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Big play leads to Ackerman win

September 29, 2012

(FILE) – Ackerman's Dakota Brasher threw a 63-yard scoring pass for the only points of Friday's game against East Webster. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

ACKERMAN – Entering the fourth quarter the offenses for the Ackerman Indians and East Webster Wolverines were looking for one big play.

Ackerman found it in Quinton Lane.

Quarterback Dakota Brasher found Lane for a 63-yard touchdown pass and the Indians slipped past East Webster 6-0 Friday night at Dale Davidson Field in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 matchup.

On a second down and 15, Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger was just looking for a play to pick up a first down.

"It was pretty manageable," Dilliinger said. "We thought that route was open. That was not necessarily where we intended to go. Quinton made a play."

Brasher bobbled the snap, but kept his composure. It paid off as he found his favorite target at the 5:50 mark in the fourth quarter.
East Webster hadn't given Ackerman much on offense all night and were in a position to spoil Lane's catch.

"We know he's a great player and he made a great play," East Webster head coach Doug Wilson said. "Our cornerback was in position."

The Indians had trouble moving the ball all night, and the Wolverines exploited the Ackerman offense.

"East Webster played a heck of a ballgame," Dillinger said. "They came out and had a good scheme. They out-played us in a lot of areas. Hats off to them."

The Wolverines were able to force the Indians to make a couple of mistakes and turn the ball over, but offensively they couldn't capitalize.

"They played great," Wilson said. "I feel like across the board, this is a great effort. Ackerman did a great job of keeping us on a long field. Their special teams did a good job."

The Wolverines had a chance after the Indians scored. They took over at their own 37-yard line, but a false start put them in a hole and they were forced to punt.

Ackerman picked up a couple of first downs and took a knee with 21 seconds remaining to run out the clock.

"We got after it hard and got after their run," Dillinger said. "We feel like we played pretty good. We still had some holes."

Ackerman (5-2, 1-0) are on the right track in defending its division title from a year ago, but it is just the first game.

"You got to win it," Dillinger said. "You have to be 1-0 to have a chance. It keeps us alive in it. We have to go back out Monday and get better. That's not good enough to win it all."

Wilson and the Wolverines return home next week for another district matchup with J.Z. George.

"We are just going to have to keep playing like we're playing," Wilson said. "We are going to be fine."

The Indians host William Sullivan and look to go 2-0 in the district.

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