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Ackerman hosts French Camp

August 30, 2012


The Ackerman Indians host a Class A opponent tonight so the chances of them improving to 3-0 are pretty good.

Not when it comes to hosting cross-county rival French Camp at 7:30 p.m. as far as Ackerman football coach Adam Dillinger is concerned. The visiting Panthers have a 1-1 record.

"French Camp is a good team," Dillinger said. "They have played well in both their games. They had a big win last week against Weir. I thought they played really well against Eupora. A play here and a play there and they could have won the ballgame. They are physical up front and they have a couple of really good backs. They're a gritty bunch and they are going to play fairly hard against us."

In last week's 19-16 win over Winona, Ackerman quarterback Dakota Brasher did a good job of running the offense. He rushed for a touchdown and found Lenny Taylor in the back of the end zone for another score.

Brasher has accounted for three passing touchdowns and one on the ground for the season.

"That is part of our offense," Dillinger said. "We want the quarterback to do a good job of making decisions. We have that same standard gameplan. We are going to try to run the football and when we have the opportunity to throw, we are going to throw it in there too."

There were two big plays last week by the Indian defense that was the difference in the game. A goal-line stand and an interception by Taylor late in the fourth quarter sealed the win.

A couple of big plays were given up by Ackerman's defense and that is what they have focused on this week.

"We had a play here and there where we gave up some big plays," Dillinger said. "We just have to cut those things out. All in all, I thought they played well. They had a great goal-line stand."

Due to the weather, a decision will be made today on whether to play or postpone the game.

In other area matchups for week two, Eupora travels to Winona, East Webster plays host to Weir and East Oktibbeha is on the road at North Pontotoc. All of the games are set for 7:30 p.m.

Eupora at Winona

Eupora head coach Junior Graham knows what type of football team Winona is, and he knows that the weather is not going to play in his team's favor.

"They are going to be a lot bigger than us," Graham said. "These weather conditions are sure not playing into our favor, because of the size. They are well-coached and you're not going to catch them off guard. It's going to be a game of turnovers and who can protect the ball the best and avoid the big plays."

In last week's 19-16 loss to Ackerman, Winona (1-1) was led by running back Patrick Purnell on the offensive side of the ball.

"They have got two really good backs that are seniors," Graham said. "They can go at anytime. We are focused on stopping the run this week and at the same time not giving up the big passing play."

Offensively the Eagles (2-0) found something last week in a 37-12 win over Noxapater. They are going to have to get into that same rhythm this week if they are to pull out a victory.

"We have some decent days of practice this week and we are kind of hoping that it carries over," Graham said. "We are trying to find out the identity of this team offensively. We still haven't established the run like I like. We focused on the run heavy this week.

"Putting together some first downs is key on offense, because we are not going to be able to out run them. They are going to have the advantage of speed as well as size."

In last year's meeting, Eupora was able to pull out a 34-27 win. This year it will be a different story with the Eagles being on the road.

"We play them every year," Graham said. "It's a big game for both schools, sitting 30 miles apart. We have a lot of people that interact together."

Weir at East Webster

The Wolverines play their first home game of the season three weeks into the schedule and they welcome Choctaw County foe Weir.

"This will be our first home game," East Webster head coach Doug Wilson said. "We will be back on our old campus. We are excited about getting back and you always want to win your home opener. They are real excited. They always look forward to going back home."

In last year's game, East Webster edged the Lions 15-14.

Wilson and the Wolverines (2-0) are focusing on the little things and know they are going to have to execute if they are going to beat Weir (1-1).

"(We are just going to have to) take care of the ball," Wilson said. "It's going to be wet conditions. We are going to have to play hard. When you play Weir, you're always playing tradition and a winning program."
After three games last East Webster was 2-1, so winning this game and getting to 3-0 is a big deal for Wilson.

"It will be huge," he said. "Last year we played some very tough opponents and we are fortunate to be where we are at with the teams we have played in the last couple of weeks."

East Oktibbeha at North Pontotoc

The Titans (1-1) travel to Ecru for a meeting with Class 4A foe the North Pontotoc Vikings (1-1).
The Vikings took last year's game 55-0 in Crawford.

East Oktibbeha is coming off a 55-0 victory over McAdams, while the North Pontotoc is reeling after a 42-28 loss to Ripley.

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