Archer, Parkview meet on different paths

Archer’s K.J. Parmer throws the ball during a game earlier this season. (Photo: Sonny Kennedy)

Archer’s K.J. Parmer throws the ball during a game earlier this season. (Photo: Sonny Kennedy)

Things don’t get any easier for Parkview.

The Panthers continue their tough open to the season Friday against Archer and they take on the rising Tigers coming off three straight losses where the Panthers’ offense struggled to find any consistency.

In losses to Grayson, Peachtree Ridge and Norcross, the Panthers have scored barely 10 points a game.

“We are struggling right now with our concepts,” Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said. “It’s fixable, but we have to have more than 37 offensive plays. We have to execute better. We aren’t executing very well. You can’t run 37 plays and think you are going to win football games.”

The 37-play game came last week in a loss to Grayson, a revenge game for the Rams. But the loss, according to Flowe, is endemic of his Panthers’ struggles. They don’t turn the ball over or even commit a slew of penalties, rather it’s just small breakdowns play after play.

“It’s one person missing an assignment on this play, another person missing an assignment on that play,” Flowe said. “The pretty part about it is you keep adjusting. You adjust where you need to adjust and you keep making adjustments on the team. That’s why they call it football coaching. You continue to coach.”

It’s a process that’s worked for Archer with the Tigers off to a 3-0 start this season including a big win last week over Brookwood. Archer head coach Andy Dyer sees the potential budding from Parkview.

“I think they are one play away from scoring every time on offense,” Dyer said. “Every time they touch the ball, they’ve got a back that can score.”

That main back is Justis Rosser, carrying a bigger load with the back injury to fullback Brandon Sullivan. But Rosser’s been limited, along with the rest of the offense. And now comes Archer’s defense, which hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in a game this season.

“They’ve got players and they are winning,” Flowe said of Archer. “They are in a stage where they are trying to make that next level. You can see the results. (Their coaches) have them focused.”

Leading Archer in last week’s win was quarterback Gabe Tiller, who threw for three touchdowns and 292 yards. But Archer missed a pair of extra points against the Broncos, a point Dyer said his team needed to fix.

“We’ve played hard and just good enough to overcome mistakes,” Dyer said. “Our kicking game is really hurting us right now. We’ve got to get that fixed.

But like the process Flowe addressed, the Tigers are now overcoming the mistakes and finding ways to win.

“That’s a big deal,” Dyer said. “Your kids have got to expect to win football games. We just might be getting there. Time will tell.”

Archer at Parkview

Archer Tigers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Andy Dyer

Record: 3-0, 1-0 region

Last week: Beat Brookwood 25-20

Parkview Panthers (8-AAAAAA)

Coach: Cecil Flowe

Record: 0-3, 0-1 region

Last week: Lost 34-10 to Grayson

Last meeting: Parkview won 20-18 last year

Directions to Parkview High School: From I-85, go east on Indian Trail Road until it becomes Killian Hill Road. Turn right on Arcado Road and then left on Cole Drive. School is on the left.

Series history:

2012: Parkview 20, Archer 18

2011: Archer 40, Parkview 16

2010: Parkview 35, Archer 14