is kind of a must-win because they’ve beaten us the last two years,” Hernandez said. “They completely broke us down.”
South East has been led by quarterback Rayquan Ford, who was 7 for 8 for 100 yards and three TDs and rushed for 81 yards and two more scores in the win over Jordan. Running back Martell Taylor had another 92 yards on the ground.
Linebackers Daniel Belton and Christian Ortiz are standouts on that side of the ball for South East.
Belton had 14 tackles and 4.5 sacks against Jordan. For the year he has 66 tackles (39 solo) and an interception. Ortiz had five tackles and a 45-yard interception return for a TD against Jordan.
“Ford is very elusive,” Hernandez said. “He can run and pass and the offensive line can wear you down.”
Belton is a big concern on the other side of the ball.
“He’s a very complete football player,” he said. “He’s smart. He can identify the run and the pass and is good at splitting linemen that are coming at him.”
Garfield has been getting good production from running back TyJon Delancy, who has 621 yards and seven TDs on 98 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Ausencio Navarroprovides a counter to the running game with 465 yards and four TDs through the air. He’s completed 67.1 percent of his passes.
Safety Stevie Williamsis one of the defensive leaders with three interceptions.