Nyheim Hines shows versatility with seven touchdowns

tstevens@newsobserver.comSeptember 12, 2013 

The touchdowns were a blur to Garner’s Nyheim Hines during Garner’s 58-10 football victory over Broughton on Friday night.

His teammates kept asking how many touchdowns he had, but he really didn’t know.

“I just knew I wanted to keep running hard,” he said.

Hines’ seven touchdowns, four rushing and three on pass receptions, set a school record, topping the six touchdowns Anthony Barbour scored in a game in 1987.

“Nyheim’s game was one of the best I’ve ever seen by a Trojan,” said Garner coach Thurman Leach, who has been on the staff for 20 years. “Notice I said one of the best. We’ve had some good ones.”

Hines seemed to be everywhere against the Caps, which poses additional problems for old-time rival Cary in tonight’s nonconference game. The two schools had one of the county’s top rivalries for about 50 years before dropping the series after the 2004 season.

The Imps beat the Trojans twice that season. Hines was about 7 years old at the time, but Leach remembers the 12-7 playoff loss to the Imps.

“Josh Adams (who later played at Wake Forest University) had a great game against us,” Leach said. “It was a sloppy field and nobody could run much, but Josh Adams made a long run to win it.”

Hines leads the area in rushing (611 yards) and touchdowns (16, including 12 rushing scores). He also has 228 yards in receptions and one kickoff return for a touchdown.

Against Broughton, Hines’ first score came when he lined up at receiver and caught a 5-yard slant to the middle from quarterback Brighton Hudson. Hines scored on a 2-yard sweep as a tailback and went 54 yards for the third score after lining up in a Wildcat formation and taking the snap.

He went 7 yards as a tailback for another score and came out of the backfield to haul in a 63-yard scoring pass. He caught a 54-yard scoring pass as a receiver and got the seventh score with an 80-yard run as a tailback.

“They use me in different ways,” Hines said. “I like that. It lets me do some different things.”

Leach said the offensive staff tries to create one-on-one situations for Hines. His versatility allows him to play different positions.

His line against Broughton was 20 rushes for 268 yards, four catches for 163 yards and one pass completion for 40 yards. He also threw a two-point conversion pass.

The performance overshadowed an incredible game by Hudson, the Garner quarterback who completed 11 of 12 passes for 326 yards and four touchdowns.

Hudson’s game pushed him to the top of the area’s passing efficiency ratings (182.0). He has completed 31 of 55 passes for 611 yards and six touchdowns. He has had one pass intercepted.

Hines got a little national exposure when Garner graduate and current N.C. State student Scotty McCreery tweeted to his 767,907 followers: Congrats on the big game @TheNyNy2! Proud of you man! #GoTrojans & #GoPack. haha.

N.C. State is among the schools that have offered Hines a scholarship, but he isn’t thinking about his college choice.

“We’re focused on this season,” Hines said.

Hines said he might go to some college games, but right now he is thinking about Cary.

Cary opened impressively with wins against Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons, but was pounded last week by Wake Forest 48-14.

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