A roster was necessary in the first half of Garner’s 53-12 rout of Cary. Every time points went on the board, it seemed like a different Trojan was scoring Friday night.
The Trojans got touchdowns from five players – four on offense and one on defense in the opening half.
“With the ability that we have back there and the effort that the kids give, I can’t ask any more,” Garner coach Thurman Leach said. “We had a good game plan and they did a good job of executing. They just wanted to go out there and hit somebody in a different jersey.”
Garner dominated the first half, rolling up 319 yards of offense while holding Cary to just 13.
The Trojans got three rushing touchdowns from No. 1 tailback Collin Eaddy in the first half, but needed just seven carries from the 195-pound senior who had more than 1,800 yards rushing last season.
Garner also got TDs from Dwayne Holloway, quarterback Braxton Brokenborough, fullback Anthony Stephenson and defensive back Andreis Harris on an interception.
“You know Garner football,” Leach said. “We’re going to run the football. We’re very happy with our back. Fullback did a great job of blocking.”
After a quick TD by Garner on the opening possession of the game, Cary fumbled on its first turn with the ball. Garner recovered. Just like that it was 14-0 and the Trojans were off and running.
They said it
Garner coach Leach reminded his team of how last season ended – with a rare first-round playoff loss – before they started this season.
“They don’t want to end like they did,” Leach said. “They want to get off to a good start, have a good season and have fun. They really don’t want this season to end like we did last year. We have great senior leadership. I changed some things up and see what happens.”
Three who mattered
Garner’s Collin Eaddy. The top rusher totaled 84 yards on just eight carries and had touchdown runs of 26, 27 and 5 yards in the first half.
Garner’s Braxton Brokenborough. The Trojans’ quarterback had 68 yards rushing – getting 48 on one play – and passed for 84 yards and a score.
Cary’s Keeyon Hicks. The Imps quarterback hung tough for the entire game. Late in the game after leaving with leg cramps, he returned and completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Darrion Burnette.
The Garner offensive line of Chris Ellis, Nadarius Thompson, Jonathan Ramos, tight end Keion White, Marcus Davis and Vince Sutton.
“Those five offensive linemen, how they go is how we are going to. We are going to play Garner football,” Leach said.