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Garner Rallies Behind Championship Football Dreams

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GARNER — Only a few high school football teams are left to dress up for another game. Richmond County will suit up to play the Garner Trojans Saturday in Chapel Hill for the State 4-A Championship.

The school and many Garner residents are rallying around the team to inspire greatness.

Indoor classes ended early at Garner High School Friday, while a class in school spirit resumed outdoors.

"We've got a great team, great band and great cheerleaders," coach Hal Stewart said.

School spirit is spilling over into the town of Garner.

"We're selling tickets for the football game tomorrow," says Felicia Stanley, manager of Captain Stanley's Seafood restaurant. "My little cousin's a cheerleader for Garner, and one of the Garner football players works here for us."

"[The support] is tremendous with all the community spirit and the school spirit," Stewart said.

Stewart hopes the spirit spills over into a show of support in Chapel Hill.

Stewart believes good execution, fan support and maybe one more seafood dinner might do the trick.

"He eats here about three times a week, and he's superstitious," Stanley said. "Once the season starts and they win, he eats the same thing everyday."

A State Championship would be a new experience for the current team, but not for the school. The Garner Trojans won the state title 11 years ago.

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