GAC 34, Avondale 21

NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian overcame numerous penalties to explode for two quick touchdown passes in the span of 40 seconds late in the first half and then cruised to a 34-21 victory over Avondale on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

After building a 28-0 lead after the third period, Avondale returned the favor with two quick touchdowns that used up only 51 seconds to make things interesting late in the game.

With its lead cut to 14, GAC responded with another touchdown to snuff out any hopes of victory for Avondale, although the visitors countered with their third TD of the game only 38 seconds later.

The wild affair ended when GAC mounted a drive to run out the clock. That drive was aided by a personal foul penalty against Avondale that was the 21st of the night between the two teams for a total of 198 yards.

"It was the game that wouldn't end," said GAC head coach Ken Robinson, whose team is 3-1 in Region 6-AA. "It wasn't our best game but we got a win and you have to give Avondale credit because they played hard."

GAC's Colton Chapple hit Elie Haynes on a 37-yard bomb for the first score of the evening with 1:31 left in the first half.

Avondale tried to respond with a drive of its own but GAC's Corey Simmons picked off a Dawson pass and returned it to the Blue Devils' 18-yard line. The Spartans struck quickly again with a pass from Chapple to receiver Julian Horton from 18 yards and GAC led 14-0 lead at the break.

The second half featured 41 combined points with both teams moving the ball at will. GAC's Chapple ended the night with 8 of 12 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The Spartan senior also turned a quarterback sneak into an 81-yard sprint for a touchdown midway in the third quarter.

Avondale's Jocquille Dawson had a good night throwing as well, completing 11 of 26 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He suffered three interceptions, however, from a determined GAC secondary. Picking off passes for the Spartans were Corey Simmons and Taylor Bruner.