It was the kind of night that immediately brought in the grandchildren tale potential for one of its key participants.
“It’s not something you think about while it’s happening,” said Garner junior running back Nyheim Hines. “It’s something you look back on when you get old. I’m sure there’ll come a day when I’m sitting with my grandchildren that I can tell them about.”
When Garner defeated Fayetteville Britt 63-56 Friday night, the two teams combined for more than 1,300 yards of offense and 119 points combined.
The 1,371 offensive yards would be an NCHSAA record for combined total offense by both teams in a game, breaking a 50-year-old record by more than 100 yards. The Oct. 18, 1963, game between South Stanly and Anson County of 1,254 yards is the current record.
Britt’s 732 yards of total offense would probably rank in the all-time top five for single-team offensive performances.
Garner’s 531 yards rushing would tie for 22nd all-time for rushing yards by a team.
Hines gained most of that yardage. He ran for 454 yards on 33 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He becomes the 21st player in NCHSAA history to rush for seven touchdowns in a single game.
The yardage total would be only the third time in the NCHSAA’s 100-year history that a player has rushed for more than 450 yards in a playoff game. (T.J. Logan of Northern Guilford ran for 510 yards in the 2012 3AA state championship game and Fayetteville E.E. Smith’s Carter Sharpe ran for 457 yards in a 2004 4A playoff game against Wake Forest.)
Hines’ night would also rank eighth in state high school football history for an individual player.
He has 50 rushing touchdowns the season and moved past former Garner legend Anthony Barbour (47 TDs in 1987) on the single-season rushing TD list. Hines currently ranks third in state history for rushing TDs in a season. The record is 68, set by Kevin Parks in 2009.
Hines has 3,076 rushing yards so far this season. He’s the 14th player in state history to run for 3,000 yards in a season.
Of course, there’s only one number Hines and his Garner teammates are most concerned about going forward this season: Notching one more win each week they play.