Only Mother Nature Stops Trojans in Homecoming Win


The only thing that stopped Garner on Friday night at Trojan Stadium was Mother Nature. The Trojans racked up 34 points over the first 22 minutes of the football game but would score no more as rain and lighting ended the homecoming game against Smithfield-Selma before the game reached the halfway point.

Garner (7-0, 3-0) took the opening drive of the contest and marched down the field on the Spartan defense and scored in just 1:22 as Reavon Smith marched in from seven yards out for the early lead.

Smithfield-Selma (0-7, 0-3) went three an out on its opening drive of the game and the Trojans then blocked the punt of Chris Parker before the Spartans recovered at their own 13 yard line. But it took the men of Troy just three plays to score as Kenneth Perkinson nailed a 27-yard field goal and gave Garner a 10-0 advantage.

The Trojans scored again on its next possession as Nyheim Hines got in on the action with an 11-yard scamper to make it 17-0, Garner.

After a Spartan fumble was recovered at the six yard line, Tyler Hinton found pay dirt rumbling in from six yards out and a 24-0 Garner lead at the end of the opening quarter. 

The men of Troy had a pair of scores before the game was truncated due to weather as Smith found the end zone on a 29-yard run and Perkinson booted a 23-yard field goal for the final 34-0 margin.

For the Trojan defense, it marks the second time in three games that Garner has pitched a shut out while SSS finished the game with -9 yards on the contest.

Due to the weather issue this evening, all of Garner's homecoming activities, including the announcement of homecoming court will be moved to halftime of the Knightdale game on October 12.

Garner returns to action on Friday night when they travel to Benson to host West Johnston, kick-off is set for 7:00.