Nyheim Hines bought donuts for his offensive line following his big outing in last week’s win over Broughton.
After Garner’s 48-0 win over Cary on Friday, Hines might have to take the whole team out for sushi.
Hines scored four touchdowns – including pulling off a rare and unique feat – while the special teams produced big plays and the defense held firm to send the Trojans to their third straight win.
“I’m not doing it by myself. Those guys work really hard to make me look good,” Hines said. “I’ll probably surprise them this week with some Sour Patch Kids or something.”
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Hines accomplished the remarkable in springing Garner to a speedy 21-0 lead. The senior all-around athlete scored three touchdowns in three different ways on his first three touches of the game.
On Garner’s first possession, Hines punched in a 2-yard rushing touchdown following Shawnya Banks’ 32-yard interception return that set up the Trojans deep in Cary territory.
On the Trojans’ next possession, Hines corralled a screen pass and zipped upfield for a 55-yard score.
Hines then finished off Garner’s third possession before it even began, twisting his way to a 65-yard punt return touchdown.
The rushing, receiving and special teams touchdowns all came less than six minutes into the contest.
The Trojans added one more score before halftime when Jarvin Holder reeled in a 31-yard strike from quarterback Brodie West. Garner then got second-half touchdown runs on a 51-yarder by Hines, a 14-yard scamper by West on fourth down and four to go and a late three-yard burst by Tyreece Taylor.
Hines finished with 98 yards rushing and 65 receiving. West completed his first six passes of the game and threw for 112 yards and two scores, while adding a rushing touchdown. Hines nearly added a fifth score when he returned a punt 64 yards but was dragged down at the 3-yard-line.
Garner’s defense clamped down to force nine Cary punts, two interceptions and a turnover on downs.
“I thought it was a good team win,” Garner coach Thurman Leach said. “How the offensive line goes is how we’re going to go. They’re coming around and understanding the schemes and concepts so that’s real important. Defensively, I can’t ask for a better team defense. They get to the football and give 100 percent.”
“We’re short on players, we’re short on coaching staff and we’re short on talent,” Cary coach Kurt Glendenning said. ‘But what we can bring is the heart and the Cary pride and I hope we exhibited that tonight.”
Gabe Meyer took over for starting quarterback Connor Hill after halftime and completed seven of 11 throws for 35 yards. Cary has a week off next week before beginning conference play.
“We’re going to try to heal up some injuries and get some people back and hopefully we’ll see an improved team when we play Green Hope two weeks from tonight,” Glendenning said.