WYLIE — In a game where there were more penalty yards than passing yards, Anna let a halftime lead slip away during a three-minute stretch in the third quarter during a 32-14 loss against Wilmer-Hutchins in a Class 3A Division I Region II bi-district game on Friday night.

WYLIE — In a game where there were more penalty yards than passing yards, Anna let a halftime lead slip away during a three-minute stretch in the third quarter during a 32-14 loss against Wilmer-Hutchins in a Class 3A Division I Region II bi-district game on Friday night.


After leading 14-6 after two quarters, Anna (3-8) lost two fumbles that were turned into easy scores plus a 62-yard punt return completely flipped momentum as Wilmer-Hutchins (5-5) scored 26 points in the third quarter.


"All night we kinda shot ourselves in the foot with penalties and turning the ball over," Anna head coach Jason Heath said. "You can’t lay the ball down as many times as we did and expect to win the game. Obviously the punt return was big — it gave them a lot of momentum — but we have to learn to overcome that."


Early in the game it was the Coyotes that were able to take advantage of their opponents mistakes. On Wilmer-Hutchins’ first possession Anna forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the Eagles’ 24-yard line.


Isaac Armijo scored a few plays later with a three-yard run up the gut to get the Coyotes on the board. Anna’s Korey Sanchez intercepted a pass on the ensuing drive but the offense was unable to turn it into points and Wilmer-Hutchins took over at the 18-yard line.


Anna had a chance to shut that drive down but the Eagles converted a fourth-and-six to keep the drive alive and scored when DeaUndre Foster scampered in from seven yards out.


Foster accounted for 170 of the team’s 346 rushing yards. Armijo led Anna with 175 yards on the ground.


Later in the second, the Coyotes again took advantage of a short field when a punt gave them the ball at the Eagle 30-yard line and is was again Armijo who punched it in for Anna to put them up 14-6 at the end of the first half.


The Eagles marched down the field to start the second half, putting together an 82-yard drive that culminated with a 26-yard touchdown run by Foster. A dropped pass forced a punt by Anna on its ensuing drive and Wilmer-Hutchins made them pay with a 62-yard punt return by De’Monte Ruth to give the Eagles their first lead of the game.


Armijo fumbled the ball on the next Coyote drive and Wilmer-Hutchins scored a few plays later on a 39-yard run by Foster. On the ensuing Coyotes drive, another fumble gave the ball back to the Eagles and they turned that opportunity into points.


Wilmer-Hutchins was able to control the pace of the game from there and used the 26-point third quarter to advance to the area round for a match-up against Decatur.


"Making the playoffs, that was a big goal for us but we’re not going to be satisfied," Heath said. "We’re not going to be a team that’s thinking about rebuilding, we are going to reload and go to work. We’ll move to off-season, go to work and find a way to eliminate those little mistakes that cost us all season."