GAC Opens Tim Hardy Era With Win

Greater Atlanta Christian entered the 2012 season having to replace a lot of people, including their head coach. Tim Hardy took the opening and cashed in his first win as the head coach of the Spartans with a 34-26 win over a steadfast Stone Mountain squad.

The Spartans got it started early and kept it going scoring on their first three drives of the game. The Spartans had to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Brandon Holzgrefe after a bad Pirate punt and led 3-0 in the first. After that the end zone would become their friend as Rafe Chapple hit Darius Slayton on a 25-yard touchdown pass  later in the first quarter followed by Kyle Scales picking and slipping his way to a 20-yard touchdown run giving the Spartans a 17-0 lead in the second quarter-Scales lead the Spartans in rushing going for 132 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.

The Pirates would put together a pretty good drive with the help of a big pass play but would turn the ball over on downs after a failed fourth down. The Pirates defense would then score as the Spartans Chapple recovered a bad snap in the end zone for a safety and a 17-2 GAC lead. Stone Mountain’s Cordelaro Cook would then be picked off by Slayton who returned it 51-yards to the Pirates 24 setting up another successful Holzgrefe field goal for the 20-2 halftime lead.

Stone Mountain would be a different bunch in the second half getting it started recovering a botched GAC kickoff return. Corderal Cook would find Sammy Jackson on a 25-yard touchdown pass cutting the Spartan lead to 12 at 20-8. The Pirate defense would make another play. After sophomore Micah Abernathy had a couple positive runs, Chapple would run and fumble and #1 recovered it for Stone Mountain at midfield. Solomon Parker would later dive in from a yard out another Pirate touchdown for 20-14 count.

GAC would strike back quickly. Scales ripped off a 42-yard run down to the 2 and Chapple sneaked it in a few plays later. The Spartans would then get an interception, a Peter Whiteneck 30-yard run on a reverse and a Corey Stevenson touchdown run for a healthy 34-14 lead heading to the fourth.

In the fourth Stone Mountain would fight as Corderal Cook would keep two broken down plays alive tossing touchdowns to Sammy Johnson of 68 and 86 yards pulling the Pirates to 34-26 after failed two-point conversions and four minutes remaining. Cook would passed  for 272 yards and three touchdowns while Johnson had 179 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Dante’ Ferguson’s squad would not get any closer as GAC converted 3rd downs and wasted the clock for the victory.

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