ANNA — The Anna Coyotes have a talented running combination in quarterback Keelan Crosby and running back Daunte Rose, and that duo led the way in a 34-12 win at Coyote Stadium on Sept. 9.
Rose carried the ball 26 times for 202 yards and Crosby added 97 more as the Coyotes ended a three-game win streak by the Panthers.
“With their size we wanted to get a lot of guys to the ball tonight and we didn't get it done,” Van Alstyne Head Coach Mikeal Miller said after the game.
An outsized defense and failure to wrap up the ball carrier allowed 388 yards rushing by the hosts, while the Panther offense could not get any momentum built up.
Anna used up most of the first quarter clock in its opening drive, going 72 yards in 13 plays to take a 7-0 lead.
A 15-yard penalty set the Panthers back to start their first possession, and after a couple of chain-moving runs by Levi Jones the drive stalled at the Anna 42-yard line. Jones finished with 125 hard-earned yards on 19 carries.
The Coyotes picked off a Gage Proctor pass early in the second period, and a 25-yard scoring run by Crosby bumped the lead to 14.
Van Alstyne had another turnover on its next possession, but the Coyotes could not move the ball and were forced to punt.
A penalty on the kick by Anna moved the ball to the Coyote 19 yard line, and a Proctor to De'Angelo Alexander pass covered that distance to get the visitors on the board.
Anna answered with a 75-yard drive, aided by a pair of Van Alstyne penalties, and the Coyotes scored to bump their lead to 21-6.
Jones had three runs for 36 yards on the Panthers next trip, and a Proctor to Rhett Gallagher pass added 13 to give Van Alstyne a first down at the Anna 16-yard line.
With time running down, three straight passes failed to connect and the bands came on with Anna on top, 21-6
Van Alstyne came out hot in the second half, taking the kickoff and putting together a 40-yard drive to make it a 21-12 game.
Jones had a 36-yard kickoff return to give the Panthers a short field.
Scott Taylor picked up 16 yards on two carries to get to the Anna 24 and a 17-yard run by Jones finished at the five.
On second down, Jones busted in from two yards out to cut the Coyote lead to nine.
The Van Alstyne defense stopped the Coyotes near midfield on their next possession.
A penalty on the Panthers set them back 15 yards, but a Proctor to Ty Cosper pass reclaimed that yardage. At the Anna 27, the drive stalled, a moment that may have been the turning point of the game.
Anna came on to score and build its lead back to a three-possession game and they controlled the ball for most of the remainder of the contest.
“We have to tackle better, we have to have more discipline and avoid penalties like we had tonight,” Miller said.
It all will start on homecoming night at Panther Stadium as Community pays a visit Friday night.
First downs 13 27
Rushes-yards 25-146 54-388
Passing yards 72 80
C-A-I 5-15-1 7-13-0
Punts-average 2-34 2-24
Penalties-yards 9-91.5 9-80
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Rushing—Van Alstyne: Levi Jones 19-125,Scott Taylor 2-16, Gage Proctor 4-5; ANNA: Duante Rose 26-202, Keelan Crosby 10-97, Aaron Lee 9-54, Lawrence Goade 5-21, Josh Abara 4-14.
Passing—Van Alstyne: Proctor 4-15-1 72; Anna: Crosby 6-8-0 74, Goade 1-5-0 6.
Receiving—Van Alstyne De'Angelo Alexander 1-19, Grayson Leinart 1-18, Ty Cosper 1-15,Rhett Gallagher 1-13, Michael Hensley 1-7; Anna: Abara 1-20, Donald Maloid 2-20, Steven Lee 2-19, Calvin Mosely 1-11, Emmonte Davis 1-10.
Sub-varsity Notes: The Van Alstyne JV Blue team took charge early and dominated the visitors in a 40-0 win over Anna at Panther Stadium on Sept. 8. George Hall took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and the Panthers never looked back as they bumped their 2016 record to 2-1.Hall finished with two touchdowns in the game, his second coming on a 45-yard run. Jake Carroll had three touchdowns, all on runs, and Austin Moore booted four extra-point kicks and added a touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Zach Smith.