By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Ackerman Indians returned to their winning ways last Friday night with a 44-0 win over the J.Z. George Jaguars.
The Indians were fired up as they hit the road to North Carrollton to take on another Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 opponent.
Junior running back T.C. Hatchett started the scoring for Ackerman with 9:55 left in the first quarter with a 35-yard TD run. Taboris Lee added the extra point, and the Indians gained an early 7-0 lead over the Jaguars.
After a short-lived J.Z. George possession, the Indians were ready to reach the end zone again just 21 seconds later. Senior quarterback Dakota Brasher found senior wide receiver Quinton Lane with a 20-yard touchdown pass increasing the Indian advantage, 13-0.
Later in the first quarter, Brasher made another touchdown pass this time connecting with junior tight end Bonnes Brown 2 yards through the air. The second quarter was no different from the first with the explosive Ackerman offense adding three more touchdowns.
Jamarcus Bradley entered the end zone twice for the Indians within six minutes of the second quarter. First Bradley punched it in from the three, and then he made a 53-yard dash. Lee added the extra point for Bradley’s second touchdown run putting the Indians ahead, 32-0.
The final Ackerman touchdown in the first half of the game was ran in by Brasher from the 15-yard line.
The Indians had a comfortable 38-0 lead over the Jaguars going into to halftime.
In the third quarter, the Indians turned to their reserves to protect the lead. The Ackerman defense continued to overpower J.Z. George keeping them scoreless throughout the rest of the game.
Sophomore running back T.Q. Brown capped the Indians’ 44-0 win with a four-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left in the game. This is the fourth shutout win for Ackerman this season.
The Indians had a total 392 yards.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brown led with five carries for 72 yards with one touchdown. Hatchett had three carries for 54 yards with one touchdown. Bradley had four carries for 44 yards with two touchdowns while Corey McPherson had 10 carries for 44 yards. Brody Hines had eight carries for 36 yards.
Brasher was 4-6 through the air for 45 yards with two touchdowns while backup quarterback Bradley was 2-4 through the air for 21 yards. Bradley had two receptions for 23 yards while Lane had one reception for 20 yards with one touchdown. Lenny Taylor had one reception for 17 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Kellen Lang led with eight stops. Marquel Kennedy and Brown followed with six stops each. Willie Miller, Clay Grissom and Jay Davis contributed with five stops each.
The Indians hold a 7-3 overall record, are 3-1 in district play and are currently tied with the East Webster Wolverines in district standings for the second spot right behind the Eupora Eagles.
With the regular high school football season nearing a close, Ackerman will host the Hamilton Lions this Thursday night before prepping for playoff action.
The Lions have a 4-6 overall record and are 2-2 in division games. Hamilton was recently defeated by the East Webster Wolverines, 24-0. This Thursday will also be the Indians’ “Senior Night.”
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Dale Davidson Field.