Archer wide receiver Will Kone (11) tries unsuccessfully to catch the ball during a 2 point conversion attempt while Mountain View defensive back Mark Adams (19) defends during the second quarter. The game was played at Archer Friday evening.
LOGANVILLE -- Defense was the story for Archer as it held Mountain View to 12 total offensive yards in the first half en route to a 18-7 home-opening win Friday.
The Tigers (1-1) continually gave the Bears' offense fits as they smothered every opportunity the Bears (0-2) had.
"It's a good win for us," said Archer head coach Andy Dyer. "We made some mistakes and we have more work to do, though."
The defense got things going, forcing Archer back to its own 1-yard line before a punt on the first drive of the game.
After a punt, Archer's offense took two plays to score when Ernest Alexander scored from 32 yards out. The kick failed to leave Archer's lead at 6-0.
The Tigers' defense continued to hold strong as they didn't allow the Bears to get a first down until their fourth drive of the game. On that fourth drive, Archer's Deondre Singleton took advantage of the ball being tipped twice in the air, coming down with an interception on the Mountain View 37-yard line.
On Archer's first play of the next drive, Alexander took it to the house for the score. The two-point conversion failed, keeping the score at 12-0 with 10:51 to go in the second quarter.
Mountain View got a little going minutes later pinning Archer on its own 1-yard line after a punt. Two plays later, the Bears recovered a fumble on the 11-yard line and seemed to be in business.
However, Archer's defense stepped in again as Bears' quarterback Chris Bartlett was sacked, fumbling the ball, which was recovered by Archer's Trevellous Cheek.
The Tigers looked to capitalize on its next drive when quarterback Jarvis Holley weaved through the defense for a 53-yard score, but an illegal procedure penalty negated the score and four plays later, the Tigers punted to end the half.
After an Archer punt to begin the third quarter, Mountain View mounted a little offense of its own, utilizing the option on a 12-play, 82-yard drive, culminating in Eddie West's 10-yard touchdown reception from Bartlett. The extra point made the score 12-7.
Archer immediately responded when Jon Okoye took a reverse on the kickoff for 68 yards, down to the Mountain View 27-yard line. Although the Mountain View stopped Archer on three plays, Zach Wachholz was able to boot a 36-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 15-7 lead.
Archer then put the game away, using a 19-play drive that took five minutes off the clock and culminated in another Wachholz field goal, this time for 23 yards for the final score of the night. On the drive, Holley tallied 57 yards on the ground.
"We got some first downs, but the plays got called back due to penalties," Holley said. "Those flags were getting on my nerves."
Dyer said what he was most proud of was that his team controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides.
"When you're a young team, you have to win games up front," he said. "Our guys were able to do that very well."
The Tigers' defense put the lid on the coffin when Derrick Parker put a big hit on Mountain View's Tim Hill, jarring the ball loose, which was recovered by Alexander.
Holley finished the game with 127 yards rushing and 63 yards passing, while Alexander had 83 yards on the ground.
For Mountain View Bartlett completed five passes for 52 yards and had 26 yards rushing, while West had 48 yards on the ground.