Nine different runners combined for 428 rushing yards, and seven players put points on the board for Fayetteville.
Coach John Limbaugh said it didn’t surprise him.
“These guys want to make the playoffs, and they’re hungry, and they played like it tonight,” he said. “They did what I expected them to do. I’ve known they could do this. We finally turned that corner.”
Fayetteville took charge early, taking the opening kickoff and driving 52 yards to score, with Darious Cook running for the final 8 yards to score. Jacob Skinner kicked the first of his PATs of the night from Jon Harbin’s hold.
The Wolves scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, two on long runs and one on a short pass. Harbin found an opening around left end and scored on a 31-yard run, followed up with a quarterback keeper by Harbin for two points. He followed that up two minutes later with a 59-yard touchdown run. Late in the half, Tyari Powell passed to Tyler Pennington on a 5-yard touchdown play.
Fayetteville’s defense also came up with two turnovers in the quarter. Peyton McKee intercepted a pass from Will Ivey, which led to Harbin’s first touchdown, and Houston Goins came up with a fumble that led to his second.
Spring Garden got on the board in the second quarter after a 60-yard kickoff return gave the Panthers solid field position at the Fayetteville 19 yard line. Ben Ivey carried 14 yards to the left corner to score. Hunter Bondie kicked the PAT from Ivey’s hold.
Fayetteville had 250 rushing yards in the first half and completed three passes in three attempts for 31 yards. Fayettville led 28-7 at the half.
Austin Brasher scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter, following another fumble recovery by Goins.
Fayetteville scored three more times in the fourth quarter. The first came on a 41-yard down the right sideline by Powell at the quarterback position.
Harbin returned as quarterback on the next possession and scored on a 49-yard run around left end.
The last touchdown came after a spinning move by McKee that let him break loose for a 50-yard run.
Fayetteville’s defense held Spring Garden to 79 yards of total offense, all of it rushing yardage.
Harbin was the leading ground-gainer for Fayetteville with 136 rushing yards. Powell also passed the century mark with 103 yards rushing.
Cook led defensively with six tackles, and Steve Brasher had a sack.
Fayetteville travels to Winterboro next week for a Region 4 game. Spring Garden hosts Gaylesville.