Central Gwinnett at Archer preview

Central’s Deshawn Oliver

Central’s Deshawn Oliver

Central Black Knights (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Todd Wofford

Record: 2-3, 2-1 region

Last week: Lost to Grayson 27-19

Archer Tigers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Andy Dyer

Record: 6-0, 4-0 region

Last week: Beat Shiloh 45-16

Andy Dyer refuses the premise. The Archer coach said he spent the past week watching film of Central Gwinnett and doesn’t believe in the perceived struggles of the the Black Knights’ offense.

“Watching them, just watching tape, they can go down the field pretty easily and score,” Dyer said. “They are very efficient with what they are doing. I don’t buy that they haven’t gotten it going on offense.”

The numbers, at least in points per game, suggest some erosion in a season with a new QB, but just looking at this season, the offense is slowly rebuilding. For Archer, the focus is on preparing for Central’s tempo if the Knight do begin moving the ball on offense. Dyer said the only way to prepare it to attempt to simulate the pace and force his players to recognized the pre-snap situation on the run.

“That’s the quick part,” Dyer said. “Once they are set up, the thinking stops and they can just react.”

For the Black Knights, who have played defense well all season, this will be the biggest test. The Tigers offense is, as Wofford said, “more balanced than anybody.” But even in a loss a week ago, there were three Knights Deshawn Oliver (21), Stedman Waiters (16) and Charles King (15) with double-digit tackles. And facing unbeaten Archer is a chance for the Knights to make a move in 8-AAAAAA — or a chance for Archer to take another step toward a big goal.

“They are 5-0 for a reason,” Wofford said. “We just have to keep going and put another A game together. We just have to keep going in the region.”

Last meeting: Archer 23-8 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 right.