LILBURN -- After a close loss to defending state champion Brookwood last week, Archer responded with its first region win Friday night by defeating host Berkmar 42-0.
The Tigers (2-3, 1-2 Region 8-AAAAA) showed no signs of a letdown, coming out strong and never allowing the Patriots a shot at their first win in region play.
Archer head coach Andy Dyer was very pleased with his team's response.
"That was a big deal and it is what I preached to my kids all week," Dyer said. "We've got to be able to get off the mat 10 times this year. We've got to fight every Friday. You can't have a letdown. If you have a letdown in our region you're going to get beat."
Berkmar (1-4, 0-3) received the opening kickoff but was unable to pick up a first down. The hosts tried to catch Archer off guard by faking the punt but the pass fell incomplete and the Tigers took over with great field position at the Patriots' 35-yard line. Eight plays later, Ernest Alexander punched it in from 3 yards out, giving Archer a 7-0 lead.
After forcing a three and out, the Tigers took over on their own 35-yard line and this time marched 65 yards on 10 plays capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jarvis Holley. After the PAT, the lead was 14-0 with 48 seconds to play in the first quarter.
Sean Fowler took over on offense for Archer in the second quarter, scoring two of his three TDs. He finished the game with 112 yards on the ground on 17 attempts. The Tigers rushed for a total of 312 yards, including a two-yard run by backup quarterback K.J. Parmer with less than a minute to play in the game.
Archer's defense was also impressive in slowing down Berkmar quarterback Deion Perry, holding him to 14 yards on the ground and only 82 through the air and intercepting him once.
"Our defensive staff did a super job game planning wise and we were able to kind of keep (Perry) at bay," Dyer said. "He is a super player though. I'd love to have him."