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Gardner steps in at quarterback as Foothill outlast Silverado

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Foothill High football players, front (left to right) Jake Barefield and Dylan Weasa, and back Drew Doxtator and Bryce Broadwell before the 2013 season.

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With senior quarterback Drew Doxtator out an undisclosed injury, junior Nick Gardner stepped in and commanded the offense efficiently.

Gardner threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns in Foothill’s 48-43 victory over Silverado.

“He’s cool as a cucumber back there. He made good decisions and made some big plays,” Foothill coach Marty Redmond said of his junior quarterback.

Gardner found George Chumas on a pair of touchdown throws, while David Persy and Bryce Broadwell each caught one for the Falcons (1-2).

Garnder also ran for a score, while Justice Jackson ran in for a touchdown.

“We’re starting to move the ball better,” Redmond said. “We’re taking what the teams are giving us.”

Silverado made things interesting late, scoring 22 in the fourth quarter.

After a Corey Fisher 49-yard field goal pushed Foothill’s lead to 11, the Skyhawks (0-2) responded with a touchdown.

The rally fell just a little short.

“We should have coasted a little easier,” Redmond said.

Redmond stayed mum on Doxtater’s injury, adding that he will find out sometime next week if the All-City selection will be ready to play next week against Sierra Vista.

Either way, Redmond is confident in either one of his quarterbacks will get the job done.

“Always have a back up ready,” he said.

Paul Delos Santos can be reached at 990-2416 or mail to [email protected] Follow Paul on Twitter at twitter.com/pauliedelos.

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