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Second-half surge leads Archer past Shiloh

Archer's Sean Fowler

Archer's Sean Fowler

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It wasn't pretty to start, but Archer did what it had to do, coming away with a 38-21 win over Shiloh Friday.

The Tigers got 194 yards on the ground by Sean Fowler and 210 yards passing by Gabe Tiller en route to the win.

"This is a good win for us," said Archer head coach Andy Dyer. "In Gwinnett County you can't take anyone lightly and we didn't against (Shiloh). They're a tough team that came in here and played their butts off."

Things started roughly for the Tigers on their first drive, although it ended in a touchdown. For 11:19, the Tigers held the ball after a Shiloh punt, thanks in large part to five penalties for 40 yards. Still, Dyer went to Fowler on 18 of the 21 plays of the drive.

"The penalties were a little frustrating," Fowler said. "But, they just kept giving me the ball and I went through the holes the offensive line was giving me."

Fowler finished the drive with 91 yards rushing, but fumbled the ball from the 1-yard line on his way into the end zone. Luckily offensive lineman Mitch Hornsby was there to secure the fumble, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

Shiloh (3-3 overall, 1-3 region) responded quickly as it used a 69-yard rush by Trevon Jones to set up quarterback Devante James' touchdown run from the 7-yard line to tie the score.

Archer was able to take a lead before halftime, driving 60 yards in 10 plays for the score. On the drive, Tiller completed four passes for 57 yards, including a seven-yard strike to Deondre Singleton to make the score 14-7 with 27 seconds to go before halftime.

The Tigers (4-2, 2-2) put the first points on the board in the second half as well when Zach Wachholz connected on a 23-yard field goal to make the score 17-7.

On its next drive, Archer continued to pound the ball, rushing Fowler on eight of 10 plays for 32 yards, culminating on a touchdown run from three-yards out.

After a failed fourth-down attempt by Shiloh on its next drive, Archer again drove the ball, this time with Tiller finding Will Kone for a 20-yard score in the middle of the field.

"Gabe threw the ball well all night and Will made some great catches," Dyer said.

The Generals weren't done, however. James found Carmeron Stewart streaking down the middle of the field on a flea flicker, connecting for a 62-yard touchdown.

The Tigers then responded, using J.K. Bazile in the backfield on seven of the 11 plays on the drive. Bazile responded with 36 yards on the ground, including the final play of the drive, a 10-yard rushing touchdown to put the Tigers up 38-13.

Shiloh again responded when James took two plays, an 80-yard rush and a two-yard rush to score quickly again.

However, that is all the Generals could muster as an interception by Singleton on Shiloh's next possession put the game away.

Kone led the Tigers with six receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Jones led the Generals on the ground with 117 yards rushing, while James had 90 yards.

Dyer knows the Tigers are going to have to get back to work Monday as they travel to Central Gwinnett next week.

"We're going to have a battle on our hands and we're going to have to be ready to play," he said.