The day that Anna football fans have been waiting for has finally arrived — opening day.
The boys in purple and black have given a month worth of blood, sweat and tears in blistering Texas conditions to prepare themselves for Friday night when the Coyotes will take the field in a home-opener against Dallas Life. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with a presentation immediately before the game by Donald Nutt, the manager of Brookshires in Anna.
As their preseason workouts were winding down, the Coyotes played host to Canton on Aug. 22, in a scrimmage that concluded with a live half of play. Though it was a scrimmage and not all of the game situations were "live" Anna was able to take a 20-6 lead in the half and come away with a simulated win.
"I thought we competed well," Anna Head Coach Jason Heath said. "We moved the ball offensively and did some good things defensively. I like how we were physical on defense. I thought we saw an improvement from our first scrimmage to our second scrimmage, and that is what we wanted to see."
Anna scored first, but Canton responded with a score and went up 7-6. Anna scored twice more and was able to hold the Canton offense at bay to go up by 13 points after 24 minutes of play.
Heath hopes that the live game situations in the heat on Thursday and all through out two-a-day practices will help his team cope with the stress of playing in the hot games early in the season.
"I think our conditioning was good, but know that will be a big factor in our game on Friday with the temperature being around 100," he said.
Anna has had good showings against Dallas Life in recent years. The Coyotes have won two out of the last three match-ups, including a runaway win on the road in the season opener a year ago.