Adamsville, AL – The Gardendale Rockets improved to 5-2, 2-2 in Class 6A Region 6 play, with a 31-14 win over the Minor Tenacious Tigers Friday night on the road in Adamsville.
The loss slips Tigers to 1-6, 1-4.
Standout running back L.T. Sanders shined for the Rockets, running for 150 yards while adding 98 yards through the air and a pair of scores.
The Rocket rushing attack rolled up 310 yards on the night while holding Minor to 25 yards on the ground in the region matchup.
Sanders lit up the scoreboard early in the contest, hauling in his first receiving touchdown from 45 yards out. He found paydirt again, this time on the ground, bolting into the endzone from just inside the Tiger five yard line to put the visitors up by two scores midway through the first quarter.
Runningback Kejuan Brown lit up the Lunceford Field scoreboard next with a four yard score of his own before Sanders broke free again, snagging a Tyler Nelson pass and streaking 55 yards for a score to put the Rockets up 28-0 at the half.
Minor held the Gardendale offense in-check after the break until Colby Thomas split the uprights from 25 yards out to extend the Rocket lead to 31-0.
Tigers receiver Daniel Parks put Minor on the board late in the 3rd, hauling in a 12 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kareem Keye. Keye connected with Ocie Howard from 65 yards out to cut the Minor deficit to 31-14 midway through the final frame.
First year starting quarterback Tyler Nelson finished the night with 164 yards through the air, completing 9-of-15 passes and a pair of scores while running for 69 yards on 10 attempts.
Gardendale welcomes the Jackson-Olin Mustangs (6-1, 3-1) to Driver Stadium next Friday night before hosting arch rival Mortimer Jordan (2-5, 1-3) October 22nd to close out region play. Minor takes the week off before facing off with Jackson-Olin October 22nd in Adamsville.