GARNER — Garner knew its offensive line would be a strength coming into the season. The Trojans showed it Friday night in their season opener.
The defending eastern 4AA regional champions rolled up 39 first-half points and had no trouble turning back Enloe in a 45-6 victory.
Tailbacks Raevon Smith and Nyheim Hines scored three touchdowns each on the night, taking advantage of clear paths near the line of scrimmage, then showed their cutback abilities and speed.
We kept putting it down the field and moving the ball, said Garner coach Nelson Smith. We know all along that the strongest part of our team was the offensive line. Our quarterback played well, receivers played well too.
Smith scored on runs of 10 and 28 yards and ran in a screen pass from Vincent Jefferies from 28 yards out as well. The senior, who played mainly defensive back last season, ran for 100 yards on eight carries.
Hines, a sophomore transfer from Leesville Road, opened the games scoring on a 12-yard run. He also added a 5-yard touchdown run and a 82-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Im still concerned. Raevon played well but made a mistake with a penalty, Smith said. Nyheim came in and made some big plays. Tyler Hinton he blocked well. Youve got to have a good blocking fullback and he was that tonight.
Hinton scored on a 1-yard run with 4:33 to play in the first quarter to give the Trojans a 12-0 lead. He finished with 62 yards rushing on just seven carries.
Troubles in the punting game were an issue for the Eagles all night. Hintons score was set up by a dropped punt snap at the Garner 5-yard-line.
Garners defense kept the Enloes new wing-T offense from getting anything going early. Senior Jeremie Bolobiongo had tackles for losses on three of the Eagles first six plays from scrimmage.
Smith opened his scoring with a 10-yard run for an 18-0 Trojan lead early in the second quarter.
Enloe back Tyriq Fitts busted a 62-yard run on the Eagles next possession to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by James Gummpper to get Enloe within 18-6.
Garner kept the momentum on its side, though, getting a 44-yard connection between Armani Lanier and Jeffries to start their next drive a five-play affair that ended with a 5-yard TD run by Hines for a 25-6 lead with just 9:28 to play.
Six plays later, the Eagles were forced to punt to Hines who let loose with his 82-yard TD return. Hines had 112 punt return yards on the night.
Fitts led the Eagles with 58 yards rushing.
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