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Archer’s M.J. Couzan

Archer’s M.J. Couzan

ARCHER at SHILOH

Archer Tigers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Andy Dyer

Record: 5-0, 3-0 region

Last week: Beat Dacula 31-14

Shiloh Generals (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Troy Hobbs

Record: 3-2, 1-2 region

Last week: Lost to Grayson 44-3

OUTLOOK

Archer is 5-0 and off to the best start in school history. The Tigers sit in first place in Region 8-AAAAAA, but head coach Andy Dyer has made sure his team hasn’t lost focus midway through the season.

“Our kids have handled that really well. They know they can’t lose focus,” Dyer said. “The kids understand every week is important. We’re just concentrating on Oct. 4 right now.”

The Tigers are coming off a 31-14 victory over Dacula thanks to a pair of interceptions by Chad Bird and running back Dylan Singleton rushing for three touchdowns.

“Being 5-0 this time of year means you’re playing pretty good football,” Shiloh head coach Troy Hobbs said. “We are going to have our hands full. They are a very good football team.”

A big part of Archer’s success hinged of the improvement of the offensive line, led by M.J. Couzan. The state champion wrestler has graded at 90 percent or better this season. The other part has been the way the defense has played.

“They all are just flying around and they take pride in that,” Dyer said.

The unit will try and slow down the county’s leading rusher in Charles Shavers. Defensively, the Generals have been led by defensive ends Keith Thicklin and Kejahn Joseph.

“Speed for one (stands out). I think they are good on defense,” Dyer said. “Offenseively, their running back can flat go. The defense does a good job running to the football. We have to out execute them.”

Last meeting: Archer won 38-21 last year

Directions to Shiloh High School: From Ga. Highway 78, go south on Bethany Church Road and school is on the right.