Coyotes cap 9-0 regular season

REED CITY — 9-0 and outright Central State Activities Association champions.

The Reed City Coyotes like the sound of that.

The Coyotes finished as outright CSAA kings at 8-0 with a 54-8 win at Lakeview on Friday in the regular-season football finale. It’s the first perfect regular season since 1966 when the Coyotes were 8-0. It’s the first time RC has been 9-0 during the regular season.

“That means a lot to the kids and the community,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “It doesn’t happen often. It’s a nice season.”

Reed City players were asked what they would have said to anyone in preseason that would have predicted a 9-0 record for the Coyotes.

“I would have told them it was possible,” said Aaron French, a left offensive tackle. “It was all hard work and dedication.”

While victories over playoff teams like Manistee, Morley Stanwood and Chippewa Hills were significant, French indicated all games were critical in his team’s success.

“It means a lot,” French said of the 9-0 season, adding that the win over Lakeview was a strong effort for his team. “We played to our full potential.”

Against Lakeview, Reed City raced out to a 22-0 lead after the first quarter and a 30-8 advantage at halftime. On the ground, the Coyotes gained 507 yards with Nate Kailing picking up 133 yards on nine carries and Trent Sims adding four carries for 67 yards and one TD. He also caught a pass for a touchdown.

Mike Barton was 3-of-3 in passing for 63 yards and Chad Samuels completing one pass for 50 yards.

Defensively, Dakota Gogolowski had seven tackles while Jake Vincent and Jordon Rolston had six tackles apiece.

The Coyote backfield had another strong performance

“I’ve been real happy,” said Sean Woodside, a junior first-year starting cornerback. “I came in and they taught me what I needed to know.”

Woodside didn’t have any interceptions.

“I could have had one but I dropped it,” he smiled.

Against Lakeview, “I think we did all right. It was maybe not the best game we’ve had,” Woodside said. “We put a lot of points on the board.”

Woodside also was asked if he thought, during preseason, going 9-0 was possible.

“I thought we had a good team,” he said. “It was hard work and determination.”

While defeating two-time champion Morley Stanwood was a huge win, the season-opening victory over Big Rapids set the tone, Woodside indicated.