GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN ENTERED LAST YEAR’S
state title game on the verge of perfection.
The Spartans matchup with Benedictine provided the
chance for the first football state championship in school
history and to complete a 15-0 season.
GAC narrowly defeated the Cadets in the season opener.
The rematch didn’t go coach Tim Hardy and his bunch’s
way, as Benedictine got off to a quick start and won 45-21.
Hardy tipped his hat to Benedictine with his comments to
the media in the Georgia Dome. Then he and his team got
back to work.
It’s hard not to predict GAC to be in a similar position in
the seasons to come. Under Hardy, the Spartans are 34-7 in
They lost to Jefferson in the state semis in 2012. Lost to
eventual state runner-up Calhoun in ’ 13.
It’s true that the only thing left on the list of accomplish-
ments is finally claiming that state title.
Coach Jim Lofton got the then-still-young program headed
in the right direction, winning 11 games in both 1997 and ’98.
That ’98 season was special given the amount of points
GAC posted, but it ended with a devastating 35-34 loss to
Lincoln County in the semifinals.
That was Lofton’s last campaign, but the winning didn’t
stop once Jimmy Chupp took over. He built on what Lofton
started, leading the Spartans to a 89-24 record over the next
GAC lost to Buford in the final in 2002 and in the quarterfi-
nals in ’03 and ’06.
All of this adds evidence to the valid argument that GAC
may be the best program in Georgia yet to win it all.
Losing two of the state’s best playmakers in Micah Aberna-
thy and Darius Slayton won’t make things easier.
Abernathy signed to play corner at Tennessee and Slayton
is now a wide receiver for Auburn.
While those two were a special tandem, Hardy has a plenty
returning to continue his historic run.
Quarterback Davis Wells is one of the best in the state,
and he still has two years to improve after a successful
sophomore campaign. The 6-foot- 3, 190-pound junior
threw for over 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2014 and
currently holds college offers from the likes of Arizona State,
Arkansas, Kentucky and others.
He has a great teacher in Hardy. The coach was a great
quarterback himself, named a team captain and MVP for
Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1998.
So, expect GAC to keep winning. The regular season and
region slate has become the Spartans playground. But with
all of the victories in August, September and October, the
expectations for November continue to mount.
GAC has achieved the consistency 99 percent of programs
in the country desire.
Now the Spartans aim for the last point of excellence, a
state crown to cap off what they’ve done over the last two
GAC HUNGRY FOR FIRST STATE TITLE
Above: Coach Tim Hardy
has compiled a 34-7 record
since taking over at Greater
Atlanta Christian in 2012.
Left: Junior quarterback
Davis Wells enters another
season in charge after pass-
ing 26 touchdowns in 2014.
QB Davis Mills, GAC
QB Joseph Mancuso, Union County
RB Jordan Stone, Monticello
RB Devyn Harris, Berrien
RB John Kennedy, Benedictine
WR Nathan Vick, Brooks County
WR Mackery White, Chattahoochee County
OL Devin Cochran, GAC
OL Timothy Coleman, Pace Academy
OL Andrew Thomas, Pace Academy
OL Sanders Creech, Benedictine
OL Raymond Smith, Macon County
ATH Charlie Woerner, Rabun County
DL Malik Walker, Macon County
DL Anthony Trinh, Pace Academy
DL Eddie Blash, Bleckley County
DL Diamond Delgado, Heard County
LB Robert Tucker, B.E.S. T. Academy
LB Nate McBride, Vidalia
LB Tru’self Cooper, Benedictine
LB Pippin Davis, Lamar County
DB Jordan Mack, Wesleyan
DB Williams Poole, Hapeville
DB Deshant Hester, B.E.S. T. Academy
1. Greater Atlanta Christian
3. Rabun County