Cougars fight for the finish


Julia Collner

This Friday, Trentini Stadium will host the2014 4AA Eastern Regional Final between Garner and Wake Forest.

Garner, 10-1 in the regular season, will be a tough match up for the Cougars. The Garner Magnet Trojans have a total of 3,147 rushing yards compared to the Cougar’s 4,287.

At this point in the playoffs, the Cougars have only allowed 55 points to be scored on them and have scored a total of 115 points on their opponents. Garner will be the most challenging team they face to date. They have only given up 19 total points throughout playoffs and have scored 113.

Wake Forest will be hindered after running back Bryce Love was injured in last week’s playoff game against Millbrook. However the Trojans running back Nyheim Hines is also dealing with injuries and only totaled four carries in his last playoff game against Panther Creek.

Wake Forest and Garner both took first in their conferences and have other comparable similarities.

Both teams played Cary during regular season, resulting in a blow-out of 48-0. When both teams faced off against Broughton, Wake Forest won 60-20 and Garner Magnet won with a similar score of 63-13.

The similarities of the two programs do not end with individual game scores. Garner has a 115-25 record from the past 10 years. Wake Forest has a 114-26 record from the past 10 years.

In those 10 years, Wake Forest has been to the regional final four times and the state final twice. Garner is slightly behind with three regional final appearances and one state final appearance.

The two teams will go head to head this Friday. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $8.