Garner shuts down Athens to advance


On a soggy night at Trojan Stadium, Garner used their ground attack to down Athens Drive 42-0 in the first round of the 4-AA state playoffs.

Athens Drive (5-7) took the opening kick-off down the field before attempting a 32-yard field goal, however, Tommy Evanoff's kick hit the upright and bounced off.

That was more than enough for Garner (12-0) who took the ensuing possession and marched down field thanks to a 59-yard Juwan Moye run down to the one yard line before Vince Jefferies punched it in for a seven point lead.

Early in the second quarter, the Trojans extended their lead as Jefferies hit Armani Lanier for a 27-yard touchdown strike and a 14-0 lead.

Midway through the third, it was the Garner rushing attack again as the Trojans marched down tho the one yard line before Moye scored to make it 21-0 Garner.

On the ensuing kick-off, Athens fumbled the ball away where Garner picked up the loose ball and on the ensuing drive, Anthony Tucker scored on a reverse and when the extra point snapped was bobble, Moye took off and ran it in for the two-point try and a 29-0 lead.

That lead grew to 36-0 at the break after a Demetrius Fairley 13-yard run and at intermission, it was all Trojans.

Garner put their final score on the board on the first drive of the third quarter. The scoring drive lasted 13 plays and covered 65 yards taking over six minutes off the clock and was capped with Fairley's second score of the night as the Trojans rolled to the second round with a 42-0 victory.

The Trojans will return home next week when they welcome Wilmington Laney to Trojan Stadium. Kick-off is slated for 7:30.