Broughton preparing for rematch with Garner
Posted November 7, 2010
It's a common theme in the new pod playoff system the N.C. High School Athletic Association is using this season - rematches.
Broughton will travel to Garner for the second time this season, this time in a one-and-done playoff scenario.
The Capitals defeated Garner 21-20 in the second week of the regular season as Garner started the season 0-2 for the first time since 1983.
"What have they done since that?" Broughton coach Chris Martin said. "They've won nine straight. This is a different Garner team now."
Martin said the game will be played different this time when Garner and Broughton meet.
"At that point in the season, I think Garner was really trying to find itself," Martin said. "They had just gotten the running back from Fayetteville (A.J. Clanton), and they were trying to figure out where to use certain people. They've figured it out."
Garner didn't score in the first week against Millbrook, then only managed 20 points against Broughton. But since the Broughton game, Garner is averaging more than 41 points per game. Garner has also scored 73 and 63 points in games this season.
Last week, Garner defeated Harnett Central 42-0.
The Trojan offense, with stars like Clanton and Juwan Moye, gets a lot of attention from the media and fans alike, but the defense has been one the major stories this season.
Garner has allowed just 68 points all season. The Trojans allow an average of just six points per game, and they've pitched four shutouts.
"We've got athletes, we've got some playmakers, and our team speed is good, so I think we have a shot to win the game, of course," said Martin. "But this is going to be a real tough game."
But Martin doesn't know that revenge will be a big factor in the game for Garner.
"You know that was a while ago, so I don't know that they're siting there saying, 'Hey they beat us, so we've got to beat them,'" he said. "But I'm sure they're looking at the fact that we're coming into their house and they've got to win to move on in the playoffs."
Garner will host Broughton in the first round of the NCHSAA 4-AA state playoffs on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the game will play the winner of the game will get the winner of the Middle Creek-Leesville Road game.
"It definitely sets up some potential interesting match-ups," Martin said. "Middle Creek and Garner are big rivals, and obviously we're big conference rivals with Leesville Road."