After shutting out Broad Street 38-0 in the first round, the Ackerman Indians are ready for their next challenge tonight as they are set to square off against defending Class 2A State champions West Bolivar in the second round.
West Bolivar enters Friday night with a 10-2 overall record after winning a close contest with Okolona 49-36.
“They are really fast and traditionally that is how they’ve out-matched people,” Ackerman coach Adam Dillinger said. “They have three really good running backs that can all break it any time. We have to find a way to stop their run game or at least limit it or slow it down. At the same time, we have to find a way to move the football and score enough that we have one more than they’ve got. In the end, our kids are excited and ready to go out there and compete.”
The Indians, who bring a 9-3 record into the game after the win over Broad Street, are very familiar with what their opponent is capable of and are hoping that history will not repeat itself. One year ago, the teams were in this very situation with West Bolivar claiming a 34-3 victory to eliminate Ackerman from the playoffs.
Upon conclusion tonight, the winner will face the victor of the Bruce-East Webster game.
South Delta (10-1, 4-1)
at Eupora (11-1, 5-0)
Posting a seven-game win streak, the Eupora Eagle face South Delta today in the second round of the 2A playoffs.
“We are playing a really good team on both sides of the ball,” Eupora coach Junior Graham said. “They have a special quarterback that we will have to deal with and great linebackers on the defensive side. Whenever you are in the playoffs, you will be going against great teams, but we have had a great week of practice and are excited to be playing at home.”
Both teams advanced in the postseason by shutting out the previous week’s opponents with the Eagles topping Coahoma County 49-0 and South Delta beating Baldwyn 34-0.
Last year, South Delta eliminated the Eagles from the post season 20-14 in the first round.
The victor of tonight's game plays either Kennedy or Calhoun City next week.
Bruce (9-3, 4-1)
at East Webster (9-3, 3-2)
The senior Wolverines know the importance and challenge that accompanies tonight’s contest with Bruce, but that has not stopped the excitement the players are feeling about getting to play their second round game at home.
“We have gone about practice as usual this week,” East Webster coach Doug Wilson said. “Our players know how good Bruce is, but our team has played with a lot of heart this year. That isn’t going to stop (today).”
East Webster enters tonight following a 36-8 win over Strayhorn, while Bruce advanced to the second round after beating Simmons 47-13.