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Archer dominates on offensive line in win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the second week in a row, Archer pitched a shutout, getting three rushing touchdowns by Ernest Alexander and three interceptions by Deondre Singleton en route to a 35-0 win over Shiloh.

The win continued what head coach Andy Dyer called a focus on winning the battle up front.

"Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and that's something we want to do every week," Dyer said. "Our running backs did a good job finding the holes."

Archer (3-3, 2-2 Region 8-AAAAA) looked strong early, scoring touchdowns on its first two drives.

Starting on the Shiloh 33-yard line, the Tigers took six plays to score when quarterback Jarvis Holley took the ball in from the seven-yard line. Zach Wachholz's kick gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

After forcing Shiloh (1-6, 1-4) to a three-and-out on its next drive, Archer again marched down the field using the run almost exclusively. Holley and Sean Fowler combined for 51 yards on the ground, but it was Alexander who stiff armed his way to the end zone from two yards out. The extra point put the Tigers up 14-0 with 2:35 to go in the first quarter.

Shiloh looked to get things going on its next drive, going 60 yards on 13 plays, but a fourth-down rush by Brandon Wise came up short and the Generals turned the ball over on downs.

The Tigers looked to be driving for a score late in the first half, but Holley was picked off by Wise and the Generals had the ball.

Not be outdone, however, Singleton picked off Devante James to end the half.

In the second half, it was all Archer as the Tigers scored on their first three drives of the half.

Starting on its own 26-yard line, Archer took 10 plays to go 74 yards, including a 21-yard gain by Holley, before Alexander scored from 12 yards out.

On their next drive, the Tigers did much of the same with the same end result of Alexander finding the end zone, this time from the 11-yard line.

The second play of Shiloh's next drive saw Singleton intercept another pass, setting up his offense with a first-and-goal from the 8-yard line. Two plays later, Fowler scored from the 3-yard line.

Singleton intercepted his final ball on Shiloh's next drive, setting a team record for picks in a game.

"Deondre was Johnny-on-the-spot tonight," Dyer said. "He was in the right place at the right time, a few times."

Fowler finished the game with 139 yards rushing, while Holley had 86 and Alexander had 46. Will Kone finished with three receptions for 48 yards.

For Shiloh, Justin Martin led the team with 33 yards on the ground.