GAC's Darius Slayton catches a pass earlier this season vs. Stone Mountain.
Greater Atlanta Christian has had a week off to recharge and game plan.
Which is probably not good news for the Howard School Hustlin’ Tigers.
The undefeated Spartans have rolled through the first half of the season, outscoring their opponents 190-46 and have Howard coming to town for yet another non-region matchup.
In the GHSA’s most recent alignment, GAC only plays four region games and that can make finding teams to play in the middle of the season a challenge.
“We’ve had a positive start to the year, but we’re looking forward to playing on Friday night again (after the bye week),” Spartans head coach Tim Hardy said. “At the start of the season, we planned on winning the games we’ve won. But we realize for us to reach our potential, we have a long way to go.”
Leading the offense this season has been junior running back Micah Abernathy. GAC knew what it had in returning quarterback Rafe Chapple and its receiving corps, including the dynamic Darius Slayton and Chris Williams. Abernathy has added to that potency with an effective ground game and is a threat on kickoff returns.
“He’s had a really good start and now is one of the main cogs in the wheel,” Hardy said.
The defense has been solid, too, keyed by linemen Price Roberts, Mitchell Shea and Mitchell Milovich.
“Probably the most impressive things has been the defense playing with energy and enthusiasm,” Hardy said. “We’ve had a lot of hats to the ball.”
Still, the defense will continue to be challenged as it sees different schemes this season.
“We have to broaden our ability to defend all the offenses we’ll see,” Hardy said. “And we need to be more efficient in the red zone on offense. Those have been points of emphasis.”
Hardy gave the players last Thursday and Friday off to rest up.
“We practice hard, but we did give them a chunk of time off,” Hardy said. “It’s a long season.
“Everyone came back refreshed.”