HAPEVILLE -- With just four region games on the schedule, Greater Atlanta Christian knew that its second region match up was a huge step toward capturing the region title. With a quick start and solid play GAC took care of business, beating Hapeville Charter 38-20 Friday night.
"We made enough plays to win," GAC head coach Tim Hardy said. "I am disappointed with our focus and we didn't execute the way we needed to for 48 minutes but our players made enough plays to win the game and I am proud of that."
Greater Atlanta Christian (6-2, 2-0 6AA) darted out in front early as running back Kyle Scales, who led the team with 119 rushing yards, scored on a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter.
First, the senior running back burst through a huge hole created by the offensive line, cut back to avoid a tackler and raced down the left sideline to put his team on top by seven.
His second score lacked the excitement, but was just as effective. He ran it in from one yard out following a fumble recovery by linebacker Corris Crockett.
GAC widened the margin, in the second quarter as quarterback Rafe Chapple found receiver Peter Whiteneck, who caught three passes for 99 yards, wide open down the left sideline as Whiteneck outran the Hapeville Charter secondary angling into the end zone for an 80-yard score.
Hapeville Charter (2-6, 0-3 6AA) got on the scoreboard in the second quarter as it ended an impressive drive with a one-yard scoring run by Darius Demps.
GAC put the game away in the third quarter as the Chapple to Whiteneck connection hooked up again for a nine-yard score to put the Spartans up 31-6.
Despite the win, GAC yielded 244 yards on the ground, many of those yards coming in the second half, a point that was not lost on Hardy.
"We sort of were bending but didn't break," Hardy said of his defense. "We want to be the best we can be and I don't know if tonight was our best effort."
Chapple threw for 152 yards on six completions as the Spartans stayed on top of the region and will prepare for a clash with Wesleyan next week.
"When you have only four region games, everyone of them is huge. That will be a big one next week." Hardy said.