Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
After suffering back-to-back losses, the Ackerman Indians are back to their winning ways.
The Indians hosted their first game in two weeks against a Class 4A opponent, the Caledonia Confederates.
The Indians had a rough start in the first quarter falling behind the Confederates 14-0 within two minutes of the initial kickoff. However, Ackerman managed to take control of ball and earn a 44-24 triumph over Caledonia in their last non-division game of the year.
With Caledonia kicking off to the Indians, the Confederates’ Randy Randle managed to obtain the ball and run 80 yards for the touchdown. A minute later, Caledonia seized another chance to put up more points on the board with a one-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Pagaduan from the defensive side of the ball.
The Indians answered back shortly, after building up a successful drive, when senior quarterback Dakota Brasher reached the end zone from one yard out. The Indians had reduced the Confederate lead, 14-6.
With the Indian offense sparked, senior running back Trent Furr added another Indian touchdown with a five-yard run. Ackerman made good on a pass from Brasher to Alex Foust gaining the extra two points. The Indians now matched Caledonia, 14-14.
Three minutes later, Ackerman added another eight points with a 19- yard touchdown run by junior running back T.C. Hatchett and gained the extra two points with a run from Brasher.
Entering the second quarter with a 22-14 lead over the Confederates, the Indian offense paced themselves while the defense stepped up to secure the Ackerman lead.
With about three minutes left in the first half of the game, Jamarcus Bradley ran from six yards out for another Indian touchdown. The Indians were successful adding the extra two points again when Brasher connected with K’Tre Brown in the end zone. Ackerman took a 30-14 lead over the Confederates and held on to it for the rest of the first half of the game.
The third quarter remained scoreless until halfway in when Brasher connected with senior wide receiver Quinton Lane 31-yards through the air for the touchdown.
With hopes of a comeback, the Confederates responded two minutes later with a 25-yard field goal by Joshua Kugel. Caledonia took a stab at the Indian lead, 36-17.
Ackerman topped their scoring off in the fourth quarter with a 32- yard pass from Brasher to Lane in the end zone. Brasher ran for the extra two points giving the Indians a 44-17 lead.
The Confederates scored again with six minutes left in the game with a five yard run by Ben Marchbanks. However, with the Ackerman defense making a solid stand in the last few minutes of the game, it would not be enough for Caledonia advance pass the 44-24 lead the Indians maintained.
On the offensive side of the ball, Hatchett led the ground attack with six carries on 116 yards with one touchdown. Furr followed with eight carries on 32 yards and a touchdown while Brasher had eight carries on 32 yards with one touchdown. Freshman Corey McPherson had eight carries on 31 yards during the game.
Lane led in receiving catching four tosses on 131 yards with two touchdowns. Lenny Taylor followed with three receptions on 52 yards.
Brasher was 11-18 through the air on 211 yards with two passing touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, Bradley led with eight stops while Taboris Lee had six stops during the game. Ackerman now holds a 4-2 overall record.
The Indians are geared up to begin Class 2A, Region 2 District 4 division play this Friday night as they host the East Webster Wolverines.
The Wolverines will be a tough opponent, boasting a 5-1 overall record with their only defeat coming from a 27-10 loss against Caledonia earlier this season. East Webster recently traveled to Ridgeland and came home with a 28-0 win over St. Andrews Episcopal.
This will be the last game of the season with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.