Fairley leads Garner romp over Clayton

Staff writerSeptember 16, 2011 

— The top-ranked Garner Trojans got off to their typical fast start again Friday night, busting a 60-plus yard play on their first play from scrimmage for the third time in four weeks and building a three-touchdown lead en route to a 42-13 victory over the Clayton Comets.

But it was the play that started the second half that illustrated just how good Garner is. A snap out of the wildcat formation sailed high over Juwan Moye’s head, back inside of the 10-yard-line. Running back Demetrius Fairley was able to beat everybody else to the ball, then quickly turned on the speed, reeling off a 69-yard touchdown run that actually covered more than 90 yards.

Fairley finished the night with 142 yards rushing on just five carries.

“I knew they were fast last week after watching them,” Clayton coach Gary Fowler said. “But they’re a whole lot faster up close when you’re playing them. They get one step on us and we were out of it. Not many teams around the state have speed like that.”

The Trojans broke out the wildcat formation on their first play from scrimmage and it immediately paid big dividends with Fairley taking a handoff on a sweep from Moye for a 69-yard gain to the Comets’ 1-yard line. A play later (back in the Garner I-formation), Fairley covered the last yard for the first of three quick Trojans’ TDs.

“We’ve started with big plays in every game we’ve played except for one,” said Garner coach Nelson Smith. “It certainly takes the wind out of the other team’s sails.”

Anthony Tucker pulled in a 46-yard TD connection from Vincent Jeffries for a 13-0 lead with 8:31 to play in the opening quarter and Moye scored on a seven-yard run and a 38-yard catch. Brayden Sims added a 17-yard TD catch.

“We’ve just got to get back to playing Clayton football,” Fowler said. “Controlling the clock and maintaining the football.”

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