LAWRENCEVILLE – Riding the passing attack led by junior quarterback Gabe Tiller, Archer remained undefeated with a 41-20 win over Central Gwinnett in Region 8-AAAAAA action Friday night.
Tiller tossed four touchdown passes and used six different receivers as Archer improved to 7-0 overall, 5-0 in the region and continues to sit all along atop the region standings with three games to go.
“It’s a huge win for us because it’s another region win,” said Archer head coach Andy Dyer. “We trying to stay in that state playoff hunt and I can’t say enough about our coaching staff and getting this team ready to play. It was a great team win.”
For the game, Tiller was 30 of 38 for 339 yards and connected with three different receivers on TD passes for Archer.
Tiller was intercepted once during the game, but a stingy Archer defense kept Central out of the end zone following the turnover when the Black Knights missed a field goal.
Archer opened the game with an impressive 12-play, 80-yard drive as the Tigers mixed up well with six runs and six passes.
Archer found the end zone when Tiller connected with Dylan Singleton on a 9-yard pass to give the Tigers a 6-0 after the point-after try failed.
Archer came right back on its third possession of the game and quickly moved down field on a six-play, 80-yard march that was capped off by Tiller’s 20-yard screen pass to Kyle Davis for the 13-0 lead with just 50 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Archer ran its lead out to 20-0 early in the second quarter when Singleton scored his second TD of the night, this one on a 2-yard run.
Singleton finished the game with eight receptions for 64 yards.
But Central finally answered late in the opening half to cut the Archer lead to 20-7 at the break.
After a 45-yard punt return by Adam Riley put Central in business at the Archer 30, the Black Knights used eight plays to get in the end zone as Nate Hartford sprinted in from a yard out with just nine seconds remaining.
Archer began the third quarter by coming up with a turnover when John Gillis intercepted Eric Forrest on Central’s first drive of the half.
Forrest finished the night 14 of 35 for 196 yards, but was sacked six times by the Archer defense.
It took the Tigers just eight plays to go 85 yards and Tiller hit tight end Connor Redmond with an 18-yard pass to make it 27-7.
Redmond finished with three catches for 56 yards.
Central came right back and scored in less than two minutes when Nigel Adams scored on a 19-yard run to cut the Archer lead to 27-13.
Adams led the Central rushing attack with 105 yards on 23 carries.
But the Tigers had an answer and pushed the lead out to 34-13 when Tiller threw a 32-yard TD pass to KJ Parmer.
Parmer finished with eight catches for 116 yards.
Archer made it 41-20 when Parmer scored his second TD of the night, this one on a 10-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter.
Randy Nails led the Archer rushing attack with 74 yards on 13 carries and also caught four passes for 57 yards.
Central’s Morris Mitchell had the game’s final score on a 2-yard run midway through the final quarter.
“We approach every Monday as the beginning of another week and another game,” said Dyer of the undefeated Tigers. “It’s no different of an approach than any other time. We just hope our kids focus in and take care of their assignments, we’ll be fine.”
ARCHER 41, CENTRAL GWINNETT 20
Central 0 7 6 0 — 20
Archer 13 7 14 7 — 41
Archer: Dylan Singleton 9 pass from Gabe Tiller (kick failed) 7:48
Archer: Kyle Davis 20 pass from Tiller (Michael Frye kick) :50
Central: Nate Hartford 1 run (Ricky Ortiz kick) :09
Archer: Connor Redmond 18 pass from Tiller (Frye kick) 7:14
Central: Nigel Adams 19 run (kick failed) 5:31
Archer: KJ Parmer 32 pass from Tiller (Frye kick) 2:33
Archer: Parmer 10 run (Frye kick) 11:36
Central: Morris Mitchell 2 run (Ortiz kick) 6:24