Gardendale 17, Minor 11
Tenth-ranked Gardendale (8-3) is moving on to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs thanks to a 17-11 road win in Minor Stadium Friday night.
Kaniji Chandler got the Rockets stared with a 6-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Quarterback Will "Goose" Crowder would later give Gardendale an 14-11 advantage thanks to a 21-yard scramble in the fourth quarter. Landon Erbrick ended the scoring with a 31-yard field goal with 3:43 remaining.
Crowder finished the game with 134 yards rushing on 16 carries. Chandler ran for 42 yards on nine calls.
The Rockets are scheduled to host second-ranked Muscle Shoals next week in the round of 16.
Madison County 21, Corner 14
Corner brought head coach Jon Clements’ second season to an end on Friday night following a 21-14 loss to No. 10 Madison County (9-2) in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The Tigers punched in the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard run by Mekhi Burdett midway through the fourth quarter, setting the final score at 21-14.
Corner, after falling behind 14-0 in the third, fought back with 14 unanswered thanks to a short touchdown run by Cole Burkett and a 44-yard pick-6 from Joshua Myrick.
The Jackets earned the fourth postseason slot coming out of Class 5A, Region 7 and finish the year with a record of 7-4.
Pinson Valley 42, Homewood 7
Third-ranked Pinson Valley (8-2) began its quest to defend back-to-back Class 6A state titles on Friday with a dominant win over Homewood (4-7) in Willie Adams Stadium.
Quarterback Barry White went 14 of 23 passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scores went to Keyonteze Johnson who hauled in 10 receptions for 191 yards.
Pinson Valley will travel to Fort Payne next week in Round 2.