By Robert Haddocks
The new kids on the block put it to the old kids on the block.
Archer used a steady ground game, an efficient passing game and stingy, big-play defense to beat Parkview 27-7. The Tigers, in their fifth year, improved to 4-0, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAAA, while storied Parkview dropped to 0-4, 0-2.
Gabe Tiller threw two touchdowns, both of them perfect passes to receivers in tight coverage. Late in the third period, Tiller found Kyle Davis streaking down the right sideline and the 6-3 sophomore out-jumped a defender and tapped his feet in bounds for a 35-yard score to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead. From that point, Archer fed the ball to Randy Nails, who ran behind a dominant offensive line, and Michael Frye tacked on two late field goals to cement the victory.
“We hit some big plays at the right times,” said Archer coach Andy Dyer. “And we played super on D. To give up seven points to these guys who can run the ball, was outstanding.” The Tigers forced three turnovers, Kenny Muraoka and Chad Bird coming up with interceptions. The defense hasn’t allowed 20 points in a game this season.
Archer, which posted a 6-4 record last season, but missed the playoffs, is hoping to return, which Dyer believes it can do. “When you build a young program, you’ve got to get to the point where the kids expect to win,” he said. Despite their youth (Tiller, Nails and Davis are all underclassmen), the Tigers played with poise throughout and then put away Parkview in decisive fashion in the fourth quarter.
Nails finished with a game-high 110 yards on 16 carries. Tiller completed 10 of 13 passes for 158 yards. “He hit some big throws at timely moments,” Dyer said. “Those were beautiful passes.”
Parkview, which was 9-4 last season and advanced to the quarterfinals, is 0-4 for the first time since 1986, when they started 0-6.
Tiller used his legs for Archer’s first score, diving in for a 4-yard touchdown midway through the second period. Less than two minutes later, after his defense forced a quick three-and-out, the quarterback hit KJ Parmer in stride for a 34-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead at 5:13 of the second quarter.
Parkview cut the deficit in half after forcing an Archer fumble with less than two minutes left in the half. Jeremy Lacey got behind the defense and grabbed a perfect pass from Jack Chambers for a 28-yard touchdown. Chambers, who had some nifty scrambles, led Parkview’s rushing attack with 71 yards on 13 carries.
Archer hosts Dacula next week. Parkview travels to rival Brookwood.
Archer 0 – 14 – 7 – 6 – 27
Parkview – 0 – 0 – 7 – 0 – 7
A – Gabe Tiller 4 run (Michael Frye kick)
A – KJ Parmer 34 pass from Tiller (Frye kick)
P – Jeremy Lacey 28 pass from Jack Chambers (Eric Autry kick)
A – Kyle Davis 35 pass from Tiller (Frye kick)
A – Frye 26 FG
A – Frye 30 FG