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Top high school games: Garfield vs. Roosevelt, Hart vs. Valencia

Roosevelt is led by running back Gilbert Herrera in the East L.A. Classic. Valencia QB Sean Murphy and Hart counterpart Brady White could be in for a duel.

Eric Sondheimer

October 26, 2012

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Friday's games

Garfield (3-5, 3-1) vs. Roosevelt (8-1, 5-0) at East Los Angeles College, 7:30 p.m. (Time Warner Cable Deportes): After a week of rallies, banquets and distractions, the players finally get to focus on trying to win an Eastern League championship. Roosevelt, led by versatile running back Gilbert Herrera, has the more consistent offense. Garfield will need players to step up on both sides of the ball to have a chance for the upset in this always memorable rivalry game. The pick: Roosevelt.

Newhall Hart (7-1, 3-0) at Valencia (5-3, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): Senior quarterback Sean Murphy of Valencia is coming off a 473-yard, six-touchdown passing performance against Canyon. Sophomore QB Brady White of Hart passed for 390 yards and three touchdowns against Saugus. If either comes through with a duplicate performance, it could decide the Foothill League title. The pick: Hart.