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September 12, 2013

The NJN Big Game: Gardendale 14, No. 10 Mountain Brook 9 — King of the Mountain

Jackson, Crook lead Rockets to first win against over-the-mountain team since '91

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GARDENDALE —

“They had me staying in the flats, but at the end the coaches moved me up to free safety to cover the pass to the end zone,” Washington said.

Jackson finished the night with 63 yards on 19 carries. He was one yard behind Crook, who ran nine times; he also was 7-for-8 in passing for 69 yards.

Mountain Brook (0-3, 0-2 region) led the overall offense with 314 yards compared to 237 for Gardendale (3-0, 2-0 region). The Spartans also gained 19 first downs, and the Rockets had 16.

Defensively, D.J. Lewis had six tackles and four assists, Santez Blevins had six tackles and three assists, and Tanner Clayton also had six tackles.

It’s an auspicious beginning for new Gardendale coach Matt Plunkett, who was won his first three games. But it gets tougher next week as they travel to Vestavia Hills, where coaching legend Buddy Anderson won his 300th game Thursday night with a 30-8 thrashing of Huffman.

“Vestavia and Buddy Anderson football is as smash-mouth as it gets,” Plunkett said. “We’re going to have a huge challenge next week.”

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