GAC Spartans (7-AAA)
Coach: Tim Hardy
Record: 8-1, 5-0 region
Last week: Had a bye
Fannin County Rebels (7-AAA)
Coach: Chad Cheatham
Record: 6-3, 3-2
Last week: Beat Lumpkin County 35-14
After a well-used bye week, which included days off for Halloween, Greater Atlanta Christian is thinking about the regular-season finale more like the start of a playoff push. The Spartans sit atop the 7-AAA standings with only a non-region loss to Lovett marring their record.
“It's playoff time,” GAC head coach Tim Hardy said. “We're coming to it. With the bye last week, now is the time to flip it. We practiced hard and we feel like we're in a good position.”
The Spartans bring a potent and varied offense to the table. Senior quarterback Jackson Hardy has thrown for 1,662 yards and 18 touchdowns. Sixteen different players have caught passes this season. The top targets have been Brooks Miller (20 for 265 yards), Christian Thomas (21 for 285), Jake Hicks (14 for 299) and Thomas Lowman (13 for 237).
Tyler Bride has the bulk of the rushing yards (935 with 12 touchdowns on 100 carries). Montae Bailey has done a yeoman’s job with 304 yards on 51 carries.
Tyler Curland is 34 of 35 on point-after attempts and made two short field goals (the only two he's been asked to kick. The junior also averages 55.2 yards on kickoffs.
“We did a lot of situational work (in the early part of the bye week),” Hardy said. “We worked on different field zones — and then gave them some time off. It was a good physical and mental break.
“Now we're locked in for the road ahead.”
Fannin County has secured a playoff spot for the second time in as many seasons under head coach Chad Cheatham.
“They run a somewhat traditional pro-style, Pro-I offense,” Hardy said. “They want to establish the run. They can use the quarterback with spread sets. Their quarterback is a good player.”
Last meeting: GAC won 37-14 last year
Location: Fannin County