Trojans Spoil Party to Stay Perfect


West Johnston celebrated Homecoming on Friday night and Garner made short to spoil the party with a 56-7 thrashing of the Wildcats.

However, the Trojans didn't get out of the gate like head coach Nelson Smith would have liked a4-0s Justin Carroll found Jonathan Stevens on the first play from scrimmage and he sprinted 69-yards for the score and an early 7-0 lead for West Johnston (2-5, 1-3).

That would be as close as the Wildcats would get as Garner (8-0, 4-0) came storming back and knotted the score when Vince Jefferies hit Armani Lanier with a touchdown pass down the sideline for the game tying score.

On their next possession the Trojans took a lead they would not relinquish as Garner marched the ball down the field and eventually scored on Jefferies second touchdown run of the season to make it 14-7 for the visitors.  West got the ball back following possession and had just one play before Jeremie Bolobiongo scooped up a fumble and rumbled 44-yards for a score.

Garner's punched it in two more times in the opening half when Nyehim Hines and Raevon Smith both found pay dirt and a 35-7 lead for the men of Troy at recess.

The games second half was more of the same as the Trojans opened the second half with another Jefferies to Lanier connection (the seventh time they've connected for a score this season).

Later in the games third quarter, Hines broke free once again, this time from 66-yards out as we waltzed into the end zone for another score. Garner added the exclamation point early in the fourth quarter when Montel Watters made two men miss and rumbled in for the score.

It wasn't just the offense that played well for the Trojans; Garner's defense forced three fumbles and had a pair of interceptions on the evening as they coasted to the 56-7 victory.

Garner returns to action next Friday night when they welcome the Knightdale Knights to Trojan Stadium. It will be Pop Warner Night and players and cheerleaders wearing their Pop Warner uniforms will receive free admission to the game. Additionally, the announcement of homecoming court will be made at halftime. Kick-off for the contest is slated for 7:00.