Second half surge sends Garner to victory


Facing their biggest deficit of the year, Garner found their stride scoring 37 points in the second half to finish undefeated with a 44-23 in over Harnett Central.

Garner (11-0, 7-0) scored on their first play from scrimmage as Juwan Moye rambled for 96-yards and the score to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead.

However that would be about the only highlight for Garner in the first half as Harnett Central (5-5, 2-5) scored 17 unanswered points on a touchdown run from Malcolm Graves and a Bale Ware pass to make it 14-7. Nate Laing added a 47-yard field goal and at the break, Central held a 17-7 lead.

A Garner fumble gave Central the ball early in third Ware rumbled up the middle 65-yards for the score and a 23-7 lead.

With thing looking bleak for Garner, Moye, put the Trojans on his back and carried them to victory rumbling for 316 yards on 22 carries helping Garner pull to within eight after a touchdown run and a two-point conversion with over nine minutes left in the third.

The Trojans pulled even with 5:30 to play in the third when Tyler Hinton scored from three yards out and another two point conversion tied the contest at 23.

With the game tied, it was all Garner as Moye and Hinton took over scoring a combined three touchdowns helping Garner roll to 44-23 win and cap an undefeated season for the first time since 2007.

Additionally, the 316 yards from Moye is the highest single game total since Sean Jackson in 1999.

Garner will be back in action next week when they are home for the first round of the state playoffs. Kick-off will be 7:30 and the opponent will be announced on Saturday.