The Anna Coyotes defeated Community, 41-21, at Nevada on Friday, Sept. 29, to advance their season record to 4-1. In this final non-district match-up of 2017, Coyote senior quarterback Keelan Crosby rushed for a team-high 106 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns and he threw for 97 yards with a TD, hitting on 6-of-8 attempts. Anna sophomore Abner Dubar rushed for 81 yards on 11 carries and scored the game’s first points on a 49-yard touchdown run.
Coyote senior Aaron Lee grabbed an interception to end Community’s first possession and his 14-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter pushed Anna’s lead to 28-7. Lee came back with a 2-yard touchdown burst in the fourth to boost the Coyotes’ margin to 35-14.
Anna junior Fernando Rodriguez closed out the game’s scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Coyotes out-rushed Community, 320 yards to 192, and led 14-0 after one quarter and 21-7 at halftime.
“It was pretty much an overall team effort, all phases,” Anna head coach Jason Heath said. “It’s hard to pick out one person that really stood out. Our offensive line did a great job opening up some holes and clearing some paths, and the running backs did a great job of keeping the ball moving forward. I felt, offensively, we were clicking pretty good.
“We did a lot of good things, defensively. They throw the ball really well and we were able to shut that down for the most part. We had little break downs here and there on the run. A lot of that was just tackling and those are things that we’ll definitely work on and improve.”
“If there was one person to call out, I think Aaron Lee had an outstanding game,” Heath said.
After a bye on Oct. 6, Anna opens District 7-4A Division I play at Paris North Lamar on Friday, Oct. 13.
“Going into the season,” Heath said, “this is kind of where we wanted to be. We’re pretty much healthy. I think we feel pretty good about where we’re at and what we’re doing. The thing is, everybody in our district is playing well right now, from North Lamar to Quinlan Ford and Princeton — and obviously Paris and Liberty-Eylau. It’s going to be a tough road. It’s one of those things that is probably going to come down to a play, here and there. We’re excited and looking forward to it.
“And we know that being 4-1 doesn’t mean anything when you start district. It all starts over. We’ve got to take it one game at a time and try to get that first district win, and that puts us in a good position the rest of the way.”