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Roosevelt and Garfield high schools prepare for East LA Classic

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Longtime football rivalries the Garfield High Bulldogs and the Roosevelt Rough Riders will duke it out in this Friday's East L.A. Classic. Corey Moore/KPCC

Think of high school football and what comes to mind? Texas, right? "Friday Night Lights" maybe?  

Here in LA we've got our own version of high school gridiron iconography: the East LA Classic.

It's a huge rivalry game between Roosevelt and Garfield high schools. Since 1925, the two schools have battled it out in one of the biggest games west of the Mississippi. Garfield won the last three match ups, but Roosevelt is ahead in the all-time record books. This year, to up the ante, Nike jumped in and sponsored the two schools' equipment for this game.

For some perspective from both sides of the field, we first welcome in Chris Campos, the senior middle linebacker and a third generation player for the Roosevelt Rough Riders.
 

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