Garner returned back home for the first time, opening the 2018 season against former conference foe Clayton.
The Trojans picked up win No. 1, coming away with a 20-12 victory. Garner senior Daiveon Carrington sealed the deal for the Trojans, picking off a pass with 2:07 remaining in the game with his team up two. Three plays later, Carrington scored from eight yards out to officially put the game away.
Terrell Chance picked off a pass on the next Clayton game to seal the game.
Garner’s first score of the second half was a safety when defensive lineman Donovan Brown dropped Clayton quarterback Austin Cagle in the endzone, putting the home team up 14-12 with 6:14 remaining in the third.
Garner (1-0) scored on its opening drive when Nolan Mclean hit Carrington for a 22-yard touchdown. Clayton (0-1) wasted no time countering, capping off the ensuing drive with a short touchdown run by Josh Wilson, tying the game at 6 with 7:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Clayton senior J.R. Walker scored his first touchdown in a Comets’ uniform, going 43-yards up the middle to give Clayton a 12-6 lead midway through the first. Garner tied the game at 12 when Carrington struck from 25-yard score.
The Trojans rushed for 141 yards on 33 carries, while Mclean threw for 124 yards and a score. The Comets rushed for 171 yards on the ground.
The Cougars won their 32nd consecutive game, jumping out to a 27-0 halftime lead over the Wildcats.
Wake Forest (1-0) has now won 59 of their last 61 games. After getting on the board first with a field goal, the Cougars first touchdown of the 2018 season came when transfer wideout Traevon Knight caught a touchdown pass to put Wake Forest up 13-0.
After a turnover from Millbrook (0-1), the Cougars took advantage with a quick score and never looked back, rolling the rest of the way.
HILLSIDE 37, NEW BERN 8
In one of the top non-conference games on opening weekend, the Hillside Hornets (1-0) picked up a statement win, dominating New Bern (0-1), an Eastern North Carolina perennial power, 37-8.
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Rocky Mount 35, Middle Creek 16
Southern Nash 49 v. Green Hope 28
NC State-commit Zonovan Knight scored Southern Nash’s second touchdown of the game, helping propel the Firebirds to a three-touchdown victory.