4AA Playoffs: Garner (13-1) at Wake Forest (14-0)
at Trentini Stadium, Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m.
Up Next: The winner meets Mallard Creek (13-1) or Lake Norman (14-1) in the NHSAA 4AA state championship game at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.
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Ticket Info: Presale tickets available at Garner High School main office: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Presale cost is $7; tickets will be $8 at the gate.
Season Results: Aug. 22 lost to Middle Creek, 28-21; Aug. 29 beat Cleveland, 44-21; Sept. 5 beat Broughton, 63-13; Sept. 12 beat Cary, 48-0; Sept. 26 beat East Wake, 33-21; Oct. 3 beat West Johnston, 56-14; Oct. 10 beat Clayton, 63-10; Oct. 17 beat Harnett Central, 60-27; Oct. 24 beat Knightdale, 28-6; Oct. 30 beat Southeast Raleigh, 49-20; Nov. 7 beat Rolesville, 63-12; Nov. 14 beat Wilmington Laney, 45-6; Nov. 21 beat Wakefield, 37-7; Nov. 28 beat Panther Creek, 31-6.
Offense: 45.8 points scored per game.
Defense: 13.6 points allowed per game.
Rushing: Nyheim Hines 2,286 yards, 38 TDs, Dwayne Holloway 541 yards, 4 TDs; Collin Eaddy 155 yards, 1 TD; Brodie West 135 yards, 4 TDs.
Passing: Brodie West 1,342 yards, 83-of-153; Nyheim Hines 125 yards, 2-of-6.
Receiving: Raekwon Britton 344 yards, 5 TDs; Christian Anumihe 300 yards, 5 TDs; Jarvin Holder 270 yards, 2 TDs; Nyheim Hines 256 yards, 3 TDs.
Tackles: Warren Messer 138 (93 solo), Collin Eaddy 83, Kevan Coppage 73, Raekwon Britton 64, Desmond Quinerly 61, David Remy 55, Juwan Manley 45.
Sacks: Jaelun Dean 12.5, Desmond Quinerly 9.0, Kevan Coppage 7.0, Joseph Spinks 4.5.
Interceptions: Raekwon Britton 4, Juwan Manley 3, Jarvin Holder 3, Shawnya Banks 2.
Fumble Recoveries: Collin Eaddy 5, Raekwon Britton 4, Warren Messer 3.
Three Trojans not named Nyheim Hines to watch
DB/WR Raekwon Britton (Senior, 5-foot-10, 166 pounds): This is the easy one, but Britton has exploded as a big play threat the Trojans hoped he could be in the playoffs. He’s scored six of Garner’s TDs in the playoffs, including two on defense (fumble returns), two on special teams (blocked punt returns), one receiving and one passing.
LB Warren Messer (Senior, 6-feet, 226 pounds): He’s been the big impact, tackling machine many projected him to be when he made the move from Middle Creek to Garner over the summer.
QB Brodie West (Junior, 6-foot-1, 172 pounds): He’s one of the many players in this game battling through the playoffs while banged up. But he stepped up to make plays in the win over Wakefield with Hines not at full strength. And he’s got regional championship game experience, having quarterbacked Washington to the 2AA regional finals last season.
Season Results: Aug. 22 beat Panther Creek, 23-6; Aug. 29 beat East Wake, 27-18; Sept. 5, beat Cary, 48-0; Sept. 12 beat Rolesville, 61-20; Sept. 26 beat Broughton 60-20; Oct. 3 beat Millbrook, 35-10; Oct. 10 beat Wakefield, 58-12; Oct. 17 beat Heritage, 33-7; Oct. 24 beat Leesville Road, 35-18; Oct. 31 beat Sanderson, 42-14; Nov. 7 beat Enloe, 58-12; Nov. 14 beat Leesville Road, 42-13; Nov. 21 beat Pinecrest, 45-21; Nov. 28 beat Millbrook, 28-21.
Offense: 42.5 points scored per game.
Defense: 13.7 points allowed per game.
Rushing: Bryce Love 1,845 yards, 31 TDs; Dajuan Green 516 yards, 3 TDs; Shyheem Mitchell 516 yards, 4 TDs; Devon Lawrence 506 yards, 6 TDs..
Passing: Mack Moore 72-of-119, 1,393 yards.
Receiving: Brooks Cunningham 763 yards, 9 TDs; Bryce Love 243 yards, 4 TDs; Shyheem Mitchell 87 yards, 2 TDs.
Tackles: Antwain Terry 48, Garratt Brannock 45, Darius Hodge 44, Dexter Lawrence 40, Jake Campbell 40.
Sacks: Dexter Lawrence 10.0, Antwain Terry 9.0, Garratt Brannock 4.0.
Interceptions: Ki’mon Small, Jesse Britt 3, Xach Gill, Darius Hodge 2.
Fumble Recoveries: Antwain Terry 2.
Three Cougars not named Bryce Love to watch
DT Dexter Lawrence (Junior, 6-foot-5, 315 pounds): He’s one of the highest rated defensive line prospects in the class of 2016 in the nation and he anchors the stellar Wake Forest defensive line.
WR Brooks Cunningham (Senior, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds): He became the go to target last week when Love went down, finishing with 157 yards receiving. All season, he’s been the main cog (763 yards receiving, 9 TDs) in a Cougar passing game that is better than in years past.
DL Antwain Terry (Senior, 6-foot-2, 270 pounds): He leads Wake Forest in total tackles and is second on the team with nine sacks. If teams worry too much about getting Lawrence blocked, Terry is the guy who makes they pay for it.