Ackerman falls in second run of playoffs; has positive season

By Ruthie Robison The Choctaw Plaindealer

Even though it was cut shorter than anticipated, the Ackerman Indians completed another winning season last Friday night.

The Indians traveled to Rosedale to face the defending Class 2A champion West Bolivar Eagles in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association playoffs.

The Eagles added a touchdown in both the first and second quarters of the game.

However with just seconds left in the first half of the game, Jamarcus Bradley ran a quarterback keeper from five yards out into the end zone. After the extra point, Ackerman had cut away at the West Bolivar lead, 12-7.

The Indians recovered an Eagle fumble in the beginning of the second half. But the West Bolivar defense forced a turnover on downs, and Ackerman was unable to capitalize on their possession.

In the middle of the third quarter, the West Bolivar lead continued to dwindle, 12-9, after the Indians gained two points from a safety.

The Eagle running game fired up shortly after. Dandy Dozen senior running back Kalio Moore made a big touchdown run giving West Bolivar the boost needed to maintain control of the game.

The Eagle offense added three more touchdowns in the second half to cap their 37-15 win over Ackerman.

The Indians finished their season with a 9-4 overall record and a 4-1 record in Class 2A, Region 2, District 4 play. The Indians were ranked number two in their division.

Ackerman boasted a talented roster this season that included 15 seniors.

Junior running back T.C. Hatchett made a big impact on the Indian team this season with 59 carries for 595 yards with eight touchdowns. Hatchett averaged 10.09 yards a carry this season. In addition, Hatchett had three receptions for 92 yards with one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Hatchett had 26 stops, caused one fumble, recovered two fumbles and three pass deflections.

Senior wide receiver Quinton Lane, considered one of the top uncommitted players in the state, had 25 receptions for 616 yards with eight touchdowns. Lane had three carries for 39 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Lane had nine stops and two pass deflections. Lane returned one kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown this season.

Senior running back Cody Harris had 57 carries for 283 yards this year. Harris had four receptions for 67 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Harris had nine stops and two sacks.

Senior Lenny Taylor had four receptions for 53 yards and 13 carries for 209 yards with two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Taylor had 24 stops, three interceptions and four pass deflections.

Senior quarterback Dakota Brasher had 72 completed passes this season for 1358 yards with 16 touchdowns. Brasher had 105 carries for 314 yards with six touchdowns and three receptions for 35 yards with one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Brasher had seven stops and one interception.

Senior Trent Furr had 29 carries this year for 187 yards with two touchdowns. Defensively, Furr had 29 stops and two fumble recoveries.

This season senior Alex Foust had 20 carries for 139 yards with one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Foust had 71 stops, one interception, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery.

Senior Taboris Lee had 60 stops this year, one sack and two fumble recoveries. Lee added 11 point-after-touchdowns.

Bradley, sophomore backup quarterback and free safety, had 16 completed passes this season for 168 yards with one touchdown. Bradley had 57 carries for 398 yards with seven touchdown and 20 receptions for 348 yards with four touchdowns. Defensively, Bradley had 41 stops, two interceptions, one pass deflection, and one fumble recovery.

The Indians protected their home this year winning every game that was played on Dale Davidson Field.