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Week 5 Football: GAC AT BLESSED TRINITY

Kaliff Raymond, GAC 

Kaliff Raymond, GAC 

After three solid victories, Greater Atlanta Christian suffered its first loss of the Tim Cokely era last Friday. Westminster held the ball with efficiency on offense and its defense shut down the Spartans for three-plus quarters.

GAC did respond after falling behind 24-0, scoring two fourth-quarter TDs to close the gap.

GAC SPARTANS (6-AA, DIV. A)

■ Coach: Tim Cokely

■ Record: 3-1

■ Last week: Lost to Westminster 24-13

BLESSED TRINITY TITANS (6-AA, DIV. B)

■ Coach: Ricky Turner

■ Record: 3-0

■ Last week: Beat Avondale 34-0

“At 24-0, they could have mailed it in,” Cokely said. “But our guys kept

fighting and got back in there.”

Receiver Kaliff Raymond (three catches, 71 yards) was a big spark in the comeback, as were quarterbacks Jared Chapple and David McTier. Linebacker Jarrod Rickman (14 tackles) led a defense that was on the field for lengthy periods last week.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight with unbeaten Blessed Trinity, which beat Benedictine and Avondale by combined 78-0 this season and also pulled out a good 17-14 win over Grady. The Titans had never defeated GAC until last season.

“(Blessed Trinity’s) got a lot of size up front,” Cokely said.

The GAC coach notices quickly on film a Titan line that includes Jack Bradley (6-foot-3, 298 pounds), Jack Howard (6-3, 270) and Thomas Pietro (6-4, 279). Linebackers T.K. Thomas and Nick D’Amato head up the defense.

■ Last meeting: Blessed Trinity won 17-11 last year

■ Directions to Blessed Trinity Catholic High School: I-85 south to Jimmy Carter Boulevard, turn right off exit. Follow until road becomes Holcomb Bridge Road and Crossville Road. Turn left on Woodstock Road.