Coyotes capture CSAA title

Reed City wins third straight league title in 48-14 win over Central Montcalm

REED CITY – Reed City entered Friday’s Central State Activities Association gridiron showdown with Central Montcalm looking for at least a share of the league title with a win. The host Coyotes used a solid running game against the Hornets and came away with a 48-14 homecoming triumph. The win marked the third consecutive CSAA championship for Reed City. “Hats off to our kids. They played hard and work hard and they have a great mentality and great attitude,” Reed City head coach Monty Price said. “They are champions in every way. I am really proud of them. It feels great to get the league title.” Reed City scored on its second play of the game when Jonathan Green rumbled 15 yards to paydirt. The Coyotes missed the point after touchdown for a 6-0 lead with 11:27 left in the opening stanza. Central Montcalm drove the ball down to the Reed City three yard line on its first possession with 4:35 remaining. But the Coyote defense stiffened and stopped the Hornets on a fourth and one attempt. The home team then capped off a 97-yard drive when Andre Jones scampered 23 yards into the end zone as the opening quarter ended. The 2-point conversion attempt failed and Reed City had a 12-0 advantage. The Coyotes stretched their lead to 20-0 when Green bolted 77 yards to the end zone with 9:49 left in the first half. Moments later, Josh Saez intercepted a Keegan James pass and returned the ball 58 yards for a touchdown. After the 2-point conversion the Coyotes had a commanding 28-0 lead. Jones added a score with a 13 yard run with 1:24 remaining. Adam Kehr recovered a fumble for the Coyotes two plays later. Reed City capitalized and with 17.8 seconds left quarterback Chad Samuels hit Collin Hatfield for a 30 yard scoring strike giving the home team a 42-0 halftime lead. Green scored again in the third quarter on a 53 yard run with 5:39 left to cap off the scoring for Reed City and a 48-0 bulge. “We were fortunate to get out and execute early,” Price said. “It looks easy when you have great kids. I am thrilled the way we came out.” Green paced the Coyote offense with 187 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns. Jones added 68 yards on six carries and a score. Samuels was 4-of-7 passing for 125 yards and touchdown for the winners. Eric Grannis paced the Coyote defense with 12 tackles. Central Montcalm scored with 7:09 left in the game when James recovered his own fumble in the end zone. The 2-point conversion was good and Reed City’s lead was 48-8. James scored again with 57.8 seconds left to set the final score. “That is a great football team (Reed City),” said Central Montcalm head coach Marty James. “We didn’t have an answer for their physical play or their speed. They came out scored in two plays and that set the tone. They are just a good football team.” Keegan James led the Green Hornets on the ground with 145 yards on 21 carries. Reed City improved to 8-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference. The Coyotes will travel to White Cloud next week for the regular season finale.