When Garner and Fayetteville Jack Britt battled in the second round of the 4-AA North Carolina High School Athletic Association football playoffs, there was an offensive explosion that resulted in a number of additions to the NCHSAA football record book.
One fairly obscure record was shattered, and that is mark for total offense for both teams combined. Often in games like these where records are set, one team has some monster totals and the other team’s totals are not that impressive.
However, the existing record, which has been around for 50 years, was 1,254 yards, set when South Stanly rolled up 827 yards and Anson 427 back on October 18, 1963, a game South Stanly won by 87-27.
On Friday night, Garner outlasted Jack Britt 63-56 in a game close on the scoreboard as well as statistically. Britt accumulated a whopping 689 yards and Garner had 652, at least according to one newspaper account, for a massive total of 1,341 yards.
Nyheim Hines of Garner became the 10th player recorded in NCHSAA history to rush for seven touchdowns in a game, and his 454 yards on 35 carries places him ninth on the all-time single game rushing list.
Not to be outdone, however, Eric Carter of Britt rambled for 390 yards rushing in 30 attempts and also earned a performance listing in the record book, which contains single-game efforts of 350 yards or more.