By JOEL COLEMAN
ACKERMAN – Broad Street came to Ackerman for Friday’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.
“We were able to get some opportunities for big plays and made them,” said Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger. “We took advantage. It was a good night for us.”
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.
Lane’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.
“I saw the ball after it was released and I just went up and got it,” said Lane. “Then, like coach Moss always said, big-time players make big-time plays.”
Lane’s interception allowed Ackerman to overcome what had originally been a troublesome start to the game according to Dillinger.
“Our first drive, we get a good gain and fumble it away,” said Dillinger. “Then (Broad Street) moved the ball a little bit. But Quinton came through and that’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.”
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 Indians’ lead to 12-0.
“That’s probably the biggest run he’s had all year,” said Dillinger of Brasher’s scamper. “He’s probably a 6-or-7-yard guy, but he broke that one, had great blocking downfield and got in the end zone.”
On the final play of the first half, Brasher hit Lane on a 34-yard pass that put Ackerman up 19-0 after Roman Ramirez’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 night’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 he’s enjoying keeping opponents scoreless this postseason.
“We’re going to try to keep it that way,” 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.
“When you get to the third round of the playoffs, you know you’re playing against a good team no matter who it is,” said Dillinger. “You just better be ready to play.”