Garner had too much of two things for long-time rival Broughton on Friday night.
The Trojans had too much defense, and, of course, too much Nyheim Hines.
Garner’s acclaimed senior running back ran for 235 yards and four touchdowns on only eight carries, leading the Trojans to a 63-13 road victory.
Garner (2-1) led 49-0 at halftime after a 35-point first quarter, and by rule the second half was played with a running clock.
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“So far this season we’re improving in all three phases of the game,” said second-year Garner coach Thurman Leach. “We had good effort, and our defense is getting better each week. We keep talking about winning each quarter — that’s our goal.
“We just jumped on Broughton early. They’ve got good size and good speed, and they’re physical. They’re going to win some football games.”
Hines broke away for a 56-yard score on the Trojans’ first offensive play, later adding scoring runs of 59, 24 and 66 yards as Garner won its fourth straight in the series.
“The line was blocking great,” Hines said. “I had some long touchdowns and that’s a great testament to our line. They always put me in position where I just have to beat one man.
“Touchdowns are always hard, but the line did a great job of blocking guys who were chasing me downfield.”
The Trojans finished with 459 yards total offense, 415 of it on the ground. Broughton (1-2) had 99 passing yards, but was minus-31 yards on the ground.
“Garner substituted very liberally in the second half,” said Broughton’s first-year coach Billy Lane. “Hines is good, there’s no doubt about it. You can scheme all week, but when you try to keep him inside he cuts outside and when you try to keep him outside he gets vertical and cuts back on you. He is as advertised.”
Michael Gilchrist added a pair of touchdowns for the Trojans, who also got a short scoring run from Tyreece Taylor. Garner added two return touchdowns, one a 10-yard blocked punt from Raekwan Britton and another a two-yard fumble scoop-and-score by Juwan Manley.
“The line blocked good and Nyheim was running his butt off like he always does,” Garner quarterback Brodie West said. “We had good chemistry going. Everybody was talking about us being a bunch of country boys playing city boys, so we were pretty motivated coming into this one.”
The highlight for the Caps (1-2) was a 90-yard kickoff return from Devone Jackson right after Hines’ final TD had made it 56-0.
Broughton junior quarterback Owen Wilkinson, who completed eight of 21 passes for the 99 yards but was sacked seven times, completed a 29-yard scoring pass to Kanden Rogers late in the fourth quarter.
“We just kept fighting,” Wilkinson said. “We didn’t want to give up. In the second half our line was blocking a lot better, and we got things moving and got into a better rhythm.”