ACKERMAN – The Ackerman High School football game needed to pick its offense up this week.
It was evident that they had a better gameplan and were able to beat Winona 19-16 at Dale Davidson Field Friday night.
With just over a minute remaining, Ackerman (2-0) head coach Adam Dillinger went for it on fourth down from the Winona 18. The Indians came up a yard short, but didn't leave much time for the Tigers to score.
On the first play, Tiger quarterback Butler Flowers tossed it down field, but Ackerman quarterback Lenny Taylor picked it off and sealed the victory for the Indians.
"That was a good pick," Dillinger said. "(Lenny) was playing back. We were in a cover four. We were just trying not to give up anything behind us. Lenny has been great."
On Winona's second drive of the game, it managed to get the ball inside the Ackerman five, but the Indian defense stood strong and forced a turnover on downs.
"You look back now and that's the difference in the ballgame," Dillinger said. "We harped on how they didn't score any points there. They got all the way down to the 3."
On the very next play, the Tigers tackled K'Tre Brown in the end zone for a safety. That was the only time Winona led.
Ackerman scored its first touchdown on a 1-yard rush by senior quarterback Dakota Brasher to cap off a 6:25 minute drive. Brasher kicked the extra point to make it 7-0 Indians.
"Our offensive line did a great job all night of blocking and making holes," Dillinger said. "We had some good rushing yards."
The Indians got the ball back on the kickoff, when they recovered it at the Tiger 29. Five plays later Brasher found Taylor for a 13-yard touchdown.
"We had to make a couple of adjustments from last week," Brasher said. "We had a couple of mistakes when we got down in the red zone. We still had a couple this week and we still have to fix those. Getting inside the 20, we did much better this week. We got drives down there and finished them."
The Tigers scored right before halftime, when Patrick Purnell punched it in from four yards out.
Ackerman came out in the second half and scored on its very first possession. Brown rushed it in from three yards, but an attempt to go for two failed.
The Tigers scored their final points on a 42-yard touchdown by Purnell early in the fourth quarter.
Ackerman took the next possession and marched down the field leaving only just over a minute for the Tigers.
"We needed that," Dillinger said. "We were backed up when we took the ball and we needed to move it out. That last drive is an offensive line drive. They took over and made pushes, we were able to move the ball and chew clock."
The Indians are back at home next Friday night when they play host to French Camp. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.