GAC plays Charlton in the Dome

They say Atlanta is fun this time of year, and for Greater Atlanta Christian, one more win means a return trip to the Dome against a familiar nemesis from 1998.

The GAC Spartans reached the playoffs 8 of the last 9 years, but for the last three years, they've been bounced in the 2nd round. They advanced to 3rd round play in 1998 against none other than Charlton County. The Spartans won that game at home, but now they must travel in order to make it back to the Dome.

"It's kind of fitting that we now go out there," says GAC Head Coach Jimmy Chupp, "It's the same coaching staff as the '98 game. This year's team is loaded with talent. They have great athletes, their offensive line averages 260 pounds, they are speedy, skillful, especially at quarterback. Their QB has thrown for over 1,900 yards and 30 touchdowns."

GAC is 11-1 this season, winners of 7 straight heading into Friday night's game.

They'll ride the legs of superstar Micah Andrews, who has run for over 2,000 yards this season.

You could say that GAC is always stacked because they are a private school, but Coach Chupp is quick to refute that.

"A lot of people will say we recruit at private schools, but that's just not the case," says Coach Chupp. "Two of our best players have been in the school system since they were in kindergarten, including Micah Andrews. When they were that young, there wasn't even a football team here at GAC. We don't recruit these kids, we grow them. There's no bitterness here; these kids want to be Spartan football players from the time they are little kids."

GAC will travel this weekend, which isn't a problem at all. In fact, the Spartans are undefeated away from Norcross this season.

Coach Chupp is quick to point out that his boys actually LIKE to play away from home.

"We enjoy it; we have a routine on the road. Someone else has to worry about the fields, the officials, all the little things. We can focus on football and think about winning the game," says Chupp.

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