Football

Clayton beats Garner for first time since 1985

Posted August 17
Updated August 19

— It had been nearly 32 years since Clayton experienced a win over Garner in high school football.

But on Friday night, it was time for that streak to end.

Clayton never trailed as it jumped out to an early lead on the Trojans and claimed a 35-14 win over their rivals.

The Comets scored early in the game when Devin Carter, who has committed to North Carolina State University, took a hand off to the right side and broke a 25-yard touchdown run. Clayton led 7-0 after the extra point was good.

On Garner's ensuing possession, Donovan Evans was hit and fumbled the ball. It was covered up by Josh Collins, giving Clayton the ball on the Trojans' 33-yard line.

That turnover led to a five-yard touchdown run by Trevaun Richardson, pushing the Clayton lead to 14-0.

And Clayton wasn't don't. Richardson scored a second touchdown with 9:21 left in the half and then another touchdown was added at the 4:50 mark as the Comets led Garner 28-0 late in the second quarter.

Garner managed to get on the board before halftime when sophomore quarterback Nolan McLean connected with Ahkee Vaughn for a touchdown, but the Trojans still trialed 28-7 at halftime.

Richardson scored again in the second half on an eight-yard touchdown. It was the only score of the second half for Clayton, but Garner's offense didn't get much going either. The Trojans scored one last touchdown on a McLean to Vaughn pass to cut the deficit to 35-14, but it wasn't enough.

For the first time since 1985, Clayton managed to defeat Garner in football, ending a decades-long streak.

Clayton returns to play on Aug. 25 with a home game against Rolesville at 7 p.m. Garner will travel to Cleveland on Aug. 25 for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

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