ANNA — Keelan Crosby and Aaron Lee each rushed for two touchdowns to boost Anna to a 35-28 non-district victory over the Bonham Warriors on Friday.
Anna (3-1) led by 14 with less than two minutes left when Warriors quarterback Tyler Rodriguez connected with Jarrell Stewart for a 42-yard touchdown pass. But the ensuing line-drive onside kick was secured by the Coyotes’ Bubba Jones to secure the victory. Anna picked up a first down and ran out the clock as the Warriors burned three timeouts.
“Bubba is like a human vacuum cleaner when it comes to onside kicks,” Anna head coach Jason Heath said. “We teach them to get out of the way of a line drive and he sucks it up somehow and covers it up.”
Bonham (1-3) led, 21-20, late in the third quarter after Rodriguez juked his way up the middle for a 14-yard touchdown. After a two-point-conversion run failed, Lee returned the kickoff to near midfield and five plays later he zig-zagged 22 yards for an Anna touchdown.
On the two-point try Crosby rolled right and, with a Warrior defender draped across him, knuckle-balled a throw to Noah Palshaw in the right-front corner of the end zone and the Coyotes led, 28-21.
Bonham muffed the ensuing kickoff and Anna’s King Oke pounced on the ball at the Warriors’ 35. Five plays later, Lee scampered into the end zone again, this time from four yards out.
Crosby rushed for a game-high 153 yards on 16 carries and Abner Dubar added 114 yards on 16 carries for Anna.
Rodriguez threw for 99 yards for Bonham as the Warriors’ ground game was limited to 95 yards.
“I think coaches, when it’s Homecoming week, we get worried,” Heath said. “There are just a lot of things going on, a lot of distractions. We wanted to come out and perform well. Offensively, we were able to do some good things. Defensively, we had some break downs here and there.”
Anna scored on its first possession, a 58-yard drive capped by Fernando Rodriguez’ 4-yard run.
Bonham answered with a 59-yard march, finished by Rodriguez’s 9-yard pass to Trevor Hartwell. The Coyotes’ next possession stalled and a high snap over the punter’s head was covered at the Anna 15-yard-line. Bonham scored on a fake field goal try four plays later, an 11-yard toss from Hartwell to Azyon Dunlap. Rodriguez ran in the two-point conversion and the Warriors led, 15-7.
Anna then drove 79 yards in seven plays with Crosby’s 32-yard touchdown dash providing the capper. The Coyotes’ next score was set up by an Emmonte Davis interception returned 40 yards to the Bonham 21. Anna soon cashed in on Crosby’s 1-yard run and led, 20-15, at halftime.
“We beat ourselves, taking nothing away from Anna,” Bonham head coach Tony Johnson said. “They’re a good football team. We knew we had to stop No. 2 [Crosby] and we didn’t do it. That was the difference in the game. We made a couple of key mistakes … and had too many missed opportunities.”