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CV grad Gardner continues to excel on the gridiron

CV grad Gardner continues to excel on the gridiron

Former Hawk Ja’Quan Gardner rushed for 1,172 yards and 15 touchdowns through Humboldt State’s first seven games of the 2017 season.

POSTED October 25, 2017 9:51 a.m.
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Central Valley High School grad Ja'Quan Gardner filled the stat sheet once again.

Gardner carried the ball a season-high 35 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Humboldt State football team past visiting Western Oregon, 42-32, Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl.

Ja'Quan, a senior dual-threat running back, also caught two passes for 30 yards.

"He's only got a few more games wearing the green and gold, so these fans need to realize how fortunate they are to witness one of Division II's all-time best, I think. I'd put him in that category," Lumberjacks' head coach Rob Smith said while being interviewed by Eureka Times-Standard reporter Danny Penza following the game.

The second-place Lumberjacks improved to 6-1 on the year and 5-1 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Humboldt State trails Central Washington by half-a-game (8-0, 5-0) in the GNAC standings.

Gardner helped the Lumberjacks build a 28-17 lead in the opening half versus the Wolves (2-6, 1-5).

Ja'Quan raced 17 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

He scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards in the second quarter.

Gardner has eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the third consecutive season.

Ja'Quan totaled 1,172 yards and 15 touchdowns through Humboldt State's first seven games.

A week earlier during Humboldt State's 52-49 Homecoming win over Azusa Pacific, Gardner made history by shattering a host of GNAC records.

He became the conference's career leader in touchdowns scored (67), points (402), all-purpose yards (6,366) and rushing yards (5,124). He tied the GNAC career record with his 63rd rushing TD.

Gardner set GNAC single-game marks with 446 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, and tied another one with five rushing TDs.

Ja'Quan's record-breaking performance earned him GNAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for a record-tying ninth time.

Gardner and Humboldt State will travel to British Columbia this Saturday to compete against Simon Fraser.


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