ACKERMAN – The Ackerman Indians took the lead in their playoff game against Broad Street Friday night and never looked back.
When action ceased, it was the Indians taking a 38-0 victory over Broad Street.
“We did a good job (Friday) tonight,” Ackerman coach Adam Dillinger said. “We came out here and played balanced in all areas. Defensively, we held them all night, while offensively everyone on the field made plays.”
The night began with T.C. Hatchett finding the end zone for the Indians on a 9-yard run. Taboris Lee followed the run with an extra point to make it 7-0.
Ackerman continued the run game throughout the first quarter as Trent Furr crossed the goal to put the Indians up 13-0 heading into the second quarter.
The Indians took to the air with the start of the second quarter, as quarterback Dakota Brasher hit Quinton Lane with a 23-yard touchdown pass. Ackerman went for two, but the run was stopped shy of the goal line.
Brasher continued the air assault with his favorite target to close the half. This time Brasher and Lane connected on a 4-yard scoring pass to take the Indians up 25-0. Lee again split the uprights to make it 26-0 at the end of the half.
To start the third, Ackerman went 58 yards on a three-play drive that concluded with Brasher hitting Jamarcus Bradley on a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Indians up 32-0.
As the third quarter came to an end, Ackerman returned to the run with Alex Foust finding the end zone on a 3-yard run. The point after attempt was no good to give Indians a 38-0 lead.
Following Foust’s touchdown run, Dillinger pulled the starters to preserve them for the next game.
Brasher finished the night going 5-for-8 for 80 yards and three touchdowns, Fellow senior Hatchett ended his night with 70 yards on seven rushes, while Lane had two receptions both for touchdowns and a total of 23 yards.
The fourth quarter brought the last chance for Broad Street and the extension of its playoff dreams. Unfortunately it was unable to capitalize and at the end of the game Broad Street’s season was over, as Ackerman took the victory into the second round of the playoffs.
As the other games came to a close, Ackerman learned their fate. On Nov. 9, the team travels to West Bolivar.
“We are just taking it one game at a time and (Friday night) we want to enjoy this win,” Dillinger said. “West Bolivar is a tough team. They are one of those teams that you have to face if you want to make it to Jackson.”