By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer
The Ackerman Indians made a statement last Friday with a 38-0 shutout win in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoffs.
The Region 2 Indians hosted the Region 3 Shelby Broad Street Jaguars at Dale Davidson Field.
The Friday night matchup started as an intense showdown that would decide which team could play again next week and which team’s season would end.
With just seconds into the game, the Indians quickly set the tone.
Ackerman dominated the ball from start to finish. The solid Indian defense kept the Jaguars silent for the entire game, a season first for Shelby Broad Street.
The Indians opened the game with a scoring drive after junior running back T.C. Hatchett made a dash from nine yards out to the end zone. Taboris Lee added the point-after-touchdown. With 10:55 left in the first quarter, Ackerman had gained a 7-0 lead over the Jaguars.
Later in the first quarter, the Indians continued their ground assault. Senior running back Trent Furr increased the Ackerman lead with a 14-yard run.
The second quarter featured the duo of senior quarterback Dakota Brasher and senior wide receiver Quinton Lane as the Indians began to rely on their passing game.
Brasher connected with Lane on 24-yard touchdown pass with 8:17 left in the first half. With a little over two minutes left before the half, Brasher hit Lane through the air again, this time with a four- yard pass. Lee added the latter extra point.
Ackerman entered halftime with a 26-0 advantage over Shelby Broad Street.
Brasher continued passing touchdowns collecting his third of the game as the Indians scored on their first possession in the third quarter. Brasher found Jamarcus Bradley with a 30-yard pass with 10:57 left in third quarter.
A few minutes later, Ackerman entered the end zone once more. Alex Foust scored with a run from the four-yard line.
The Indian reserves took over following Foust’s touchdown run and protected the Ackerman 38-0 lead.
On the offensive side of the ball, Hatchett led the rushing attack with eight carries for 91 yards with one touchdown. McPherson had eight carries for 86 yards while Furr had seven carries for with one touchdown. Bradley had five carries for 49 yards. Foust has three carries for 29 yards with a touchdown while Brasher had two carries for 19 yards. Brasher was 5-8 through the air for 83 yards with three touchdowns.
Bradley had two receptions for 42 yards with one touchdown while Lane had two receptions for 28 yards with two touchdowns. Bonnes Brown had one reception for 13 yards. The Indians had a total of 447 offensive yards during their battle with the Jaguars.
Ackerman now holds a 9-3 overall record.
This Friday night Ackerman will travel to Rosedale to square off with the West Bolivar Eagles.
The Eagles are the defending Class 2A state champions and are looking to retain their title.
West Bolivar will enter the meeting with a 10-2 overall record and were undefeated in district play. The Region 4 Eagles recently defeated Region 1, No. 4 seed Okolona, 49-36.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.