GAC rolls past Druid Hills

AVONDALE -- Last week Greater Atlanta Christian needed big plays in the second half in order to pull out a hard fought victory in Avondale. On Friday night, Lavondre Nelson and Kyle Scales made sure no second-half heroics were needed.

The duo combined for 243 rushing yards and three scores in the first half as GAC (2-0) defeated Druid Hills (0-2) 28-13 in Avondale.

"They are both veterans and do a really good job," GAC head coach Tim Cokely said of his rushing duo.

GAC struck early when Scales ran for a 66-yard score on the game's second play.

"Well, I got the ball and I had perfect blocking -- the line had perfect blocking. Any running back could have done it," Scales said.

However, the Spartans yielded the lead as Druid Hills tied the game on a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Noah Thomas to Jaquan Johnson.

GAC, which struggled early last week, was clicking on all cylinders amassing 170 total yards in the opening quarter. Quarterback Jared Chapple looked sharp, completing his first four passes, the first of which was a strike to Jeremy McGriff, who ran down the field for a 59-yard gain.

The Spartans did not let the big play go to waste as Scales punched it in from a yard out to put GAC back in front 14-7.

Despite the stellar offensive performance, GAC still repeated some of its same mistakes from a week ago as the Spartans squandered two promising second-quarter possessions with fumbles.

Nelson, who committed the second turnover, atoned for his sins on his next carry with a spectacular 79-yard touchdown run as he outran the entire Druid Hills defense to put GAC up by two scores.

Nelson's 164 rushing yards all came in the first half on five carries.

Scales, who gained 98 yards on nine carries, struck again as he weaved through the flailing arms of Druid Hills defenders to score on a 46-yard punt return that put GAC up by three scores.

The jubilation would be short-lived as GAC surrendered a kickoff return score for the second consecutive week, this time to Johnson on a 84-yard romp.

The GAC defense helped the team hold onto its advantage as it stiffened up in the fourth quarter with three sacks and a huge interception by Jonathan Ford deep in GAC territory.

The Spartans dominated the stat sheet, netting 409 total yards, 299 of those coming on the ground.

Despite the win, Cokely sees room for improvement.

"We are still trying to catch our stride, it seems that we are out of sync at times during games, but it's early in the season so we've got to pick it up," he said.