Anna wrapped up its season on Friday with a 42-20 win at Sanger. The Coyotes finish 5-5 overall with a 2-4 mark in District 7-4A(I), just out of the playoffs. Sanger’s season ends with a 1-9 record, 0-6 in district play.
Anna jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and led, 29-6, by halftime.
Sharing time at quarterback with Jaden Adams, the Coyotes’ Zachareus Gentry completed 5-of-7 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including an 87-yard scoring strike to Dorien Allen. Allen led Anna receivers with four catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns. Abner Dubar rushed for a team-high 109 yards and two TDs on 10 carries.
The Coyotes’ defense nabbed five turnovers, including four interceptions – two by Gentry, two by Micaiah Ross - and a fumble recovery by linebacker Jacob Odom. On the first play of second half, Ross picked off a Sanger pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Ross totaled 90 yards in interception-return yardage.
Linebacker Josh Packard led Anna defenders with 10 solo tackles and four assists. In the secondary, Allen had seven solo stops with three assists, Ross posted six solos with two assists and Gentry collected three solos and one assist.
“I liked that we got off to a good early start, offensively,” Anna head coach Jason Heath said by phone on Saturday. “We kind of set the tone early. … It was good to come out of there with a win in the final game. Our kids had a great week of preparing and locking in. … We had several kids that weren’t able to play because of injuries or what-not, so we had a lot of kids that stepped in and got a considerable amount of playing time.
“Obviously, the playoffs are where we want to be. It’s always a disappointment. It doesn’t matter – our district or what – we’ve got to go play each and every week. We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to work on in the off-season. I feel good about the group that we have coming back. Who knows what the UIL will have in store for us, as far as realignment goes. We’ll see.”