Archer vs. Central Gwinnett
Lawrenceville, Georgia- The Archer Tigers came into this contest versus Central Gwinnett with only two losses on the season. One was to Brookwood, GA (20 to 19) and the other to Parkview, GA (20 to 18). When this game was over the Tigers would move to (5-2/3-2) with a 23 to 8 victory over Central Gwinnett. The victory keeps the playoff hopes alive for Archer a school in its third full varsity season.
The Tigers would jump out to a quick 10 to 0 lead in the first quarter. Senior kicker Zach Wachholz would nail a 34-yard field goal and running back Sean fowler would bust off a 54-yard touchdown run right up the middle.
The Black Knight defense would then buckle down using the principle bend but don't break. They were aided with an interception by mighty mite linebacker JB Ezzell who was all over the field Friday night. Just before the half Wachholz would nail a 20-yard field goal attempt giving the Tigers a 13 to 0 halftime lead.
Ezzell would inflict his will on Archer forcing the quarterback to make a wild throw out of the end zone resulting in a safety. Central Gwinnett then took advantage of good field position as senior signal caller Eman Westmoreland would hit Chris Shelling for a 32-yard touchdown closing the gap to 13 to 8.
The fourth quarter would then come up all Tigers. Cal commit Trey Cheek would pick off an errant Central Gwinnett pass and return it 20-yards for a score. Soon after that Wachholz would nail his third field goal of the game this time from 38-yards out finalizing the score at 23 to 8.
The Black Knights fall to (3-3/1-3) and travel down the road to Brookwood, GA this coming Friday. Archer with their playoffs hopes still alive host Berkmar, GA this Friday night.
Trey Cheek, DB, 5-10/175 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Cheek finished the game with four tackles, one PBU, and a pick six.
Assets: Cheek has excellent hips and good recovery speed. He was able to show off his ball skills and playmaking ability on his 20-yard interception return for score. This defensive back is not afraid to come up in run support and make plays.
Development: He has a tendency to keep his eyes in the backfield too long losing sight of the receiver. Cheek will need to add about ten pounds of muscle mass because right now he is extremely lean.
Recruiting: Committed to Cal
MJ Couzan, OL, 6-4/285 (2014)
Stats/Highlights: Couzan played right offensive tackle all game and excelled as a run blocker.
Assets: This lineman definitely passes the eyeball test and it is hard to believe that other recruiting services have not discovered this giant. He is a natural hip and knee bender that has a nice flat back in his three-point stance. But what really stood out about this offensive lineman was his ability to run his feet after engaged with the defender.
Development: The area he needs to work on the most is keeping his head up at the point of attack. He cannot lose sight of who he is blocking.
Recruiting: No offers at this time
Jaypee Philbert, OL, 6-4/275 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Philbert was the left offensive tackle for the Tigers who also excelled in the running game.
Assets: Philbert is what we would call a true sleeper. He did not start last year at offensive line or go through spring ball. This is one good looking lean offensive lineman that definitely passes the eyeball test. He also does a nice job of running his feet after contact while run blocking and he has the athletic ability to get to the second level.
Development: He too has a tendency to play with his head down at the point of attack. Philbert could also work on staying squared up with pass rushers rather than opening the gate. If I am a major DI school still looking for athletic lineman I would definitely visit Archer High School.
Recruiting: He has offers from Valdosta and Western Kentucky.
Antonio Riles, DL, 6-4/260 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Riles was in on four tackles and a sack in the game.
Assets: Riles has that rare body type that will allow him to project as a strong side defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level. He has long arms that allow him to gain the advantage in the hand placement battle against pass blockers. His best play of the game came when he was double teamed but never gave up pass rushing ending up with a nice coverage sack in the fourth quarter.
Development: He needs to be more consistent with his pad level at the point of attack. He also has to keep his head in the game. He had three costly penalties that resulted in Central Gwinnett first downs.
Recruiting: Committed to Florida
Deondre Singleton, DB/WR, 5-11/180 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Singleton was in on three tackles and had one catch for 11-yards.
Assets: Singleton could project as a receiver or defensive back at the next level. I personally think he would make a better defensive back. His athleticism and size give him a chance to be a big corner or a safety in college. He is not afraid of contact and has hips on a swivel.
Development: As a receiver he needs to do a better job of attacking the ball with his hands away from his body. If he ends up playing safety in college adding about 15 more pounds will improve his durability an impact at contact.
Recruiting: He has offers from Air Force, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, and several FCS schools.
Justin Brownlee, WR, 5-11/180 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Brownlee was the one positive offensive weapon for the Black Knights catching a game high 11 passes for 133 yards.
Assets: Brownlee did a great job of attacking the ball with his hands. He also has the body control that allows him to make plays on underthrown balls. He proved to be a sharp route runner with adequate speed. But his biggest asset is catching balls over the middle of the field or in heavy traffic.
Development: He could improve his homerun speed just a tad which will help with yards after the catch. FCS and FBS schools looking for a productive receiver need to get ahold of his film. He is having a monster year stat wise for the Black Knights.
Recruiting: He has no offers at this time but lots of interest.
Trey Johnson, LB, 6-2/220 (2013)
Stats/Highlights: Johnson was in on ten tackles and one TFL for Central Gwinnett.
Assets: Johnson proved to be versatile lining up both inside and outside as well as being a proficient pass rusher. He has the ability to wreak havoc in the backfield coming off the edge. His biggest asset is running laterally to make plays outside the tackle box. His skill set is ideal for special teams in college.
Development: He seemed to struggle a bit getting off blocks while in the tackle box. In the first half he had a tendency to just arm tackle ball carriers rather than sinking his hips into the tackle. I really think he needs to be looked at as an outside linebacker with superior lateral movement.
Recruiting: Committed to Auburn
Others who impressed: JB Ezzell, LB/DB, Central Gwinnett; Sean Fowler, RB, Archer (2013); John Gillis, DB, Archer (2014); Jonathan Hankins, RB, Central Gwinnett (2014); Zach Wachholz, K, Archer (2013); Eman Westmoreland, QB, Central Gwinnett (2013).