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Riders Win Final League Game On Senior Appreciation Day

Much On The Line In Garfield Game – Playoffs Front & Center


(East Los Angeles, CA/Boyle Heights) November 4, 2021 [Special Note From The Editor]: With sincerest apologies to all of our fans, we are now releasing content that has been backlogged due to various situations experienced within my production chain. We now bring you the Roosevelt vs. Bell game. This game will be followed by our presentation of the recent 86th Edition of the “East L.A. Classic” by late this weekend or early next week. Thanking you in advance for your patience and your loyal following. 



{Game Preview}  The final home football game, appropriately titled “Senior Appreciation Day,” for the seniors in their final appearance as members of the Roosevelt Rough Riders, came on a regular Friday date, but one big difference in the day’s routine, was that the “kick-off” would be at 4:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm. Nonetheless, the seniors and their teammates all made the best of the moment and were graciously and proudly honored by their classmates, their families, Coaches, and fellow teammates. The opponents in this Eastern League match-up were the Bell Eagles who came into the contest with a record of (1-4) in league play.


{Game Summary} The Riders at (2-2) in Eastern League play, came into the game looking to rebound from the bitter and heartbreaking loss taken in the South Gate game. And, we might add, all of this game would be needed in preparation for the final game of the regular season against their longtime, and traditional rivals, the Garfield Bulldogs.


To the game we go and the 1st quarter scoring featured some big plays by several players. With (8:33) left, #9/Alex Arroyo was credited with every linebacker, cornerback, safety, and down linemen’s dream, a “Pick-6!” He earned a run-back of 30 yards for the score. Julian Quezada added the 2-point conversion for an early (8-0) lead. Then perhaps with an eye to the Garfield game, Coach Parral tested his place-kicker, #23/Angel Nolasco when he called on him for a 38 yard attempt. It was good and came with just (:38) seconds left to play in the period. The score moved to (11-0), Roosevelt.


In the 2nd quarter, the ground game got going and Quezada scored on an 8 yard “toss-right” and the 2 point conversion was added to the totals, making it now Riders  19  Bell 0. The TD came at the (3:00) minute mark.


(HALFTIME SCORE): Roosevelt  19  Bell  0


The 3rd period was a busy one for the Riders as many, many players were all taking part in the game action. At the (9:19) mark, wearing jersey #44, senior WB/TE/SS/Carlos Velasquez, put on a dazzling display of a 45 yard open field TD run. The score jumped to (27-0) at that point with the addition of the 2 point conversion. It was followed at the (6:11) mark, when WB/Johan Alfaro got into the official scorebook when he completed a 30 yard pass Wingback Pass Option (WPO) to a wide-open Julian Quezada for the TD. The 2-point conversion was once again successful moving the score up to (35-0). Then, it was the student-body favorite, Velasquez, who came up with his second “Big Play” of the game when he looked up and saw a “Pick-6” pass coming directly to him. He complied with the moment and ran it back some 35 yards, at (3:22) for the TD giving the Riders an insurmountable (41-0) lead.


The final quarter produced one more TD, and another “Big Play” it was, his third of the game. This time,Velasquez returned a backward thrown pass that hit the ground and was still “Live.” He darted in, scooped it up, went off-to-the-races, and sprinted untouched for 60 yards at the (5:00) minute mark left in the game. The 2 point conversion was missed. After the game, the team concluded its celebration of the win with the full acknowledgement and appreciation of its fifteen seniors while the stadium stands were still filled with its excited student-body, administrators, teachers, parents, family members, coaches and classmates. 


(FINAL SCORE): Roosevelt 47  Bell  0


Coach Parral and his coaching staff were very glad at that outcome as many reserve players were able to get that most important (PT) Playing Time in League play and just before next week’s “East L.A. Classic” scheduled for 10/29/21. With this win, the Rough Riders improved their regular season overall record of (6-3). Their CIF/L.A. City Section Eastern League record after this game was (3-2). (Next Up): Garfield and the East L.A. Classic.



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