East Hall was outmatched by a near-perfect Greater Atlanta Christian team on Friday night as the Spartans rolled to a 69-12 win over the Vikings at East Hall Stadium in Gainesville.
The Vikings (2-5, 0-3 7-AAA) turned the ball over four times through the air, including one that was returned for a touchdown before being called back due to a penalty.
Spartans (6-1, 3-0) quarterback and Stanford commit Davis Mills was on the sideline after playing the first half and delivering a 10-of-12, 193-yard, three-touchdown performance in the first 24 minutes of play. Mills connected on touchdown passes of four, 35 and 48 yards, the first of which occurred as time expired in the first quarter.
The Spartans led 27-0 after the first period.
The Vikings were able to get on the board with a 1-yard run from Deon Ellison with 9:52 left in the second quarter.
After trying to open the game with a surprising onside kick, East Hall coach Bryan Gray dialed up the onside kick again after his team’s opening score, and it was successful.
Six plays later, Ellison (18 carries, 90 yards, 2 touchdowns) broke free for a 25-yard touchdown. An attempted 2-point conversion failed, completing scoring for the Vikings.
On the ensuing kickoff, Spartans’ running back and return man Kyler McMichael (9 carries, 84 yards, three touchdowns) took the kickoff — a disguised onside turned pooch kick — 83 yards to put Greater Atlanta Christian up 34-12.
The seventh score of the game told the story of the night for East Hall as a Vikings defender tipped the ball away, but right into the hands of the intended receiver for a 48-yard score.
The Spartans were up 55-12 at half and scored twice more in the second half.
East Hall finished the game with 262 total yards (156 passing, 106 rushing) and allowed 439 yards (212 passing, 227 rushing) to the Spartans.
The Vikings will look to rebound and pick up their first region victory in two weeks as they host Dawson County on Oct. 21.