GAC keeps accelerating

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

NORCROSS -- Their second-round playoff game turned out to be a rout, but Greater Atlanta Christian coach Thom Jacquet believes his team still accomplished something in the 8-0 victory over Coosa on Wednesday.

"We were really ready to play," Jacquet said. "I was pleased at how hard we played. We scored those goals early and never really took our foot off the gas. Our energy was there."

No. 1-ranked GAC (15-2) will play the winner of today's game between defending state champion Thomasville and Morgan County in the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs. GAC will host the game Saturday.

GAC has now won its first two playoff games by a combined 15-1 margin. The game with Coosa was shortened to a 20-minute second half because of the lopsided score. Jacquet stressed to his club that the quality of competition is likely to improve as the playoffs progress.

"Tougher games are coming," he said. "We've got some big games coming up."

The Spartans got goals from five different players against Coosa, including a hat trick from senior Denzel Clarke, who has scored 38 times. Stewart Abrahart had two goals and one assist. Kyle Rees, Stevin Bienfait and Max Gomas each had one goal and one assist. Matt Carothers had two assists and Grant Griffin had one assist.

"Our passing was great, our finishing was great," Jacquet said.

The defense also did a nice job. Freshman Marius Heislitz played a strong game in goal and answered the challenge when tested.

"The defense didn't want to give up any goals," Jacquet said. "They had a couple of players who were pretty good, but we did a good job on them."

Coosa's season ended at 12-7. The Eagles were the No. 2 team from Region 7-AA and had defeated Carver-Columbus 10-1 in the first round.

"I was actually surprised because they had played some good games," Jacquet said. "But when we got on top of them early, it seemed to take a lot out of them."