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Sunday, September 20, 2015
FOOTBALL:Garfield shakes off the rust and rival Lodi
|Lodi's Steven Villa.
LODI – Although Garfield was 1-0 going into Saturday's game, it had been nearly three weeks since the Boilermakers had last seen any game action. After being awarded a forfeit victory last week over Ridgefield, which dropped its varsity football program, they had to get themselves mentally ready for archrival Lodi. After shaking off the cobwebs the Boilermakers got on track late in the first half before holding off a late charge. Alex Victorino hit Matt Wierzba for a 51-yard strike to open the scoring and Aveon Irving added a 33-yard TD run in the final 5:35 of the first half. Those scores held up as Garfield recovered an onside kick and got a key run from Victorino on third-down in the final minute to secure a 14-6 triumph on the road at Lodi High School. “I thought we'd be able to throw all over them, but Lodi has a great defense and I was definitely frustrated in the first half,” said Victorino. “We had to trust each other to make big plays. When we needed to step up, everybody pitched in to get us going.” MORE...
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