There are quick-scoring offenses, then there are quicker scoring offenses. Whatever the next level is, that was Garner Friday night in its 63-10 victory against nearby rival Clayton.
All nine of Garner’s touchdown drives were five plays or fewer.
Standout senior Nyheim Hines ran for 147 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries, and sophomore back Dwayne Holloway added 134 yards and two TDs. Garner’s three other top backs also had touchdown runs.
The Trojans (6-1, 3-0 Greater Neuse River 4A) had three three-play touchdown drives and three one-play scoring drives en route to their sixth straight victory.
“Football’s a game of opportunity,” Hines said. “It’s all about taking advantage of the situations you find yourself in and executing.”
Garner forced two turnovers on special teams, the first on the opening kick off to set up a three-play touchdown drive. In the second quarter, Collin Eaddy blocked a punt inside Clayton’s 10-yard-line that David Remy recovered at the 2. Tyreece Taylor went 2 yards for a score on the next play.
“Special teams really made some contributions tonight,” Garner coach Thurman Leach said. “It’s a game with three phases.”
Clayton, which had one of the area’s most prolific offenses, had trouble moving the ball against the Trojans. Garner sacked senior Eric Hoy, one of the area leaders in passing and rushing yardage, three times. Eaddy, Desmond Quinerly and Matthew Butler had sacks for the Trojans.
Clayton (4-3, 1-2) was limited to 40 yards rushing and 105 yards passing.
“We’re getting better on that side,” said Leach of the Trojans’ defense. “We’ve just got to make sure we stay on our assignments and execute. We can’t ask anymore from them from an effort standpoint.”
The Comets’ scores came on a 25-yard field goal by Daniel Alioto and a 14-yard quarterback throwback pass from Blake Joyner to Hoy to close to 14-10 with 4:36 to play in the first half.
It was all Garner from there with Hines breaking off a 65-yard touchdown run and Taylor’s post-block touchdown run coming after Clayton’s next drive.
Hines turned three Comets defenders completely around with juke moves on a 42-yard touchdown run to start a 28-point Garner third quarter, which included touchdown runs of 9 and 76 yards by Holloway.
“We’re glad to have (No.) 22 (Holloway) back and healthy,” Leach said. “He could be a real difference maker, that extra weapon for us.”
Christian Anumihe pulled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Brodie West in the third as well, and Darian Fogg wrapped up the scoring on a 7-yard run in the fourth.