ANNA — Donovan Williams rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns — including an 84-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter — to boost the Paris Wildcats past Anna, 25-0, on Friday in District 7-4A (I) play at Coyote Stadium.
With a win next Friday versus North Lamar, Paris (6-3, 3-1) will clinch at least a share of the district title. Despite the loss Anna (6-3, 2-2) still clinched a playoff spot and will face Princeton to decide playoff seeding.
Paris held the Coyotes to a single first down in the first half while building a 12-0 lead. The Wildcats’ first points came on Anna’s opening possession when a Coyote punt snap sailed out of the end zone for a safety. Rino Moore followed with a 33-yard field goal when Paris got the ball back. In the second quarter, Anna fumbled near midfield leading to Williams’ first touchdown, a 3-yard dive up the middle.
First-half damage for the Coyotes might have been worse save for Anna’s stiff run defense and Emmonte Davis’ interception at the own goal line just before the break.
“In the first half, defensively, we did a pretty good job stopping the run,” Coyotes head coach Jason Heath said. “They had great field position starting off. We can’t put ourselves in those situations, whether it’s kickoff returns, penalties — uncharacteristic things we haven’t been doing lately. We’ve got to overcome that. … And we were playing a good team. They’re one of the best teams in the state, defensively. They did a heck of a job.
“We’ve got to respond to this. We can’t start pointing fingers. We start with ourselves. As coaches, we’ll start evaluating things that we did. And we want players to be honest with themselves about their own performance. It starts tomorrow morning.”
Paris held the Coyotes to 83 yards rushing and 119 total. Abner Dubar led Anna with 36 yards on nine carries.
The Coyotes had early third-quarter chances to get back in the game. Davis went high to haul in a 36-yard pass from Keelan Crosby on Anna’s first second-half possession, but the drive stalled at the Paris 31. The Wildcats fumbled two plays later and Antonio Moon recovered for Anna at the Paris 15 — but that opportunity ended on a fourth-and-10 incompletion.
That’s when Williams struck for his long-distance touchdown, darting around the left side then hugging the sideline, untouched, to the end zone. The Coyotes mishandled the ensuing kickoff giving Paris the ball deep in Anna territory. From there, quarterback Kobe Savage capped the night’s scoring with a 21-yard touchdown toss to Wesley Gage with five minutes left to play.