GARDENDALE — An undermanned Jasper squad fell Friday night on the road 42-0 against Gardendale in a Class 6A, Region 6 matchup.
The Vikings (1-3, 0-2) could not muster much offense at all in the contest with their longest play from scrimmage being a 24-yard fake punt from Preston Reed.
“It was a tough night all the way around,” Jasper Coach Philip Bailey said. “The teams in our region are some of the best in the state. We knew that coming into the season. We are not going to make excuses. We are going to continue to work hard and make ourselves better.”
Gardendale quarterback Will Crowder, a West Virginia commit, threw three touchdown passes on the night, one for 38 yards and two others for 61 yards each.
The Rockets’ L.T. Sanders also ran for nearly 100 yards and a score in the victory over Jasper. Gardendale, formerly ranked, improves to 3-2, 1-2 on the year with the win.
“They are a very good football team,” Bailey said. “We have to be able to do the little things like blocking and tackling, especially against a team of that caliber. We didn’t do that tonight. They had a lot to do with it, but a lot of it is on us too.”
A Sanders run and a fumble return for a touchdown gave Gardendale a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Crowder threw all three of his touchdowns in the second quarter to increase the Rockets’ lead to 35-0 at halftime.
Gardendale’s final score was another fumble recovery for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
That gave the Rockets the 42-0 win.
Jasper will return to action Friday with a long road trip to undefeated Demopolis for a nonregion game.