Archer’s Duane Lee (48) sacks Mountain View’s Crew Peery (16) during Friday’s game. (Photo: Sonny Kennedy)
LAWRENCEVILLE – For a football team that has relied on the running game in previous seasons, Archer took to the airways early to balance the offensive attack in a 37-0 win over Mountain View Friday night.
Paced by junior quarterback Gabe Tiller, Archer connected on four touchdown passes in the opening half with three of those coming in the first eight minutes to build the big lead and coast home with the season-opening win.
Archer struck quickly on its first play from scrimmage as wideout K.J. Parmer took a lateral on a reverse from quarterback GabeTiller and found Kyle Davis wide open behind the Mountain View secondary for a 56-yard TD pass.
“You call a play like that on the first play of the game and you either look like a genius or look stupid,” said Archer head coach Andy Dyer. “But our kids executed the play and we were able to get up on (Mountain View) early.”
Archer added a couple of more TDs in the opening quarter as Tiller connected with Davis on a 14-yard scoring pass and then found Parmer from 24 yards out to make it 20-0 less than eight minutes into the game.
Parmer finished with four catches for 46 yards to go along with a scoring catch and scoring pass.
Archer scored on Tiller’s third TD pass of the night when Blake Woods hauled in a 21-yard pass and closed the opening half with Michael Frye’s 24-yard field goal to make it 30-0.
Tiller, who completed just one pass in the second half, finished the game 11 of 18 for 175 yards with three TDs and one interception.
“I give a lot of credit to my teammates,” said Tiller. “Our guys up front gave me time and we were able to get some guys behind (Mountain View’s defense) in the coverage. And our defense kept giving us the ball and we were able to take advantage of it. It feels good to start the season with a win like this.”
Meanwhile, Mountain View (0-1) was having a difficult time sustaining a drive as the Bears crossed midfield just once and punted a total of six times in the first half.
The Mountain View defense also had four dropped interceptions, including at least two that could have gone the other way for Bears’ TDs.
Archer, which went primarily to the running game in the second half with the big lead, added a third-quarter TD when Randy Nails broke loose on a 71-yard burst to increase the lead to 37-0 and complete the scoring for the night.
The Tigers finished with 191 yards on 19 carries, including 150 yards from Nails that was highlighted by the 71-yard scoring run.
Nails also had three catches for 60 yards.
“It was more about what (Mountain View) was giving us early that made our passing game work well,” said Dyer. “We still want to run the ball, but Mountain View was taking that away from us. So went to the passing game and we were effective.”
There was some good news from the Mountain View sideline as the Bears worked in a pair of quarterbacks.
Starter Crew Perry was 4-for-7 for 55 yards before the senior went down with a left shoulder injury in the third quarter.
That opened the door for sophomore Sam Freitas, who looked solid in moving the Mountain View offense and finished the game 9 of 16 for 117 yards.
Mountain View also used eight receivers, including Diquan Jeter’s four receptions for 55 yards.
But the Bears couldn’t complete some promising drives as the Archer defense came up with big plays to preserve the shutout.
ARCHER 37, MOUNTAIN VIEW 0
Archer 20 . 10 . 7 . 0 . — 37
Mountain View 0 . 0 . 0 . 0 . — 0
Archer: Kyle Davis 56 pass from K.J. Parmer (kick failed) 10:34
Archer: Davis 14 pass from Gabe Tiller (Michael Frye kick) 7:10
Archer: Parmer 24 pass from Tiller (Frye kick) 4:06
Archer: Blake Woods 21 pass from Tiller (Frye kick) 3:26
Archer: Frye 24 FG, :00
Archer: Randy Nails 71 run (Frye kick) 4:36