The Los Angeles High School varsity football team won the CIF Div. III Championship on Dec. 6 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, marking the first time the team has accomplished the feat since 1965.
The L.A. High Romans beat the Monroe High School Vikings by a score of 22-14. Coach Eric Scott, who is in his first season at L.A. High School, said he always believed the players could become champions, and they only needed guidance and encouragement. The Romans never lost the lead during the championship game.
“It’s huge,” Scott said. “Considering the last time they won was forty-nine years ago, I’m ecstatic.”
Scott said the Romans were ahead by a score of 22-7 at halftime, and the Vikings started the second half by scoring a touchdown that brought the score to 22-14. During the third quarter, the Romans’ quarterback fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Vikings, but a penalty was called on the Vikings and the Romans retained possession. The score then remained the same through the end of the game.
“I am very happy for the school and the team,” Scott added. “They showed up every day and worked their tails off. It’s pretty amazing.”
Joyce Kleifield, executive director of the Harrison Trust, an organization supporting L.A. High School on Olympic Boulevard, said she was thrilled about the football team’s win, and added that they weren’t the only winners that day. The school’s marching band and color guard also took top honors at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Band and Drill Team Div I Championship on Dec. 6 at East Los Angeles City College, and L.A. High School’s special education students also won the LAUSD championship in soccer.
“It was the band’s twenty-fifth consecutive win, and our special education kids also won the city championship, so it was one amazing weekend,” Kleifield said. “One of the things we want to highlight with the wins is all of the positive things going on at L.A. High. We really want people to come and take a look at what L.A. High is all about.”
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