GAC gets final tune-up before facing Buford

NORCROSS -- Greater Atlanta Christian showed no signs of looking past its opponent to a highly anticipated showdown with No. 1 ranked Buford next week as it scored 34 points in the first quarter on the way to a 62-8 win over Clarkston on homecoming Friday night.

The Spartans (7-0, 2-0 subregion) lost the coin toss, but recovered a Clarkston fumble on the opening kickoff and took over at the Angoras' 39-yard line. Four plays later, Delano Spencer connected with Jeremy McGriff for a 13-yard touchdown. It was Spencer's first of four TD passes in the quarter.

GAC head coach Tim Cokely was pleased with the way his team played and also achieved an important goal of staying healthy going into next week.

"Our kids have worked long and hard to put us in this situation. We're excited because we want to go there and play well," Cokely said. "Just trying to stay healthy and take the best team we can out there because I know it's going to be really, really tough."

The Spartans were solid on both sides of the ball as they racked up 313 yards of offense in the first half and held Clarkston (1-6, 0-2 subregion) to minus 19 yards and only one first down which was on a Spartan penalty.

McGriff had the first two TD catches and Clay Metzger and Peter Whiteneck caught the other two from Spencer in the opening quarter before he gave way to junior David McTier. McTier was not to be outdone by Spencer as he ended up with a night he will not soon forget. McTier threw TD passes to Metzger and George Thomas of 3 and 29 yards, respectively, but he also had a nine-yard TD run and a 39-yard interception return for a score in the second quarter.

"That was a lot of fun. I love that." McTier said about his defensive score. "This is only my second game at safety and I'm really enjoying it a lot. I'm really picking it up quickly and the coaches are doing a great job moving me along with it."

McTier was the leading rusher for the Spartans with 56 yards on four carries. Despite having a short night, Spencer was 9 of 10 passing for 137 yards. GAC was able to get a lot of players in the game late and even with a running clock they were able to put together a 15-play drive, which they covered 61 yards on the ground in the third quarter and was capped off by a one-yard dive by Joey Schrader who ended up with 32 yards on eight carries in the game.