Celina (6-3, 4-1) clinched a District 7-4A(I) playoff berth on Friday with a 49-20 win over Anna at Celina’s new Bobcat Field. Celina’s Logan Point rushed for a game-high 135 yards and two touchdowns while Bobcats quarterback Hunter Watson threw two TD passes, completing 9-of-13 attempts for 150 yards. The Coyotes (4-4, 1-3) trailed, 35-0, at halftime.
Anna quarterback Jaden Adams completed eight passes for 87 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown strike to Abner Dubar, and also rushed for a TD. Noah Palshaw led Coyote receivers with two catches for 45 yards and Dubar also rushed for a team-high 64 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.
Defensively, outside linebacker Jacob Odom led the Coyotes with eight solo tackles, three assists, two sacks and one fumble recovery. Inside linebacker John Mark Box chipped in six solo stops and one assist, and outside linebacker Josh Packard added three solos, five assists and a fumble recovery. Defensive back Dorien Allen had four tackles and he forced and recovered a fumble. Up front, Rasheed Readus logged two solos stops and two assists.
“I thought throughout the night our defense played pretty well,” Anna head coach Jason Heath said by phone Saturday. “I think we ended up the night with five turnovers, defensively. We had a blocked field goal and three stops on fourth down. … Obviously, we had some mistakes here and there. You’re playing against a good team, you can’t do that.
“Offensively, in the first half we weren’t able to move the ball and we kind of put our defense in a bind several times. We had a blocked punt then we had a punt go over our punters head. That created a short field for their offense.
“In the second half, our kids came out and still competed and fought hard and, offensively, got going. We’ve just got to start doing that earlier and not put ourselves in binds against good teams.”
Anna hosts No. 1-ranked Argyle (8-0, 4-0) on Friday then closes out the regular season at Sanger (1-7, 0-4) on Nov. 8.