Trojans Dominate Bulldogs to Stay Perfect


On a night where an era came to an end, the Garner Trojans used a stingy defense and high powered first half to defeat rival Southeast Raleigh 28-6 on Friday night inside Trojan Stadium.

Garner (10-0, 6-0) opened the scoring on its second possession of the night as Tyler Hinton took a hand-off any plowed his way into the end zone for the first score of the contest.

Following a three and out by Southeast Raleigh (5-5, 2-4), the Trojan offense went back to work and strung together a nice drive that appeared like it would stall inside the red zone as Garner faced a third and goal from the Bulldog 22-yard line; but that did not stop the Trojans as Vince Jefferies hit Nyheim Hines over the middle for a score and a 14-0 lead for the home team.

Both teams traded punts and turnovers over the next couple of possessions but just when they needed it, the Garner offense went back to work and matriculated the ball down the field using a 12-play, 69-yard drive to hang another score on the board. The possession was capped when Jefferies fired toward the end zone where he was looking for Brayden Sims but the ball was tipped into the air and fell into the waiting arms of  Armani Lanier for the score and a 21-0 advantage as the two teams went to the locker room for halftime.

Both defense dominated the third quarter while several penalties on both squads truncated any momentum the offense's had gained. However, the Trojans hung their final score on the board early in the fourth when Jefferies dove in from a yard out and the 28-0 lead.

Southeast Raleigh got on the board late in the fourth wen Cameron Marshmon hit Aschod Meeks-Ewing in the end zone for the score and the final 28-6 margin.

For the Trojans, it marks the 30th consecutive regular season victory which is the longest in 4-A football. Additionally, the men of Troy improve to 15-2 all-time against its rival.

Garner returns to action next week in the penultimate game of the regular season when they travel to Angier to battle with Harnett Central, kick-off is slated for 7:00.