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No. 4 GAC treats Falcons coach to fifth straight win

Greater Atlanta Christian wide receiver Andrew Lewis (83) is tackled by Blessed Trinity's Dylan Cote (5) during Friday's game.
 GAC quarterback David McTier (14) is tackled by Blessed Trinity's Chris Hagemeyer (32) during Friday's game.
 Tight end Conner Joseph (33) of Greater Atlanta Christian breaks a tackle of Blessed Trinity's Sam Roberts (12) during Friday's game. 

Greater Atlanta Christian wide receiver Andrew Lewis (83) is tackled by Blessed Trinity's Dylan Cote (5) during Friday's game. GAC quarterback David McTier (14) is tackled by Blessed Trinity's Chris Hagemeyer (32) during Friday's game. Tight end Conner Joseph (33) of Greater Atlanta Christian breaks a tackle of Blessed Trinity's Sam Roberts (12) during Friday's game. 

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NORCROSS -- With Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith watching, Greater Atlanta Christian put on an offensive show again Friday night.

The unbeaten Spartans, ranked No. 4 in Class AA, came in averaging 40 points per game. Blessed Trinity couldn't even quite hold them to that.

Kyle Scales scored two touchdowns and set up another with a long punt return as GAC improved to 5-0 with a 42-28 victory in a Region 6-AA crossover game at Spartan Stadium.

"This is the first time I've seen GAC this season, but I try to get to a game every year," said Smith, who has a daughter in the sixth grade at the school. "I'm impressed. GAC has some really good athletes."

Even with the decisive victory, though, GAC still has some things to work on during an off week before opening sub-region play on Oct. 7 at home against Decatur. After that looms a showdown at No. 1-ranked and four-time defending champ Buford on Oct. 21.

The Spartans committed 15 penalties for 110 yards and defensive breakdowns, including several missed tackles on big plays, allowed Blessed Trinity (1-3) to keep the score relatively close.

GAC also suffered a costly injury. Senior wide receiver Kalif Raymond broke his right ankle after making his fourth catch of the game in the second quarter.

Scales had touchdown runs of 19 and 46 yards, returned a punt 62 yards and also intercepted a pass. He had 100 yards rushing on eight carries and caught two passes for 26 more yards.

Delano Spencer, who threw five touchdown passes in last week's 49-10 victory over Westminster at the Georgia Dome, completed 14 of 19 passes for 132 yards and also had 72 yards rushing on eight carries while splitting duties with David McTier and Jared Chapple.

GAC, which had 310 yards on the ground, went up by three touchdowns in the third quarter as Scales broke off his 46-run and DaSean Daniels scored from the 2-yard line after a fumble recovery by Turshard Kimball-Brinson had set the Spartans up.

John Davis caught an 80-yard TD pass from Spencer McManes to cut the GAC lead to 35-21 on the first play of the fourth quarter. But Chapple scored from a yard out on a quarterback sneak soon afterwards and McManes' 8-yard TD pass to Chris Dore with 18 seconds left was meaningless.

After sabotaging their first drive with a pair of holding penalties, the Spartans got an early spark from Scales. Weaving through BT players, Scales broke a 62-yard punt return to the 5-yard line and McTier scored from 2 yards out on third down.

GAC went up 14-0 on a 1-yard sneak by Chapple early in the second quarter to cap a 76-yard drive. But BT sandwiched two TDs around one by GAC to make it 21-14 at halftime.

Sam Roberts ran 16 yards for the first BT score after breaking a long run and McManes hit Dore for a 6-yard TD pass 52 seconds before halftime after setting up the Titans with a 40-yard completion to Roberts.

GAC's third TD had come on a 19-yard run by Scales at the end of a 70-yard drive. The teams scored on each of the first four possessions of the second quarter.

Ross Wood had a 64-yard punt in the fourth quarter for GAC and Kris Smith had a big first-half sack. Connor Cox was perfect on six extra-point attempts.