Gardendale, AL – In a thrilling Friday night showdown at Driver Stadium, the Gardendale Rockets soared to their second consecutive victory, defeating the Minor Tenacious Tigers with a final score of 61-49. This crucial win keeps Gardendale’s playoff hopes alive as they improved to 2-5 on the season, with a 2-2 record in Class 6A, Region 5 play. The Tenacious Tigers slipped to 2-5 overall, and now hold a 1-3 mark in region play.
The Rockets came out of the gate firing, lighting up the scoreboard early and often but Minor came to life in after the break, putting up five touchdowns and nearly making a comeback. Unfortunately, their valiant efforts couldn’t reverse the course of the game, and the Tenacious Tigers suffered their third straight setback, marking five losses in their last six contests.
One of the standout performances of the night came from Gardendale running back, Boogie Harris, who displayed remarkable agility and power. Harris carried the ball 17 times, accumulating an impressive 168 yards on the ground. He played a pivotal role in securing the victory, scoring three crucial touchdowns with runs of 1, 22, and 62 yards. Joining him in the spotlight, Morgan Harris, another key offensive standout for the Rockets, contributed significantly by scoring on runs of 11 and 14 yards and also hauling in a spectacular 56-yard touchdown pass.
Gardendale signal caller, Mac Beason, demonstrated precision and poise, completing 21-of-33 passes for a total of 262 yards. Beason showcased his ability to spread the ball around, throwing touchdown passes of 21 yards to Jacoby Quates, 1 yard to Carter Jenkins, and the impressive 56-yarder to Morgan Harris. Additionally, Beason showcased his versatility by gaining 93 yards on the ground. Kicker Ryan McPherson added to the Rockets’ point tally with a 39-yard field goal.
Tigers quarterback, Sherman Williams, had a memorable night despite the team’s loss. Williams orchestrated the Tigers’ offense with style, tossing a pair of touchdown passes and contributing significantly with four rushing scores. However, Minor’s impressive offensive performance couldn’t match Gardendale’s overall dominance.
In terms of total offense, the Gardendale Rockets were the clear victors, accumulating a whopping 582 yards of total offense. Minor managed 415 yards of total offense, with 260 yards through the air and 155 on the ground.
Looking ahead, Gardendale is set to continue their pursuit of a playoff spot next Friday night as they travel to Woodland to take on the 1-5 Colonels. Minor will regroup and prepare for a road contest at the 6th ranked Parker Thundering Herd (7-1), with hopes of turning their season around.