Photo: Daniel Hamby Parkview's Shaq Vereen (6) and Hunter Thornton (28) make tackle on Grayson's Cory Schaeffer during Friday's game.
PARKVIEW AT ARCHER
Coach: Cecil Flowe
Record: 2-1, 1-0 in region
Last week: Beat Grayson 22-7
Coach: Andy Dyer
Record: 2-1, 0-1
Last week: Lost to Brookwood 20-19
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last meeting: Archer won 40-16 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
Andy Dyer wasn't too surprised when he heard Parkview had knocked off No. 1 ranked Grayson last week.
"In our business, anything can happen on any night," the Archer head football coach said. "Parkview is a good football team."
The Panthers, who were the county's premier program in the early 2000s, have been the talk of the state for last week.
"We were able to enjoy it a little bit, but we have to get back to work," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said.
Now the Panthers travel to Lawrenceville on Friday to face a young Archer program that is trying to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Tigers' postseason hopes got off to a rough start last week when Brookwood kicked a last-second, game-winning field to beat them.
"We've had a good week of practice," Dyer said.
Archer beat Parkview 40-16 last year for the program's biggest win. Ernest Alexander rushed for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the win and the Tigers' defense made two big stops on downs.
"We didn't score on that opening drive and we played less and less from there," Flowe said. "They got after us good."
Dyer isn't expecting such a convincing win Friday, especially after Parkview's big win over Grayson.
"This year is a whole new deal," Dyer said. "We expect it to be a 48-minute battle."
Parkview lost starting quarterback Rob Youngblood for the next six to seven weeks with a broken collarbone. But the Panthers will continue to rely on running back Chris Carson, who rushed for 86 yards and two TDs last week.
"He's going to get his carries regardless," Dyer said. "We've got to be prepared to stop the run game."
Archer has a two-headed monster for its running game. Alexander and Sean Fowler have rushed for 100 yards in every game this season. Alexander had 127 yards in last week's loss, while Fowler had 129.
"Andy is doing a great job with them," Flowe said. "You have to defend not just one, it's all of them."
Parkview forced four turnovers in last week's win over Grayson. Hunter Thornton led the way with 16 tackles, Sam Willis had 13 tackles and two sacks and Kyle Williams and Brion Chapman each made 10 stops.
"Their linebackers are really good players and are physical," Dyer said. "We have to protect the football because they were able to create some turnovers."
Parkview missed the playoffs for the second time in three years last season. The Panthers' schedule begins with six straight playoff teams from a year ago. They took a big step in reaching the postseason with a win over Grayson last week, but still have a long way to go to get to the playoffs.
"We have to keep improving," Flowe said. "It's very tough in this region because everyone in this region is really good."