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GARNER — Wake Forest’s football team continues their dominating win streak after blowing out Garner 52-17 on the road Friday. The Cougars have won their past four games by more than 30 points in each contest. It took Wake Forest a while to get a handle on Garner, but they managed to hold the Trojans to their lowest scoring output of the season so far. Head coach Reggie Lucas said he liked how his players responded in the second half to get the big margin of victory. “We played a great second half,” Lucas said. “In the first half, we gave up two big plays that hurt us defensively. Offensively, we were able to pass and run the ball well in the second half.” Noah Douglas led the charge for the Cougars in the win at Garner. The senior quarterback passed for a season-high 170 yards and one touchdown pass to Kahlil Watson. He also carried the ball six times for 70 yards and a rushing touchdown. “Noah has the ability to be a dynamic player every Friday night,” Lucas said. “It’s evident that he’s getting more and more confident running our offense. He is very fast and has a strong arm. I’m looking forward seeing him lead this team into conference play.” Another player who had a great game for Wake Forest was Elijah Hines. The senior running back carried the ball nine times and led the Cougars with 92 rushing yards and a touchdown.

“We moved Elijah from linebacker to fullback for more depth at running back,” Lucas said. “He is a strong young man with explosive speed at the fullback position. He is only going to get better as he gets more familiar with the offense.” Watson had a monster game for Wake Forest at the wide receiver position. The junior hauled in eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown. Even though Maquel Haywood was held to just 45 rushing yards on 14 carries, he still managed to get the ball into the end zone twice. Chris Moore had a decent night for the Cougars with nine carries for 58 yards and he caught a 24-yard touchdown pass off a trick play from Cody Britt. Defensively, Wake Forest struggled in the first half. The Cougars went into halftime up 17-10. After a halftime speech from Lucas, Wake Forest outscored Garner 35-7 after only allowing one touchdown in the fourth quarter. “Defensively, we did not want to give up big plays and in the first half we gave up a few that led to touchdowns,” Lucas said. “In the second half, we played very well and slowed Garner offense.” With their fourth win in a row, Wake Forest improved their record to 4-1 overall. The Cougars will take on Wallace-Rose Hill at home Friday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs is a very similar team to Wake Forest, as they have won three straight state championships from 2015 to 2017. “This week is going to be a tough game against a strong team,” Lucas said. “Wallace-Rose Hill is a solid program year in and year out. They also run the wing-T offensive formation like us, which is very hard to defend. We will need to play a great game across the board.”