By Daniel Brunty The Choctaw Plaindealer
With the remnants of the storms off Hurricane Isaac leaving the North Mississippi area this past Friday night, the Ackerman Indians hosted the French Camp Panthers in a non-division battle for county bragging rights.
These two teams met last season in French Camp with the Indians coming out as victors over the Panthers. The Panthers would not be able to hand the Indians their first loss of the season as Ackerman defeated French Camp 14-3 in what was a hard-hitting game.
The 1st quarter began with the Indians getting first possession on the kickoff. Neither team would be able to score in the first quarter, and would either punt or turn the ball over on downs. French Camp would have the possession of the ball going into the 2nd quarter with the score tied 0-0.
The Panthers would punt the ball back to the Indians after not moving the ball. The Indians would experience the same fate, as they punted the ball on their next possession.
On the next French Camp possession, Panthers running back Jalon Clemons would fumble the ball deep in Indians territory, and was recovered by Trent Furr of the Indians on the Panthers’ 5-yard line. The Indians would have possession with around eight minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
After a few plays from scrimmage, Indians quarterback Dakota Brasher would score on a 7-yard run to give Ackerman the first lead of the game. Brasher would also kick a successful PAT to make the score 7-0 with around seven minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
The Panthers would try to get on the offensive attack their next series, but again were forced to punt the ball.
Ackerman would begin their drive the next series, but was cut short when running back Lenny Taylor fumbled the ball. The Panthers’ Douglas Hughes was able to recover the ball to give French Camp possession with around four minutes left in the first half.
With another possession that could tie the game for the Panthers, French Camp would be forced to punt the ball to the Indians. On the punt return, Ackerman’s Jamarcus Bradley got the Indians’ crowd going with a 47-yard return to the Panthers’ 9-yard line.
With around three minutes left in the quarter, the Indians attempted to make good on their red zone possession. The Panthers’ defense would force the Indians into a fourth down situation with under a minute left in the quarter. Brasher would find the end zone on a 1-yard run for his second touchdown of the night. The PAT would make the score 14-0 going into halftime. The third quarter would begin the same for the Panthers, as they would again punt the ball back to the Indians.
On the Indians’ next possession, Brasher would sustain an injury that would sideline him for the rest of the quarter. Ackerman would eventually turn the ball over on downs.
French Camp, still trying to put together a successful drive, would punt the ball back to the Indians after going three and out.
On Ackerman’s next possession, the Panthers would get a break, as Taylor would again fumble the ball, only to be recovered by French Camp with around one minute left in the 3rd quarter.
The Panthers would have possession gong into the 4th quarter. They would eventually get the ball within field goal range, and Sam Gould kicked a 31-yard field goal for French Camp’s first points of the game. The score was 14-3 at this point.
On their next possession, the Indians would again fumble, with French Camp’s Ben Hosket recovering the ball for the Panthers.
With their next possession, the Panthers would again attempt a field goal to cut into the Indians’ lead. The field goal by Gould was no good, and gave Ackerman back possession of the ball.
Both team would exchange possessions for the rest of the game, making the final score 14-3.
For the Indians offense, Brasher was 4 of 8 in pass completions for 79 yards, as well as 12 carries for 43 yards and two touchdowns. Bradley had two receptions for 58 yards, and had four carries for 13 yards.
For the Panthers’ offense, Hagan Box was 3 of 9 in pass completions for 36 yards, as well as 14 carries for 13 yards. Clemons had 19 carries for 69 yards, while Ben Hosket had seven carries for 42 yards.
Defensively, Hosket led the team with 8 total tackles, followed by Marcus Shelton with 7 total. Lovondra Carter, Daniel Hughes, and Cortez Johnson each had 5 total tackles. Hosket and Shelton also had one sack each.
Up next for Ackerman (3-0) will be a non-division contest against Houston (3-0) this Friday night. Last season the Hilltoppers defeated the Indians 32-7. Look for the Indians to challenge the Class 4A team as they look to improve their resume with a win over the bigger school.
French Camp (1-2) will match up against McAdams (0-3) this upcoming Friday night in division play. Last season the Panthers came out with a huge win over the Bulldogs, 59-6. French camp will be looking for their first division win of the season.