ANNA — Pottsboro ran back the opening kick off for a touchdown, scored on their opening drive and it looked like the Cardinals were going to continue their dominance over Anna but needed to hold off the Coyotes for a 21-17 non-district victory on Friday night.
A late fourth-down stop ended a comeback attempt by Anna (1-3) and allowed Pottsboro (3-1) to run out the clock after the teams combined for six turnovers and almost 180 penalty yards.
Kory Waller took the opening kickoff right at the Coyote defense and burst through, going 97 yards for the score to put the Cardinals up 7-0. It was the second straight week Waller returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.
After a Coyote three-and-out, the Cards took to the ground, putting together a 79-yard drive. Thaddeus Finn capped off the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run and Pottsboro had a 14-0 lead in the middle of the quarter.
Anna unveiled a new offensive attack — the wildcat — against Pottsboro. Berry Simms, who transferred from Prosper, took several direct snaps and either ran or handed the ball off, finishing the game with 55 yards.
Before the end of the first quarter Anna pinned the Cardinals deep in their own territory and then ended up with a safety and in the second quarter. Anna’s offense was able to put together a drive that resulted in an eight-yard touchdown run by Issac Armijo.
The teams traded turnovers and punts in the next four drives before Pottsboro finally responded with another Flinn touchdown. He ran 16 times for 60 yards.
A few plays later Armijo, who totaled 125 yards on 12 carries, was rushing to the right before reversing course to the left side of the field, gaining the corner for a 44-yard touchdown to bring Anna within six points just before the half.
"We’re really fortunate to come away with a win," Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe said. "We really didn’t play well after the first quarter. We have a lot of things we need to work on."
Defense took over in the second half with both teams struggling to move the ball and neither of them finding the end zone.
"We’re going to go back to work to make sure what happened tonight doesn’t happen again," Poe said.
Anna had a chance late in the game but was unable to take advantage of a bad punt. The Coyotes faced fourth-and-two and ran a quarterback sneak that ended up a foot short of the first down and Pottsboro was able to run out the clock.
Anna will travel to Frisco Lone Star this week and Pottsboro will kickoff its District 6-2A (I) schedule against Farmersville.