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PREVIEW: Berkmar at Archer

Archer's Trevellous Cheek

Archer's Trevellous Cheek

Berkmar Patriots (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Jonathan Sanks

Record: 1-5, 0-4 region

Last week: Lost to Grayson 62-0

Archer Tigers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Andy Dyer

Record: 5-2, 3-2 region

Last week: Beat Central Gwinnett 23-8

Coming off a win against the pass-first spread attack from Central Gwinnett, Archer gets another chance to work on defending the high-flying offense against Berkmar.

The young and thin Patriots haven’t found the success they hoped for under Jonathan Sanks so far this season, but Archer coach Andy Dyer sees potential for trouble.

“They have three or four receivers that can really run,” Dyer said of Berkmar. “You’ve got to eliminate the big play.”

Allowing just eight points to Central Gwinnett is a good start for the Tigers’ defense.

“Our kids did a great job of just playing good, sound disciplined defense,” Dyer said. “We were able to get a good pass rush and our kids did a good job of covering in the secondary.”

Trevellous Cheek and Deondre Singleton played well in the Archer defensive backfield against Central and the Tigers will need the same effort this week.

Archer didn’t play perfectly vs. Central, stopping itself with penalties, a point of emphasis this week.

Berkmar is coming off a lopsided loss to Grayson where the Rams didn’t allow a point. Injuries have piled up on the Patriots, leaving Sanks to force junior varsity players into action, but the focus at Archer remained where Dyer has put it since he started the program.

“It’s business as usual,” Dyer said. “We are just working and preparing like we do every week. It’s the time of the season where you just have to get sharper at things.”

Last meeting: Archer won 42-0 last year

Directions to Archer High School: From Ga. Hwy. 316, go east to Ga. 20 and turn right toward Lawrenceville. Continue as Ga. 20 turns into Jackson Street and New Hope Road. School is on the right.