By MARCUS ELLIOTT
ANNA — It’s been since the season-opener the Coyotes were able to get a win but Anna was able to earn a victory when the games that really count towards a playoff push start.
Ty Chapman and Isaac Armijo each finished the game with more than 150 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns combined as Anna defeated Community, 45-29, in the District 12-3A opener on Friday night.
The Coyotes (2-5, 1-0) also forced five turnovers en route to their 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, but Anna took advantage of a short field and Chapman was able to respond with a 12-yard TD scamper.
Community (2-5, 0-1) fumbled on the ensuing possession and Chapman scored on the following play with a sweep to the right that went for 58 yards to give Anna the lead for good.
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. He finished with 150 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
Community scored with just over three minutes to go in the half and again the Coyote responded with a drive that was capped off with a Chapman pass to John Erwin for 24 yards to put Anna up 24-16 at halftime.
Chapman finished with 179 yards and two touchdowns in addition to his two TD passes.
"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 and they never looked back from there.
Armijo scored twice in the final 12 minutes sandwiched around the third and final touchdown run by Community’s Casey Vice.
Anna will look to make it two in a row when it travels to Bonham. A win would clinch a spot in the playoffs for the Coyotes.
With four teams from each district making the postseason this season and just five teams in District 12-3A, starting with a win goes along way to ensuring one of those playoff spots.
"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."