GAC Spartans (6-AA)
• Coach: Tim Cokely
• Record: 1-0
• Last week: Beat Columbia 35-26
Druid Hills Red Devils (5-AAA)
• Coach: Kip Hall
• Record: 0-1
• Last week: Lost to South Atlanta 14-8
For the second straight week, GAC plays a Class AAA team from DeKalb County at the same site, Avondale Stadium. Head coach Tim Cokely wouldn’t mind a more comfortable victory than last week’s close game with Columbia and he’d like his team to clean up turnovers (three) and special teams play (after giving up a kickoff return TD).
“We made a bunch of mistakes, things that happen in the first game I suppose,” Cokely said. “But the kids played hard. As coaches, we didn’t coach our best game. We’ve got to eliminate mistakes if we want to compete with the top teams on our schedule.”
The Spartans routed Druid Hills last season 48-7, but the Red Devils looked much better on defense in this season’s opener. They’ll have to stop a GAC offense that rotated three quarterbacks — David McTier, Jarod Chapple and Delano Spencer — last Friday.
“Our team’s rounding into shape because we’ve got a lot of kids that play and they’re very unselfish,” Cokely said.
One who plays more than most is Kyle Scales, who ran for 50 yards, had two punt returns of 70 yards and had a TD catch in the opener. Grant Bell and Tate Cooksey joined Georgia Tech-bound Chase Roberts to lead the offensive front, while Jonathan Ford (14 tackles, two fumble recoveries) led the defense in tackles. Kris Smith and Tony Jones Jr. also combined for an astonishing 14 quarterback hurries vs. Columbia.
• Last meeting: GAC won 48-7 last year
• Directions to Avondale Stadium: I-85 south to I-285 east. Take Exit 41/Ga. Hwy. 10/Memorial Drive and turn right toward Avondale Estates. Turn right onto Columbia Drive and take the next right onto Clarendon Avenue.