Anna rolled past winless North Lamar, 28-11, on Friday at Coyote Stadium in the district-opener for both teams. Anna’s Abner Dubar led all rushers with 107 yards on six carries. His 88-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Coyotes a 21-3 lead. Earlier in that stanza, Noah Palshaw’s 13-yard catch-and-run around right end put Anna up, 14-3.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Favian Morales’ 57-yard field goal. Anna (4-1, 1-0) responded in the second frame on a Micaiah Ross 9-yard touchdown run - his first of two TDs on the night - and the Coyotes took that 7-3 edge into halftime.
Jaden Adams and Josh Packard shared quarterback duties for Anna. Packard came on in the second quarter and completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed seven times for 39 yards. Darren Woods led Coyote receivers with three catches for 29 yards.
Defensively, Dubar led the Coyotes with seven solo tackles while Za Gentry collected four solo stops, one assist and one interception. Dre Moon and Ross posted three solo tackles each and Ross was in on two assists. Josue Hernandez had two solos with four assists and one quarterback pressure.
“In the first half, it took a while for us to adjust to their offense,” head coach Jason Heath said by phone on Saturday. “The Slot-T is not something you see week-in, week-out. I thought our defense did a good job of adjusting and not giving up the big play.”
The Slot T features a packed-in formation with plenty of crossing backs and misdirection.
“I thought our secondary played extremely well,” Heath said, “because they’re not a team that throws the ball very much. Those guys are expected to come down and play the run for 90 percent of the game. But when it’s pass, they can’t be staring in the backfield and have the receivers run past them. … It was a very good job out of those four back there – Za and Abner and Dre and Micaiah. They basically become outside linebackers when you play a team like this, then they’re also expected to play like secondary guys too.
“What we’ve got to continue to get better at is just our overall execution, controlling what we can do. When we do what we’re capable of doing, we’re pretty successful.”
Anna travels to face Paris (3-2, 0-1) on Friday.
“They are a very athletic team, a very fast team, a very well-coached team,”
Heath said. “They had that No. 5 ranking until last night. We know they had that for a really good reason. They’ve played some really good teams and their losses have come against really good teams - Pleasant Grove and now Melissa. I know they’re going to be fired up and ready to try to get a first win in district. … We’ve got our work cut out for us, that’s for sure.”
N. Lamar 3 0 0 8 - 11
Anna 0 7 14 7 - 28
NL – Favian Morales 57 FG
A – Micaiah Ross 8 run (Justin Amon kick)
A – Noah Palshaw 13 run (Justin Amon kick)
A – Abner Dubar 88 run (Justin Amon kick)
NL – Seth Parker 37 pass from Kobey Emeyabbi (Emeyabbi run)
A – Micaiah Ross 1 run (Justin Amon kick)