By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Ackerman Indians traveled to Houston last Friday to square off with the Class 4A Hilltoppers.
Both teams took to the field with undefeated records knowing that only one team could keep their early season winning streak alive.
The Indians would be without starting quarterback Dakota Brasher due to a leg injury he suffered during last week’s game against French Camp. Backup sophomore quarterback Jamarcus Bradley played in his stead.
Unable to complete a scoring drive, both teams’ offense remained silent during the first half of the game.
Neither the Indians nor the Hilltoppers were able to add points to the scoreboard until in the middle of the third quarter.
With 6:00 left in the third quarter, Houston started the scoring with a successful 38 yard field goal attempt by Emmitt Dendy giving the Hilltoppers a 3-0 lead over Ackerman.
On the Indians ensuing possession, Bradley dashed by Hilltopper defenders 82 yards to the end zone for an Ackerman touchdown. Taboris Lee added the extra point and the Indians gained the lead, 7-3.
With a little over a minute left in the third quarter, Houston answered back with a 50-yard touchdown run by Sharone Wright. After the extra point, the Hilltoppers reclaimed their lead, 10-7.
In the fourth, with 6:34 left in the game, Ackerman completed a successful drive when Bradley entered the end zone again from 4 yards out giving the Indians the lead once again, 13-10.
In hopes of an Ackerman victory, the Indian defense stood strong protecting their three point lead. But with a little over two minutes left in the game, despite the Ackerman efforts, Wright broke through Indian defenders and ran 13 yards for the Hilltoppers final touchdown of the night clinching a 17-13 win over the Indians.
Bradley led the Indians on the offensive side of the ball with 20 carries on 101 yards with two touchdowns, while K’Tre Brown followed with six carries on 17 yards. Alex Foust had two carries on six yards.
Bradley went 5-16 through the air on 51 yards.
Javorie Triplett led in receiving catching two tosses on 18 yards, while Lenny Taylor followed receiving one toss on 27 yards. Brown received one pass on four yards, and Quinton Lane received one pass on two yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, both T.C. Hatchett and Lee led with seven stops each, while Anquan Smith and Foust had six a piece during the game. Quincy Cole followed with four stops.
The Indians now have a 3-1 record, which they hope to improve this Friday as they hit the road for the second week straight.
Ackerman will travel to Bruce to take on the Trojans.
The Trojans (3-1) recently suffered their first loss this season against Water Valley, 17-16.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. in Bruce.