The Red Dragons’ back ran for a school record 471 yards on 29 carries to lead Niles to a 65-28 victory over Edgewood in the opening round of the Division IV, Region 13 Playoffs.
Gardner broke the 34-year school record of 345 yards previously held by Ron Ritz.
The Niles’ standout also found the endzone six times in the game, including an 82-yard score in the fourth quarter, and eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards for the season in the game.
The #7 seed Red Dragons advance to face #2 Lake Catholic, who defeated Field 38-14.
Niles improves to 7-4 on the season. Edgewood finishes with a record of 6-5.
Anthony Budak added two passing touchdowns for Niles in the game.
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