Gardendale used a strong passing game led by senior quarterback and West Virginia commit Will Crowder to earn a 26-7 win over Smiths Station.
Crowder connected with sophomore Caden McGruder for a pair of touchdowns and with junior L.T. Sanders for another in the game that saw the kickoff delayed by lightning.
Colby Thomas had field goals of 26 and 28 yards in the third quarter for the Rockets.
Both Gardendale (2-0) and the Panthers (1-1) had been scheduled to play teams from Georgia, but the Peach State delayed the opening of its schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions. Smiths Station’s opening win came via forfeit over Russell County.
Mortimer Jordan 22, Corner 6
Hunter Boren rushed for a touchdown and added on through the air, leading host Mortimer Jordan to a 22-6 win over Corner.
Boren connect with Harrison O’Brien on a 14-yard scoring pass, then scored on a 2-yard run, both in the first quarter, giving the Blue Devils a 14-0 lead.
Jamyrie May added a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter and Logan Duffner added a safety in the fourth.
Corner’s lone score came in the fourth quarter when Colin Daniel connected with Tyler Trawick for a 14-yard scoring pass.
Fairfield 21, Center Point 20
Dejerion Fox’s 4-yard touchdown run and Deandre Poole’s ensuing extra point with 7:36 left in the fourth quarter gave Fairfield a 21-20 win tonight at Center Point.
Center Point (1-1) had gone ahead 20-14 on a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Troy Bruce Jr. with 1:23 left in the third. The Eagles’ 2-point conversion run failed. Center Point, which jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, went 1 of 2 on its other 2-point attempts.
Fox finished with 78 yards on 14 carries. Eric Handley completed 9 of 19 passes for 120 yards, with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jakobi Albert, and an interception. Malachi Holt Bennett returned a kickoff 89 yards for the other Fairfield touchdown. Donovan Richardson recorded 6.5 tackles.
Fairfield (1-0) overcame three turnovers — two fumbles and an interception.
Bruce Jr. ran for 139 yards on 23 carries. He also completed 8 of 17 passes for 56 yards, with a 17-yard touchdown to Jordan Pickens. De’Ontae Eatmon added a 16-yard TD run. Alontae Watkins and DeMario Hicks Jr. recovered fumbles for the Eagles.
Fairfield hosts Parker next week. Center Point will host Alexandria.
Carver-Birmingham 42, Woodlawn 12
Carver’s Brian Mackey threw for 425 yards and five touchdowns as the Rams routed Woodlawn 42-12. Cornelius Jones had 185 receiving yards and a pair of TDs for 2-0 Carver while Ladarius Camp had 165 yards through the air and a score.
Kenyon Ezelle led the swarming defense against 0-2 Woodlawn with 14 tackles, including three sacks.
Minor 34, Paul Bryant 28
Minor quarterback Alex Glass threw the game-winning touchdown to Jason Gaddis midway through the fourth quarter and the Tigers added a clutch defensive stop to hold off Paul Bryant 34-28.
Glass threw for four touchdowns, also tossing scoring passes to Will Hardrick, Amare Thomas and David Gardner, who also ran for a 2-yard touchdown.
Leeds 20, Pell City 17
Leeds evened its season record with the 20-17 victory over neighboring Pell City (0-1).
The Green Wave (1-1) scored on Pell City’s first offensive play, CJ Douglas causing a fumble that Jacob Cain recovered in the end zone.
Leeds added rushing touchdowns from Jeremiah Hunter and Josh Ruff in the win.
Hunter led the ground game with 72 yards on nine carries while Rametrius Yelverton added 61 yards on 11 carries.
Quarterback Jarod Latta was 7-of-18 passing for 81 yards with Ruff catching five passes for 63 yards. Yelverton and Hunter also caught passes.