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Emmanuel Santiago brings down Owen running back Jager Gardner. Gardner ran for 450 yards on
32 carries and five touchdowns in the Warhorses' win against Avery last week. Photo by Skip

Originally published: 2013-10-02 16:29:10
Last modified: 2013-10-02 16:29:54

Gardner’s 450 rushing yards gallops Warhorses past Avery 36-27

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Fans at MacDonald Stadium on Friday, Sept. 27, were treated to a performance of video-game proportions. Too bad the performance came at the Avery Vikings’ expense.

Owen High School junior running back Jager Gardner raced through the AHS defense for 450 yards on 32 carries, as the Warhorses erased a 27-15 halftime deficit to down the Big Red by a 36-27 final score.

Avery opened the scoring with a 37-yard Tre Jackson field goal to cap an 11-play 48-yard drive and give the Vikings a 3-0 lead with 5:17 to play in the first period.

Owen’s ensuing possession ended in a Jeffery Puckett interception, but Avery failed to capitalize on the turnover and punted the ball back to the Warhorses. OHS put its first points on the scoreboard two plays after regaining possession, as Gardner scored his first touchdown of the evening on an 80-yard dash. A Gardner two-point conversion run gave the Warhorses its first lead at 8-3 with 1:22 to play in the opening stanza.

Early in the second quarter, Owen appeared poised to pad its lead, but a Gardner fumble at the AHS one-yard line was recovered in the end zone by Vikings’ defender Trevor Pickens, quelling the Warhorse drive. AHS took advantage of Owen’s second turnover, marching 80 yards in only six plays, capped by a 35-yard touchdown run by Daniel Childress. The extra point gave the Avery back the lead at 11-8 with 7:27 remaining before halftime.