ARCHER HIGH SCHOOL
ANDY DYER’S FOOTBALL METHODS FOCUS ON one central idea: team. And they should, as Dyer, the head coach at Archer High School in Lawrenceville, has spent
most of his career not only coaching teams but also creating
them. Every action and word in Dyer’s coaching is tied to the
importance of teamwork.
“I’ve never seen one guy play 11 others and win a football
In 2009, he was tasked with his own creation: Archer football.
game by himself,” Dyer said. “If there ever is that guy, I’d like
him to be on my football team.”
His first go-around with program development was in
2002. Dyer went with Shannon Jarvis to build the Mill Creek
football program, where he learned the process.
Each year meant something new to Dyer, whether it was
the struggles of the first season, when players would put
shoulder pads on backwards, or the triumphs of the sixth
season—in which the Tigers played for a state title.
The run to the title game started the previous season.
The Tigers started 2013 with an 11-straight win streak
and ended when North Gwinnett knocked them out of the
playoffs in the second round.
“If I was writing a book, that was one of the hardest losses
6” lost to Colquitt County for the state championship in the
I’ve dealt with as a coach,” Dyer said. “It’s also a great posi-
tive. In athletics you can’t really grow and take the next step
until you’ve had your heart broken.”
The following year, Dyer and the group he coined “Team
Georgia Dome, giving the Tigers a clear goal for this season.
“Somewhere in the way we work—in the weight room, in
the classroom, the way we carry ourselves in the community,
somewhere in this season—we’ve got to find our way back to
the Dome,” Dyer said.
Though morale and team unity are the keys to success for
Dyer, he abides by the belief that football is not his players’
“He always says weight training is our first sport,” said
BENEDICTINE HIGH SCHOOL
offensive lineman E.J. Price, a Georgia commitment who
transferred to Archer in the offseason. “He wants us to be in
the best position possible before we step on the field.”
Dyer calls himself a “small part of what’s going on,” giving
much credit to his assistant coaches and “the most impor-
tant person in Archer football,” his wife Kim. - Caitlyn Stroh
DANNY BRITT WASN’T ALWAYS AS RELAXED AS he is now. Funny thing to say to the players on his team at Benedictine, the all-boys military school in Savannah that Britt led to a Class AA state
championship in 2014.
“He’s taken us to a whole new level where kids didn’t think
He took over Calvary Day’s program as a 28-year old after
they could push it so hard,” said wide receiver Brad Stewart,
who will play at Georgia Tech. “We realized that if we followed
this guy we could be successful and possibly be champions
and we did.”
While Britt remains intense going into his fifth season at
Benedictine, his metaphorical plate isn’t as full as it once was
when he was coach at Calvary Day Baptist from 2001 to 2005.
a couple years as its defensive coordinator while also serving
as the school’s middle school principal.
He later moved into an upper-school administrative
position, all while trying to find a school for his soon-to-be
adopted son, Demarcus Dobbs, a highly recruited defensive
end for the Cavaliers.
After Calvary Day finished 6-4, and with Dobbs set to head
to the University of Georgia, Britt had to take a break.
“Looking back on that, it probably wasn’t the best idea (to
Britt returned to Calvary as defensive coordinator for two
take all those responsibilities),” Britt said. “It was a lot at a
young age and I learned a lot and am better for it now, but it
probably led to me getting out of it for a couple years.”
Britt spent his time traveling the country to watch Dobbs,
now a Seattle Seahawks defensive end, and also coach his
girls, Southern and Saylor, in softball. But soon he was ready
to return to football.
years before taking the Benedictine job a year after the
Cadets finished the 2010 season 1-9.
Britt took the team to the playoffs in 2011, then a second-
round appearance the following year, a semifinals appear-
ance in 2013 and the ultimate prize in 2014.
For a school that has a 531-392 overall record — according to
Georgia High School Football Historians Association’s website —
Britt foresaw that he could get the school back on track.
“It’s been great and extremely exciting to take a program
that’s had so much success,” Britt said, “to rebuild it and
kind of get that feeling back with the alumni support. It’s
been incredible.” – Ryne Dennis
Andy Dyer has coached Archer to a 36-25 record, a region title and a state title game appearance.
Danny Britt guided Benedictine to the state title in 2014 during his fourth season in charge.