This Thanksgiving is completely different for Garfield’s Jayden Barnes and his household

The Barnes home is getting ready for its annual Thanksgiving actions. The seven girls and boys, ranging in ages from 22 to six, take part in road soccer exterior their house in Compton, with father Jamaal and mom Leslie serving because the quarterbacks.

“Hopefully they’ll forfeit so I’ll proceed to be Thanksgiving champion,” stated Jamaal, the basketball coach at Garfield Excessive.

“This home could be very aggressive, it doesn’t matter what it’s,” stated Jayden, a junior receiver and defensive again for Garfield’s soccer staff. “He by no means loses. He all the time cheats when he performs. That’s how he wins.”

Sure, the smack speak has begun earlier than turkey and yams have been served.

Sadly, Jayden has been barred from enjoying on this yr’s household basic.

“This yr is completely different,” Jamaal stated.

Garfield Excessive’s Jayden Barnes (10) makes a leaping catch throughout a recreation.

(Jamaal Barnes)

The household is taking no probabilities with a Metropolis Part Open Division championship on the road on Saturday at Valley School when Garfield performs Lake Balboa Birmingham, so the specter of harm will pressure Jayden to decide on sides. One thing tells me mother is getting his assist, since she’s doing the cooking.

“I really like yams,” he stated.

The Barnes household has ingrained itself within the East Los Angeles sports activities expertise regardless that it got here accidentally. When Jayden was 5 and searching for a youth soccer staff, his native program folded. East Los Angeles’ staff accepted him and the remainder is historical past. He has been enjoying youth soccer with greater than a dozen of the Garfield gamers for years and now they’re in place to be the most effective within the Metropolis Part.

“We’re praying for a Metropolis championship in the home,” Jamaal stated.

Jayden, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior, leads the staff with 29 receptions for eight touchdowns. He additionally has seven interceptions.

Jamaal, the household photographer, has so many images of his kids enjoying sports activities by way of the years that he might put collectively his personal Sports activities Illustrated journal.

Jayden was a part of the “breakfast membership,” waking up when he heard his father’s alarm to coach early within the morning. He’s developed right into a standout athlete who stars in soccer and basketball.

“It was by no means onerous for me to get him to work out,” Jamaal stated. “He would nag you, ‘Are we doing something immediately?’ ”

Jayden Barnes with his mother Leslie at the Coliseum before the East L.A. Classic.

Jayden Barnes along with his mom on the Coliseum earlier than the East L.A. Traditional.

(Jamaal Barnes)

Dad is rooting for his son’s soccer season to not finish this weekend regardless that it means he won’t have his All-Metropolis level guard for a number of weeks. Daughter Jada, 15, is a sophomore All-Metropolis participant for the ladies’ basketball staff.

Though different siblings attended La Verne Bonita, Jayden has grown up round his pals from East Los Angeles.

“I’ve surrounded myself with so much nice folks,” he stated. “There’s a variety of custom and all people sticks collectively.”

Specifically, the neighborhood comes out for giant video games, comparable to in opposition to rival Roosevelt within the East L.A. Traditional, which drew a crowd of 30,000 on the Coliseum earlier this season. Garfield ought to have one other robust fan illustration at Valley School, making Birmingham really feel as if it’s a street recreation.

On Thursday morning, Jayden can be working towards with the soccer staff, then return to look at the household battle. Then it’s time to feast on his mother’s cooking. They’ll be watching soccer on TV and doing “smack speak to see who will get the meals first,” Jayden stated.

All can be good to mother, irrespective of who wins the road soccer recreation.

“She’s our spine,” Jamaal stated. “Generally we let her win so she will make our meals with love.”