In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Will VanPamlen’s 25-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining gave Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) a 26-24 win against No. 10 Archer (Lawrenceville) in a showdown of Georgia 6A stalwarts.
Archer had outscored its first two opponents 75-31 this season, but was in a battle Friday, even after taking a 17-8 halftime lead.
Grayson took over at the Archer 47-yard line with 1:58 remaining and trailing by a point. The Rams worked the ball down to the 8-yard line and then spiked the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds remaining to bring on the field goal unit.
Grayson had cut the lead to 17-15 on a 3-yard run by Cameryn Brent with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter and then took a 23-17 lead on a 5-yard TD run by Brent and the two-point conversion with 9:59 left in the game.
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Archer answered with a 91-yard drive to regain the lead 24-23 on a 2-yard run by Dylan Singleton with 6:24 left in the game. Kyle Davis made two receptions on the drive and running back Jameyst Williams had some key runs to keep the drive alive.
Williams was the star of the first half as he scored both Archer touchdowns and made an interception to set up a field goal. He ran for 85 yards on 12 carries.
Grayson won for the fifth time in six games since the series began in 2010. Among those was a 14-10 victory last season at Archer.