By Kent Smith
Special to the Herald Democrat
FRISCO — Anna put up more than 400 yards on the road against Lone Star. However, those big numbers didn’t translate to the scoreboard as the Rangers took down the Coyotes, 34-20, in a non-district game on Friday night.
Lone Star (5-0) took advantage of turnovers and key fourth-down stops to jump out to a 31-7 lead early in the second half.
"It’s the same thing that’s been hurting us all year – ourselves," Anna head coach Jason Heath said. "We’re a lot better team than what our [1-4] record shows. We let them get away with one tonight."
A fumble at midfield following a first-down completion on Anna’s opening drive lead to a four-play drive capped off by a 39-yard pass from Jason Shelley to Ramon Harris.
The Ranger defense struggled outside the red zone but found ways to make big plays once Anna became a threat to score.
Anna was stopped on fourth-and-one at its own 22 late in the first quarter. Lone Star’s offense repaid the defensive effort with a scoring drive that covered 78 yards on a pair of rushing plays of 28 yards by Harris and 50 yards on a reverse to Austin DeLeon.
"We’re not going to out-athlete people," Heath said. "We’ve got to out-physical teams. When we got in trouble was when we had players get out of place and we just weren’t able to recover."
Anna continued to move the ball in the first half behind quarterback Ty Chapman and running back Isaac Armijo. The two combined for 131 yards rushing on 25 carries in the first half and Chapman added 95 yards through the air on seven-of-nine passing.
Despite the success, another long drive by Anna was stopped short – this time by half an inch short at the six. Six plays later, Shelley threw a 23-yard strike to Michael Bordes, who juggled the ball but was able to squeeze it at the last possible second as he drifted out the back of the end zone.
Armijo scored his first touchdown with 42 seconds left in the first half but Lone Star was able to get in field goal range for Cameron Scott’s 40-yard kick with one second left on the clock.
Anna scored twice in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass from Chapman to Joshua Coutee and a short Armijo run. Armijo finished with 159 yards on 23 carries.