GARNER — The Garner football team bounced back in a big way Friday night with a 58-10 victory over Broughton.
The Trojans, stunned last week by a 45-44 loss to 3A Cleveland in which Garner led 31-10 during the second half, took charge in the first half against Broughton and never let up in a non-conference victory.
The Garner offense was nearly flawless, getting eye-popping games from junior running back Nyheim Hines and senior quarterback Brighton Hudson.
Hines rushed for 268 yards on 20 carries, scoring four touchdowns on the ground and catching three touchdown passes while piling up 163 receiving yards on just four catches.
Hudson, an outstanding left-handed pitcher on the Trojans baseball team, nearly tossed a perfect game against the Caps. In the first half, Hudson was 9 for 9 for 189 yards and two touchdowns and completed two long touchdown tosses to Hines in the second half to finish 11-12 for 326 yards with four touchdowns.
The Trojans (2-1), ranked No. 1 before the stunning loss to Cleveland and now No. 7 in the N&O poll, had a fire in their gut all week.
It really hurt, Hudson said of the loss to Cleveland. We had it in the backs of our minds all week. We dont ever want to have that feeling again. We worked our butts off and came out and played well.
We have to keep doing that every week.
Broughton scored first and trailed just 13-10 early in the second quarter. Then the Trojans got rolling.
Hines 2-yard run capped an 80-yard drive, and a two-point conversion pass from Hudson to Hines made it 21-10 with 7:04 left in the half.
On the ensuing possession, Raekwon Britton sacked Broughton quarterback Patrick Kearney, causing a fumble that was recovered by Gregory Wells. Hines then went 54 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.
After stopping the Caps, Garner went on a 93-yard march in the final three minutes of the first half. Hines scored from the seven and it was 34-10 at halftime.
There would be no second-half rally against the Trojans this week. Broughton managed just 43 yards of offense in the third quarter, and the Trojans hit three big plays to make it a rout.
Hines was in the middle of all three.
He caught touchdown passes of 63 and 54 yards from Hudson as the lead mushroomed to 48-10. And after a Trojans interception in the end zone stopped a Caps drive, Hines went 80 yards down the right sideline on the first play from scrimmage to push the margin to 55-10.
We were real motivated, Hines said. We didnt take the loss to Cleveland well.
As good as the Trojans offense was, the defense stepped up after giving up 581 yards of offense to Cleveland last week.
Kearney, who came into the game averaging 301 yards passing per game, had 163 yards at halftime. But in the second half, he was 0 for 3 with an interception.
The Caps finished with 222 yards rushing, getting 72 yards from Darryl Webster.
Just give our defense some time, Hines said. We are real young and have a lot of people starting who havent started before. But well pick it up.
Were just going to keep working. We have a great tradition for 30 years. We are just going to keep going strong.
Thurman Leach, in his first year as the Garner head coach after taking over for the retired Nelson Smith, was all smiles. A tough week was over, and his football team had responded in dramatic fashion.
Its fun to play a complete game, Leach said. The kids have been hurting a little bit. I feel really good for our kids. We are just going to build on this and get better next week.
We worked together and we came up with a scheme for those guys to be successful on offense and its good to see the fruits of your labor. Hats off to the coaching staff and hats off to the players.
The Trojans had 365 yards rushing and 366 passing for 731 total yards.
Garner does a lot of things to get you in bad positions, Broughton coach Billy Lane said. They run a lot of different sets. They dont run a lot of different plays but they give you a lot of different looks.
You cant discount the athleticism over there.
And on this Friday night, you could not discount the way the Trojans bounced back from a tough loss.