ACKERMAN – The Ackerman Indians closed out the regular season in impressive fashion Thursday night.
In Class 2A, Region 2 action, the Indians enjoyed a 42-7 victory over the Hamilton Lions.
“(We) came out and played well,” Ackerman coach Adam Dillinger said. “We played very well up front at the line of scrimmage. We were able to run the ball. Overall, our kids made plays down the field to give us the victory.”
Ackerman opened the game with a six-play drive that concluded with T.C. Hatchett picking up the first of four touchdowns on a 14-yard run. After missing the point after attempt, the Indians were up 6-0.
Hamilton answered Ackerman’s score as Deion Howard found his way into the end zone on a 30-yard run. After a successful kick, the Lions were up 7-6 with 6:52 to go in the first.
Continuing action in the first quarter, JaMarcus Bradley came through with a 26-yard touchdown run to give Ackerman another six points with 2:58 left to play. The Indians went for two and were successful as Dakota Brasher found Willie Miller to place Ackerman ahead 14-7.
Hatchett picked up a pair of touchdown runs in the second quarter and after two successful kicks by Taboris Lee, the Indians were up 28-7 at the half.
Ackerman picked up their final two scores in the third quarter, beginning with Brasher connecting with Quinton Lane on a 79-yard pass. Hatchett then picked up his fourth and final score as he had a 99-yard touchdown run and again it was Lee splitting the uprights to close the game with a 42-7 victory for the Indians.
Hatchett concluded the night with a total of 13 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns. Brasher closed his night at 6 for 9 passing for 217 yards and one touchdown. The Indians also gained yardage from Lane who had four receptions for 186 yards and one touchdown. Corey McPherson contributed another 102 yards on nine rushes, while defensively Ackerman had three interceptions and held Hamilton to seven points.
With the win, Ackerman closes the regular season with an 8-3 overall and 4-1 region record, while Hamilton’s season ends at 4-7 overall and 2-3 regionally.