It’s been August since the Coyotes were able to get a win, in that instance it was their season opener. It’s been a rough road since, but the games that really count started on Friday, Oct. 11 with the district schedule, and Anna was able to run away with a 45-29 win over Nevada Community.
With the win, Anna is tied for first place with Princeton on top of District 12-3A.
Ty Chapman and Isaac Armijo each finished the game with more than 150 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. This combined with five forced turnovers led Anna (2-5, 1-0) to its first district win since 2011.
"It feels good to get a win," Anna Head Coach Jason Heath said. "They came out and won their first district game, which is exactly what we wanted to do."
The teams traded scores in the first quarter with the Braves getting on the board first. Anna took advantage of a short field and Chapman was able to respond with a 12-yard scamper. Community coughed up the ball on its ensuing possession and Chapman scored on the following play with a sweep to the right that went for 58 yards. Anna led from that point on.
After a turnover on downs, Anna drove 69 yards with the help of two big Armijo runs that got the Coyotes into the red zone. Armijo punched it in from three yards out a few plays later, and just like that Anna had three unanswered scores.
Community scored with just over three minutes to go in the half, and again the Coyotes responded with a drive capped off by a Chapman pass to John Erwin for 24 yards to put Anna up 24-16 at halftime.
"I’m proud of our kids," Heath said. "We came out here and were able to do some good things, capitalize on some turnovers we created and stop their momentum several times."
Community got within two points early in the third quarter but another Chapman-Erwin connection helped the Coyotes go ahead by 10 points. They never looked back.
Anna will look to make it two in a row Friday when it travels to Bonham, which is coming off a big loss at the hands of Princeton. A win will ensure a spot in the playoffs.
"We know they have a great quarterback; it will be a tough, hard-fought game, but I think we can put it together next week," Heath said. "Right now, I just want to enjoy this win, relish it for 24-hours and then get back to work."
It may seem premature to think about the playoffs with just one district win under its belt. However, with four teams from each district making the postseason, and just five teams in District 12-3A, one win goes a long way in ensuring a chance to play in November. Two wins will guarantee a spot in the dance.
Nevada 7 9 6 7 — 29
Anna 6 18 8 12 — 45
First downs 17 18
Rushes-Yds 34-329 44-141
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-1 23-38-2
Pass yards 62 253
Total yards 391 394
Punts 4-35 2-26
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 5-3
Penalties-yds 7-90 8-79
NC — Casey Vice 8-yard run (Jackson Kane kick)
AN — Ty Chapman 12-yard run (kick failed)
AN — Ty Chapman 58-yard run
AN — Isaac Armijo 3-yard run
NC — Tay Madkins PAT blocked kick return
NC — Casey Vice 4-yard run
(Jackson Kane kick)
AN — John Erwin 24-yard pass from Ty Chapman (kick failed)
NC — Corey Rogers 5-yard pass from Jordan Graham (pass failed)
AN — John Erwin 14-yard pass from Ty Chapman (Isaac Armijo run)
AN — Isaac Armijo 21-yard run
(Alan Segura kick)
NC — Casey Vice 1-yard run
(Jackson Kane kick)
AN — Isaac Armijo 13-yard run
PASSING – Anna: Ty Chapman 7-16-62-2-1; Community: Jordan Graham 22-37-242-1-2, Reno Deutsch 1-1-11-0-0.
RUSHING – Anna: Ty Chapman 15-179, Isaac Armijo 18-150, Korey Sanchez 1-0; Community: Casey Vice 18-92, Collin Croft 14-85, Jordan Graham 8-(-62).
RECEIVING – Anna: John Erwin 2-38, Korey Sanchez 1-9, Dylan Duncan 1-8, Hunter Green 1-7, J’Varri Stewart 1-3, Joseph Lopez 1-(-3); Community: Tay Madkins 8-103, Corey Rogers 5-65, Chae Dexter 4-39, Dillon McCormick 2-22, Connor Wiser 1-16, Collin Croft 2-(-3).