By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Ackerman Indians traveled to Bruce last Friday to square off with Trojans in a non-division match.
The Trojans handed Ackerman their second loss of the season defeating the Indians, 26-13.
Bruce scored early in the first quarter setting the tone for the outcome of the game with a 55-yard touchdown run by Donta Armstrong. Unable to receive the extra point, Bruce took a 6-0 lead over Ackerman.
The Indians did not answer back until the second quarter. Taking advantage of a Trojan fumble, Ackerman reclaimed possession of the ball on the Bruce 35-yard line. A few plays later, quarterback Dakota Brasher entered the end zone from one yard out matching the Trojans, 6-6.
Bruce struck back several minutes later with another touchdown. Quarterback Davis Brown completed a 40-yard pass to Jay Johnson. After the extra point, Bruce regained a 13-6 lead.
With Ackerman in possession, the Indians moved down the field but were unable to match the Trojans.
Entering the second half of the game, Bruce continued to maintain a 13-6 lead over the Indians.
With 9:40 remaining in the third quarter, Armstrong added another Bruce touchdown with a 60-yard punt return increasing their lead, 19-6.
The Trojan defense held off the Indian offense in an effort to keep their lead safe. But the Ackerman defense stepped up as well keeping the Trojan scoring contained for the rest of the third quarter and the majority of the fourth.
The Indians added another touchdown in the fourth quarter with just 3:15 remaining in the game cutting away at the Bruce lead. Brasher connected with Javorie Tripleet in the end zone on a three-yard pass. After the extra point added by Brasher, Ackerman trailed 19-13.
The Trojans answered back shortly when Darrian Sullivan made an interception and ran 39 yards for another Bruce touchdown. After the extra point, the Trojans sealed a 26-13 win over Ackerman.
Brasher was 10-21 through the air on 128 yards with one touchdown during the game.
Cody Harris led the Indian rushing attack with nine carries on 62 yards while Brasher had 16 carries on 25 yards with one touchdown. K’Tre Brown contributed with five carries on six yards.
Triplett received five tosses on 34 yards with one touchdown during the game, while Quinton Lane received two passes on 18 yards. Harris received one pass on 31 yards while Jamarcus Bradley received one on 22 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Alex Foust led with seven stops. Quincy Cole followed with five while Taboris Lee, Trent Furr and Bradely had four stops each.
Willie Miller had a notable performance with one sack, a blocked field goal and recovering a Bruce fumble.
The Ackerman Indians now hold a 3-2 overall record.
This Friday night the Indians will host the Class 4A Caledonia Confederates in their final non-division game of the season before hosting the East Webster Wolverines (4-1) in a Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 matchup.
The Confederates have a 4-1 overall record and were recently defeated by New Hope, 35-0.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.