Parkview defensive back Shaq Vereen (6) celebrates after Archer kicker Zach Wachholz (15) failed to make a field goal in the final seconds of high school football action at Archer High School in Lawrenceville on Friday. Parkview defeated Archer 20-18.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Parkview showed its win over No. 1-ranked Grayson last week was no fluke.
For the second week in a row, the Panthers knocked off a Region 8 playoff team from a year ago.
Parkview's defense shut down Archer's running game and Chris Carson rushed for two touchdowns as the No. 10-ranked Panthers won 20-18 on Friday.
"We know it wasn't a fluke," Carson said. "We wanted to prove to everyone that we can compete."
Parkview was coming off a win over the nation's No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Grayson, but the Panthers (3-1, 2-0 region) lost starting quarterback Rob Youngblood with an injury in the win. With Carson leading the way, the Panthers rarely had to rely on backup QB Mac Marshall. Carson rushed for 128 yards on 27 carries and had two touchdowns.
"We knew it was Mac's first game and we wanted to keep the pressure off him," Carson said.
The Panthers' defense helped out by shutting down Archer's (2-2, 0-2) running game. Ernest Alexander and Sean Fowler rushed for 100 yards each in the first three games of the season. Alexander was hurt on his first carry of the game and Fowler was held to negative-16 yards on 12 carries.
"Defensively, I thought we played well again," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said.
Backup quarterback K.J. Parmer was the Tigers' leading rusher with 76 yards, but 68 of those yards came on one run. As a team, Archer rushed for 55 yards on 22 carries.
"They just packed that box and we weren't able to establish that run game," Archer coach Andy Dyer said.
Archer's Gabe Tiller was 17 of 31 for 225 yards and one touchdown. His 40-yard touchdown pass to Deondre Singleton made the game 20-16 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
Archer's Zach Wachholz had a 50-yard punt to the Parkview five. Carson was hurt on second down and the Panthers were forced to punt on fourth down. Punting out of his own end zone, punter Hunter Thornton kneeled down to catch a low snap for a safety and cut the lead to 20-18.
Parkview's Micah Finley had a sack on third down and Bryce Lewis had a pass break up on fourth down on Archer's next two drives. Kyle Williams led the Panthers' defense with eight tackles, one for loss.
The Tigers had a chance to win the game in the final seconds when Wachholz attempted a 51-yard field goal that was no good.
"Momentum is a good thing and we had enough to keep going," Flowe said. "Archer is a good football team. I'm glad for the win."
Parkview's Marshall, a junior who is committed to Georgia's baseball team, threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Jay Turner on his first pass attempt of the game.
Justis Rosser had a 33-yard run out of the Wildcat formation to set up Carson's one-yard score. Carson added the two-point conversion to put the Panthers ahead 14-0 with 7:47 left in the quarter. Rosser had 75 yards rushing on eight carries.
"They are hungry. They are hungry to win football games right now," Dyer said. "We had a couple of breakdowns and they capitalized."
Archer reached the red zone twice in the second quarter, but had to settle for 31-and 36-yard field goals by Wachholz to make it 14-6 at halftime. He also kicked a 32-yard field goal to start the third quarter.
"We had to settle for some field goals because we couldn't get our run game going," Dyer said. "We couldn't score in the red zone."
Parkview had a chance to add another score before the half when Archer fumbled the ball at its own 11. But Marshall was intercepted by Zach Wright at the one to end the threat. John Gills and Duane Lee each had 10 tackles for the Tigers.
After Wachholz kicked his third field goal of the game to make it 14-9, Parkview responded with an 87-yard scoring drive. Carson had a pair of 15-yard runs to set up his four-yard score. The Panthers failed on the two-point conversion and led 20-9.
Archer was finally able to get in the end zone when Singleton was wide open in the middle of the field for a 40-yard touchdown pass from Tiller. The drive was helped by a pass interference call on third down. That was the last time Archer would threaten to score.
"I'm proud of their effort," Dyer said. "The way the fight, battle and scratch. We've got a chance to have a good football team. This race is wide open. We're behind he eight ball right now, obviously. Good teams rise up."