BENSON — Undefeated Garner ran its conference winning streak to 18 games Friday night at Wildcat Stadium as the Trojans defeated West Johnston 56-7 to improve to 4-0 in the Greater Neuse River Conference.
_— Undefeated Garner ran its conference winning streak to 18 games Friday night at Wildcat Stadium as the Trojans defeated West Johnston 56-7 to improve to 4-0 in the Greater Neuse River Conference.
Garner, which last loss a conference game to Harnett Central three seasons ago,fell behind 7-0 when West Johnston quarterback Justin Carroll hit Jonathan Stevens in stride on a simple slant route on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage and the senior wide out won the race to the end zone for a quick 67-yard touchdown strike.
But the rest of the game belonged to the defending conference champions as Garner amassed 365 yards on the ground to run past the Wildcats posting 56 unanswered points in the process.
“When you get behind like that early you can either get flat or you can come back,” Garner coach Nelson Smith said. “They responded and I was proud of them--both sides of the ball.”
Garner’s Armani Lanier caught the first of his touchdown receptions from quarterback Vincent Jefferies to tie the game. Raevon Smith collected a pair of first half touchdown runs and Jefferies added one as well.
After the Wildcats’ quick strike to Stevens, West Johnston struggled, losing three fumbles in the first half and gaining just 47 more yards before halftime.
Garner’s Jeremie Bolobiongo recovered two of the Wildcat fumbles and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown. w
Smith rushed for 98 yards while fullback Tyler Hinton added 74 yards for Garner
Jefferies had 114 passing yards.
Cody Murdock led the Wildcats with 53 rushing yards. Justin Carroll passed for 111 yards passing, including 108 yards to Stevens.