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By JOEL COLEMAN
ACKERMAN â€“ Broad Street came to Ackerman for Fridayâ€™s second-round, Class 2A playoff game with a big-play reputation.
The Indians decided to beat the Jaguars at their own game.
Ackerman used a trio of quick scores in the first half to take control over Broad Street as the Indians rolled to a 29-0 win.
â€śWe were able to get some opportunities for big plays and made them,â€ť said Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger. â€śWe took advantage. It was a good night for us.â€ť
Dakota Brasher ran for 109 yards and a touchdown and passed for 52 yards and a score to pace the Ackerman offense.
K.J. Woods had 110 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Indians, while Quinton Lane had 34 yards receiving, one touchdown reception and a critical interception on the defensive side of the football.
Laneâ€™s pick actually got the ball rolling for the Indians early in the first quarter as he leaped to intercept a Broad Street pass near midfield and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 Ackerman lead.
Lane gave some of the credit for his pick to advice given by former Ackerman assistant football coach Steven Moss, who was killed in a tragic bus accident earlier this year.
â€śI saw the ball after it was released and I just went up and got it,â€ť said Lane. â€śThen, like coach Moss always said, big-time players make big-time plays.â€ť
Laneâ€™s interception allowed Ackerman to overcome what had originally been a troublesome start to the game according to Dillinger.
â€śOur first drive, we get a good gain and fumble it away,â€ť said Dillinger. â€śThen (Broad Street) moved the ball a little bit. But Quinton came through and thatâ€™s the kind of thing that kills drives and takes momentum. It was a big play. He got up and got it, then found the end zone and finished the play.â€ť
Ackerman, nor Lane, was done coming up with exciting feats.
Later in the first quarter, Brasher reeled off a 60-yard touchdown run that doubled the Indiansâ€™ lead to 12-0.
â€śThatâ€™s probably the biggest run heâ€™s had all year,â€ť said Dillinger of Brasherâ€™s scamper. â€śHeâ€™s probably a 6-or-7-yard guy, but he broke that one, had great blocking downfield and got in the end zone.â€ť
On the final play of the first half, Brasher hit Lane on a 34-yard pass that put Ackerman up 19-0 after Roman Ramirezâ€™s extra point.
Ramirez added a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and K.J. Woods scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to cap the nightâ€™s scoring.
Meanwhile, the Indians defense continued its recent stranglehold.
For the second-straight week, Ackerman kept its opponent off the scoreboard, something the Indians have now done four total times this season.
Lane says heâ€™s enjoying keeping opponents scoreless this postseason.
â€śWeâ€™re going to try to keep it that way,â€ť said Lane.
Lane and the Indians will get their next opportunity to keep up their solid work when Ackerman hosts West Bolivar next Friday with a trip to the Class 2A North final on the line.
West Bolivar defeated Bruce 15-14 on Friday.
Dillinger knows the Indians will have their work cut out for them next week as the postseason pressure picks up.
â€śWhen you get to the third round of the playoffs, you know youâ€™re playing against a good team no matter who it is,â€ť said Dillinger. â€śYou just better be ready to play.â€ť