Archer 21, East Coweta 17
Indians fall on bizarre score off botched FG
LAWRENCEVILLE – Sometimes you practice plays hoping you never use them.
For Archer holder KJ Parmer, practicing a botched snap on a field-goal attempt made all the difference when a game-tying field-goal attempt was fumbled and he had to improvise.
Scrambling around the backfield, Parmer passed to an open Kyle Davis, who took it 20 yards for the go-ahead score at Archer pulled off a miracle, 21-17, Friday against East Coweta. 'That's not how we drew up that play, b ut we ' l l take it,' said Archer head coach Andy Dyer. 'You practice those things hoping you'll never have to use them. You have to give KJ credit. He made a great play.'
For Dyer's former East Coweta colleague, Indians head coach Clint Wade, it was an equally tough loss to swallow.
'Our kids fought hard in this game and they fought way above their means,' Wade said. 'In the end, we made too many mistakes and we have to learn from it.'
But the Indians (1-1) still had their chance to win the game.
Senior quarterback Bryce Gemmel found Markell Boston for 47 yards, putting East Coweta in business at the Archer 27-yard line. Archer's defense, however, pushed the Indians to a fourth down where Gemmel pass ended up in the hands of John Gillis III.
'Honestly, they had been going to number four (Boston) all night, and I knew they were going to do it again,' Gillis said. 'I felt like the ball was mine when it was thrown and I went and got it.'
East Coweta got on the scoreboard first thanks in part to a 60-yard interception return by Boston, making a play from his defensive safety position. Four plays later, teammate Weylin Orr found the end zone from the 15-yard line to put the Indians up 7-0.
But Archer answered on its next drive, using a 33-yard rush by Randy Nails to put them in East Coweta territory. Three plays later, Gabe Tiller found Davis for a 24-yard score to tie the game at 7-7.
Late in the second quarter, Archer took a 14-7 lead, using a 15-yard personal foul penalty to its advantage. Tiller found Dylan Singleton for a fiveyard score, giving the Tigers the lead.
East Coweta, though, answered on its next drive as Gemmel took a quarterback draw 21 yards to tie the game at 14-14 while responsible for 74 yards on the drive.
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Early in the third quarter, the momentum quickly shifted to the Indians as Archer fumbled a snap on the punt. But Archer was able to hold East Coweta to a 20-yard field goal to put the score at 17-14.
'That was a huge stand by our defense,' Dyer said. 'They came up huge multiple times.'
A missed 21-yard field goal on Archer's next drive halted any momentum the Tigers had as East Coweta took the ball back and started to drive downfield. But Archer again stood up on defense and forced the Indians to punt.
Taking the ball with 8:36 to go, Archer began the drive with a five-yard penalty to move back to the 6-yard line. A negative rush put the ball at the 5-yard line on second down. That's when Tiller and company started to go to work.
A 14-yard completion to Nails on second down gave the Tigers a manageable third down, which they converted. Tiller then found Singleton for 27 yards and the Tigers continued to move the ball downfield.
'We asked our kids to give it their all and that's exactly what they did,' Wade said, with East Coweta now turning its attention to nationally ranked Sandy Creek, a 55-28 winner over Newnan on Friday. 'Now, we have to move forward because it doesn't get any easier from here. We've got three tough games in the next three weeks and we have to be ready for those.'
Tiller finished the game 16 of 29 for 167 yards, while Nails had 93 yards rushing and 33 yards receiving, including two touchdowns. Singleton finished the game with six catches for 67 yards.
For East Coweta, Gemmel finished 14-for-24 for 164 yards, while also rushing for 76 yards on the ground. E.J. Ransom had 58 yards on five catches and Boston had 64 yards receiving.
Tigers 21, Ind ians 17
East Coweta 7 7 3 0 - 17 Archer 7 7 0 7 - 21 FIRST QUARTER East Coweta - Weylin Orr 15 run (Cole Antley kick) 8:36 Archer - Kyle Davis 24 pass from Gabe Tiller (Michael Frye kick) 6:32 SECOND QUARTER Archer - Dylan Singleton 5 pass from Tiller (Frye kick) 4:05 East Coweta - Bryce Gemmel 21 run (Antley kick)1:58 THIRD QUARTER East Coweta - Antley 20 field goal 7:29 FOURTH QUARTER Archer - Davis 20 pass from KJ Parmer (Frye kick) 2:05