By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
In their first division game of the season, the Ackerman Indians clinched a 6-0 win over the East Webster Wolverines last Friday night at Dale Davidson Field.
The matchup featured two of the toughest defenses in Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 and both were forced to work over time during the game.
The Wolverines forced several Indian mistakes, but were unable to produce points with the momentum.
“We’re happy with the win, but we didn’t play well so we’re not real happy with how we performed tonight,” said Ackerman head coach Adam Dillinger.
The Ackerman offense suffered several setbacks during the game and had a hard time progressing down the field.
However, the Indian defense shut down the East Webster offense keeping the game scoreless until 5:50 left in the game. With the Indian’s senior quarterback Dakota Brasher almost fumbling the snap, Brasher quickly found a hole through the air to senior wide receiver Quinton Lane for 63 yards for an Ackerman touchdown.
“We were fortunate to make a big play. Quinton [Lane] made a good catch there at the end,” said Dillinger. “Even that play we bobbled the snap around and we were just able to get rid of it and [Lane] made a good catch and [the East Webster defender] fell down allowing [Lane] to score.”
The Indians did make a big stand in the fourth quarter to protect their lead. The Wolverines ran the ensuing kickoff to their own 37- yard line giving them an opportunity to answer back. However, with tensions high East Webster kept making mistakes forcing them deeper into their own territory and would eventually have to punt. The last possession belonging to Ackerman ensured an Indian 6-0 win.
On the offensive side of the ball, senior running back led with seven carries for 33 yards while senior running back Cody Harris followed with three carries for 16 yards. Brasher was 7-17 through the air for 138 yards with one touchdown.
Lane led in receiving catching four passes for 93 with one touchdown. Lenny Taylor had one reception for 28 yards during the game.
Ackerman now possesses a 5-2 overall record and is 1-0 in district play. With one division win already, the Indians are prepping for their next four weeks of district play. Last season Ackerman held the Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 title and are hoping to earn it once again this year. Although they are one step closer, the Indians still have some work to do to reach their goal.
“We didn’t play like a championship team tonight,” said Dillinger. “We made way too many mistakes and we’re going to have to play better than that from here.” The Indians will host the J.Z. George Jaguars in a homecoming showdown.
The Jaguars were recently defeated by the Eupora Eagles (6-1, 1-0), 34-0. J.Z. George now holds a 2-5 overall record and is 0-1 in division play.
Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at Dale Davidson Field.