The Gar-Field Indians play host to the Woodbridge Vikings on Friday in the 49th clash between the two schools. This rivalry dates back to 1965 with Gar-Field leading the series 27-20-1. Woodbridge has won 7 of the last 10 games in the series but the Indians won last year’s matchup, 14-10.
The Gar-Field Indians ended the 2011 season with a 6-4 overall record. The Indians went 4-2 in district play in the Cardinal District. Junior Daniel Amendolaro will lead the Indian offense under center. Amendolaro missed the first 2 weeks of the season when senior Armand Bennett-Judd filled in for him. The Indians went on to lose the first 2 games of the season. In his first game back, Amendolaro threw for 203 yards and a touchdown in Gar-Fields rout of John Champe. Bennett-Judd rushed for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns as he started ahead of the injured Shakeem Copeland. Copeland was last year’s leading rusher in the Cardinal District and won the MVP honor in the rivalry game against Woodbridge last season. Copeland is battling with a hamstring injury that has had him sidelined the first 3 weeks of the season. Senior Xavier Roscoe will line up at the tight end position as well as lead the defense at the linebacker position.
The Woodbridge Vikings finished the 2011 season with a 4-2 record in the Cardinal District and a 6-4 overall record to just barely miss making the playoffs. The Vikings will be led on offense by sophomore Mike Majette. Majette was named the starter late in the 2011 season after Logan Farrar was moved to wide receiver. Majette threw for 619 yards and 3 touchdowns in the last couple of games of the season. As a freshman, Majette was offered a scholarship to play at the University of West Virginia. The backfield will feature a dynamic athlete at the running back position. Senior Jaylen Avent is bouncing back after a subpar junior season. Avent rushed for more yards in the season opener (186) than he did all of last season (166). Avent will also play defensive back where he was selected an All-Cardinal District selection last season. The defense will be anchored by highly touted recruit junior Da’Shawn Hand at defensive end. Senior Evrett Edwards will be at defensive back.
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