Archer’s K.J. Parmer (14) runs for a touchdown after making a catch against Grayson during high school football action in Loganville Friday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
LOGANVILLE — Archer checked off another major accomplishment for its young football program on Friday.
The Tigers captured the Region 8-AAAAAA championship last week and put an exclamation mark on its regular season a week later.
K.J. Parmer scored three touchdowns as Archer defeated rival Grayson 34-21 to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record.
“It’s great to win 10 in a row. You don’t get that opportunity very often,” Archer head coach Andy Dyer said. “We have a bye next week and didn’t want go into the week with a bad taste in our mouth.”
Archer (10-0, 8-0 region) is off next week as it prepares to host its first playoff game in the school’s five-year history. The Tigers will face the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAAAAA.
“It feels really good,” Parmer said of the undefeated regular season. “We worked so hard for this all season.”
Grayson (4-5, 4-3) is now in a position where it must win next week at Brookwood or have a South Gwinnett loss to make the playoffs.
“We’ve got to go back to work on Monday,” Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said.
Parmer threw a 55-yard touchdown pass, caught a 58-yard TD and ran for a five-yard score. It was the second week in a row the senior scored three touchdowns different ways.
“I guess we can call that the hat trick,” Dyer said. “He’s intelligent and talented. When you put those two things together you get a pretty good football player.”
Parmer accounted for 192 yards of offense. Most notably with his six catches for 135 yards.
“I just had to produce for my team,” Parmer said.
Archer’s Gabe Tiller was 18 of 26 passing for 213 yards with one TD pass and a three-yard TD run.
Archer made it look easy by jumping out to a 20-0 lead thanks to three big scoring plays.
Parmer threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Singleton on a receiver pass on the Tigers’ second play of the game.
Parmer then caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Tiller to put the Tigers ahead 13-0.
Then Randy Nails scored on a 42-yard run early in the second quarter to give Archer a 20-0 lead. Nails led Archer in rushing with 57 yards on 18 carries.
“We hit a couple of big play plays,” Dyer said. “Grayson has a very good football team. We knew we had to dictate the pace of the game. “
Grayson finally got things going when Kartez Hall partially blocked an Archer punt, giving the Rams the ball at the 39. It was the first time in seven first-half possession that Grayson crossed midfield.
Chase Brice threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Carriere to make it 20-7 with 4:10 left in the half.
“We had a spurt where we couldn’t get a hold of ourself,” Dyer said. “We lose some field position.”
Grayson pinned Archer to its own two and forced a punt. The Tigers were penalized for defensive holding and roughing the passer to help Grayson move the ball. Then Brice threw his second touchdown pass, a 35-yard score to Cedric Asseh to make it 20-13 at halftime. Brice was 12 of 24 for 143 yards. Asseh was his leading receiver with 63 yards on three catches.
“I was proud of our kids for coming back and digging themselves out of such a big hole,” Conn said.”
Grayson’s threat didn’t last long in the second half. Archer took the opening possession and drove 80 yards for a five-yard Parmer touchdown run. Parmer had catches of 27 and 35 yards on the series to help put the Tigers ahead 27-14.
Korrin Moore had one of Archer’s three sacks on Grayson’s next possession. John Gillis led the defense with 10 tackles, Cal Burton had nine and Robbie Armstrong posted six.
Nails caught a 20-yard pass and a face mask penalty to set up Tiller’s TD run to put Archer ahead 34-14 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.
Cameryn Brent scored Grayson’s final touchdown on a 20-yard run with 3:15 left in the game.
“I was proud of our kids for fighting and competing,” Conn said. “Archer has a good football team. I’m happy for Andy and his staff. But I’m also proud of my kids for the way they fought.”
Daniel Fennell led the Grayson defense with 20 tackles, while Sam Hina had eight and Barry and Christian Rall had seven each.
ARCHER 34, GRAYSON 21
Archer 13 7 14 0 — 34
Grayson 0 14 0 7 — 21
Archer: Dylan Singleton 55 pass from K.J. Parmer (kick failed) 10:02
Archer: Parmer 58 pass from Gabe Tiller (Michael Frye kick) 3:26
Archer: Randy Nails 42 run (Frye kick) 9:23
Grayson: Ryan Carriere 25 pass from Chase Brice (Austin Hoyt kick) 4:10
Grayson: Cedric Asseh 35 pass from Brice (Hoyt kick) 1:21
Archer: Parmer 5 run (Frye kick) 8:36
Archer: Tiller 3 run (Frye kick) 4:18
Grayson: Cameryn Brent 20 run (Hoyt kick) 3:15
Archer -- Grayson
First downs 10 -- 15
Rushes-yards 29-81 -- 41-134
Comp-Att-Int 19-28-0 -- 12-24-0
Passing yards 265 -- 143
Penalties-yards 6-41 -- 8-82
Fumbles-lost 2-0 -- 2-2
RUSHING — Archer: Randy Nails 18-57; Dylan Singleton 4-25; Gabe Tiller 6-(-6); K.J. Parmer 1-5. Grayson: Cameryn Brent 17-72; Mohamad Barry 13-53; Aares McCall 2-(-7); Chase Brice 7-8; David Fennell 2-8.
PASSING — Archer: Gabe Tiller 18-26-0, 213; Parmer 1-2-0, 52. Grayson: Brice 12-24-0, 143.
RECEIVING — Archer: K.J. Parmer 6-135; Dylan Singleton 3-62; Connor Redmond 3-9; Randy Nails 4-39; Kyle Davis 3-22. Grayson: Ryan Carriere 2-32; Cameryn Brent 4-24; Jourdan Haton 1-(-1); Austin Nash 1-7; Cedric Asseh 3-63; Jordan Hayes 1-18.