It was a huge win,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “It is the first region game and that is what we needed. It is our rival game, but like I told you in the paper it is a region game, so it is just important as any other game. We are not going to get all up tight and nervous. I felt like we got to up tight and nervous last year. We came out did what we needed to do and I am just tickled to death for these guys. They worked hard, so I am proud of them.”
Garrett put on a show in the first half. The senior quarterback rushed for 212 of 239 rushing yards and he scored three of five touchdowns in the first half.
On the Lions first possession of the game, Garrett rushed up the middle then cut to the right sideline for an 85-yard touchdown. Brian Strickland's PAT was good to give Munford a 7-0 lead with 10:54 left in the first quarter.
“He is a great player,” Wagnon said. “A lot of people that don’t know him, he is as good as kid as he is a player. That’s what makes it so fun coaching these kids. The enjoyment to see them grow and mature-how much he matured not just as football player, but as a man. I am proud of him and I hope he continues to work hard like he has been and continues to get better as player and as a person.”
After going three and out on their first possession, Lincoln settled down and put points on the board. Mason McLean nailed a 38-yard field goal to cut the lead down to 7-3 with 6:09 left in the first quarter.
Garrett and the Lions put together a three-play 80-yard drive together for a touchdown on the ensuing possession. Calvin Smith took a pitch on the option 19 yards to the 39-yard line. On the next play Garrett sprinted down the right side line for a 61-yard touchdown to make it 13-3 with 5:44 left in the first quarter. The PAT was blocked by Derunyae Bell.
“It was a real great win for me and my team,” Garrett said. “First off I want to give the credit to my coaches and the offensive line. We have a great coaching staff and I think this the best offensive line that I have been around.”
McLean hit a 27-yard field goal to cut the Lions lead down to 13-6 with 2:38 left in the first quarter.
Lincoln’s Chance Byrd was picked off by Austin Stephen, who returned it to the Lincoln 14 yard line.
Christopher Chapman gained 6 yards around right end down to the 8-yard line. The drive stalled, which ended in Strickland connecting on a 28-yard field goal to put the Lions ahead 16-6 with 9:38 left in the second quarter.
The Golden Bears (0-2) offense continued to struggle on their next drive. Byrd threw his second interception of the game, this time to Tavion Lawson at the Lions’ 35 yard line.
On the first play of the drive, Garrett lost 10 yards on a sack in addition to 10 yard holding penalty pushed Munford back to their 15-yard line. Garrett once again called his own number for a 55-yard gain down the left sideline.
Lawson came in for Garrett at the quarterback position after taking a hit. Lawson rushed for 14 yards down the Lincoln 20 yard line. Garrett came back in a few plays later to cap of the drive with a 15 yard up the middle of the Golden Bears defense for a touchdown to increase the Lions lead to 23-6 with 6:21 left in the half.
“We made too many mistakes,” Lincoln head coach Brad Wallace said. “Mistakes killed us in the last two ball games. I got a good bunch of kids and I really want to see them do well. We are going to keep working. I told one of my players that we are going to keep on working and I am not going to quit coaching. We are going to coach you hard and we are going to get better and better as the season progress. We are going to be fine.”
Garrett’s only mistake came on the Lions (2-0) next possession as he tried to throw a pass while being taking to the ground, which was picked off by Shedrick Thomas who returned to the Munford 21 yard line. Byrd connected with Hunter Webster for 20 yards to set up first and goal. Lineman Jaunta’vius Johnson lined up in the backfield and bulldozed his way into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. The PAT by McLean was good to cut the Munford lead to 23-13.
Munford responded with an 80 yard touchdown drive to end the first half. The key play of the drive was 43-yard reception by Lawson down the left side down to the Lincoln 27 yard line. A few plays later, Garrett connected with Calvin Smith for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 30-13 lead.
Donterrious McGhee picked off Byrd and returned 35 yards down to the Golden Bears 29 hard line. Lawson came in for Garrett and recorded runs of 9 and 14 yards. Garrett capped off the drive with a 1 yard touchdown to increase their lead to 37-12.
“The defense was excellent,” Wagnon said. “The one touchdown they did score was my fault it was a bad play call. Beside that they were awesome and they have been playing awesome all year- that’s what we expected. You better play defense if you want to win ball games and that is what we are going right now. Hopefully, we can keep it going as we go through.”