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Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Chamblee Bulldogs (6-AAAA)

Coach: Allen Johnson

Record: 2-0

Last week: Beat Druid Hills 26-16

GAC Spartans (6-AA)

Coach: Tim Hardy

Record: 3-0

Last week: Beat Apalachee 56-14

GAC’s offense hasn’t been slowed at all this season, rolling up 48, 41 and 56 points in its first three outings. Last Friday’s win over Class AAAAA Apalachee was the unit’s sharpest effort to date with 49 first-half points.

Quarterback Rafe Chapple completed 9 of 11 passes for 196 yards, rushed for 83 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. His top targets were Chris Williams (five catches, 107 yards, TD) and Darius Slayton (three catches, 80 yards, TD), while Micah Abernathy returned from injury with another big game — five rushes for 118 yards and a TD and a 94-yard kickoff return TD.

The defense was stout in the victory as well, with Mitchell Milovich causing havoc with three tackles for losses, a fumble recovery and a caused fumble.

“We played well (vs. Apalachee),” coach Tim Hardy said. “We played a clean game on both sides of the ball. It was sharp and it was clean. We played well on the defensive side of the ball, too. … I feel like we’re doing some good things on special teams. That’s been a big part of our success, doing well on coverage and returns.”

Special teams, specifically a blocked field goal at the end of regulation, led to the Spartans’ loss last year to Chamblee. It was GAC’s first defeat and sparked the Bulldogs to an 8-2 regular season. Turning that result around this season won’t be easy against another strong Chamblee team.

“Chamblee’s a step up (in competition),” Hardy said. “They’re big where you want to be big and fast where you want to be fast. They’re definitely the best team we’ve played so far.”

Last meeting: Chamblee won 27-24 in overtime last year

Directions to Greater Atlanta Christian School: From I-85, go east on Indian Trail Road and school is on the right.