Archer's Ernest Alexander (8) is taken down by Duluth's Michael Stewart (6) during Friday's game.
Duluth After Duluth had watched a 14-point lead go by the wayside, the Wildcats found some magic behind the arm and legs of senior quarterback Anfornee Stewart to pull out a 28-24 win over Archer in the 2011 season opener.
Trailing 24-21 midway through the fourth quarter, Duluth (1-0) put together a 13-play, 92-yard drive that was capped off by a Stewart-to-Michael Randle 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:22 left in the game. The game-winner capped a big night for Stewart, who was explosive from the start.
Duluth wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as Stewart connected with junior Myles Campbell for a 76-yard touchdown pass on the Wildcats' first play from scrimmage.
Stewart bought some time by scrambling in the pocket and then found a leaping Campbell, who made the catch and then outran the Archer secondary for the score.
Stuart Hench added the extra point and Duluth led 7-0 just 14 seconds into the game.
But Archer (0-1) answered right back and scored on a quick three-play drive as junior Ernest Alexander scampered in from 21 yards out with 10:55 left in the opening quarter.
Zach Wachholz added the point-after and the Tigers had tied it at 7-7.
Stewart and Campbell hooked up again later in the quarter, this time from 43 yards out on a 3rd-and-27.
DULUTH 28, ARCHER 24
Archer 7 0 7 10 - 24
Duluth 7 7 7 7 - 28
Duluth: Myles Campbell 76 pass from Anfornee Stewart (Stuart Hench kick) 11:46
Archer: Ernest Alexander 21 run (Zach Wachholz kick) 10:55
Duluth: Campbell 70 pass from Stewart (Hench kick) 5:35
Archer: Jermaine Morris 46 run (Wachholz kick) 3:29
Archer: Wachholz 47 FG, 9:58
Archer: Holley 2 run (Wachholz kick) 7:13
Duluth: Stewart 18 pass to Michael Randle (Wachholz kick) 1:22
Campbell made the catch across the middle and had the first down, but somehow found his way down the left sideline to give the Wildcats a 14-7 advantage.
Duluth struck first in the second half as Stewart again found Campbell behind the Archer secondary for a 70-yard TD pass with 5:35 left in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a two-touchdown lead.
After a 15-minute delay when Archer's Randall Smith was injured, the Tigers responded as senior Jermaine Morris broke loose up the middle for a 46-yard TD run to cut the Duluth lead to 21-14.
Archer drove inside the Duluth 20 early in the fourth quarter and came away with a 47-yard Wachholz field goal to cut the Wildcats' lead to 21-17.
The Tigers then took their first lead of the night, pulling ahead 24-21 on a 2-yard run by senior quarterback Jarvis Holley.
Holley had a 33-yard sprint down to the Duluth 2 to set up the go-ahead score with 7:13 remaining in the game.
For Duluth, Stewart finished the game 19-for-29 and 351 yards along with his four TD tosses. Campbell finished the game with eight catches for 231 yards and three TDs.Archer was led by Alexander's 85 rushing yards.