Garfield High may have had the better record, but Carson had the better team.
The Colts entered the City Section 4-A Division football playoffs with banged-up bodies and bruised egos after a challenging regular-season schedule. But the Colts did plenty to erase the pain with a 61-14 victory over host Garfield Wednesday night in a quarterfinal playoff game.
The Colts had their best offensive game of the season with 248 yards rushing and 252 yards passing. The defense held Garfield to 103 yards.
The Colts made it look easy from the start. Running back Robert Johnson scored on a 39-yard run during the fourth play of the game.
Garfield then let the ensuing kickoff bounce untouched and Carson defensive back Daks Blanks recovered the ball at Garfield 26-yard line. Three plays later, Redmond scored his first touchdown on a four-yard run and the rout began. Carson led, 34-7, at halftime and 48-7 at the end of the third quarter.
Garfield used a fake punt to set up its first touchdown. On fourth-and-22, punter Jesse Villalobos threw a 42-yard pass to Carlos Flores for a first down. On the next play, Figueroa scored on a 15-yard run and the extra point made the score 13-7. The Bulldogs' other TD came in the fourth quarter when Raul Gutierrez caught a 10-yard pass from David Villalobos.
Records: Carson 8-4; Garfield 10-2