Anna’s Coyotes stayed undefeated on Friday, strumming Van Alstyne at home, 31-12, behind strong performances from running back Daunte Rose and quarterback Keelan Crosby. Rose rushed for 202 yards and Crosby ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and also nabbed an interception.
The Coyotes led, 21-6, at halftime.
“I think it was a total team effort, offensively and defensively,” said Anna head coach Jason Heath. “We were able to run the ball effectively and that was part of our game plan coming in. Defensively, they did what they’ve been doing the last couple of weeks, and that was not giving up big plays… and getting big stops when we needed them.”
“Daunte Rose, he was a workhorse,” Heath said. “He was dragging guys, getting extra yardage after contact. And Keelan Crosby had another good game. But that doesn’t happen without our offensive line up front doing a good job blocking and opening up some holes for them.”
That offensive line includes seniors Dillon Rollins, Koy Harris and Travis Shouse, and juniors Jeran Lewis and Jacob Perez.
Heath noted that the Coyotes’ defensive line was “a little thin” this week due to injuries. “So those guys had to play a lot of snaps. They did a good job. Our secondary did a good job too, defending against the pass.”
“We had some penalties that we need to get fixed,” he added, “and some technique things. But the thing that I liked is that we were able to overcome those penalties and continue drives. We didn’t let those penalties be drive-killers.
“I thought our offense did a great job just controlling the game… what I like about this group is we’re not trying to get too far ahead and look down the road. We’re focusing on the next game, the next opponent, and doing what we need to do to prepare for that team… I think we’re improving each and every week.”
Anna continues non-district play at Bonham (0-3) on Friday.