Coyotes celebrate another win over Big Rapids

REED CITY — Another sweet win for Reed City over arch-rival Big Rapids is in the books, but now coach Monty Price & Co. will take aim at the rest of the regular-season schedule.

The Coyotes are coming off a 32-18 season-opening win over the Cardinals on Friday. They play Thursday at Hesperia.

Two Coyote linemen found the win especially satisfying.

Dakota Gogolowski is a senior offensive guard and defensive tackle in his third varsity season.

“After watching film coach said the defensive line was getting off the ball and everyone was doing well,” he said. “Offense played well. No one was arguing about anything. We were all doing our assignments very well.”

Gogolowski is anticipating for this to be his best season.

“I’m looking for the ball on defense and I’m stronger than I have been,” he said.

“We had good blocking and our running backs had good vision too,” said Matt Crysler, a junior, who starts at left guard. “I think we did pretty good. We could have done better staying on our blocks.”

Crysler is in his first varsity season.

“I thought I did pretty good but I could do better, staying on my blocking,” he said. “Offense and defense, we could get better at working (together) more.’

“We’re concentrating one game at a time,” Goglowski said. “I’m confident we can make a good run this season. We have a bunch of returning guys. We all know each other very well. We’re capable of a lot.”

“I was very happy with the resiliency of our kids,” said Price. “They put forth a tremendous effort. We had not had a particularly good week of practice. So I was pleased with the way they came out and attacked from the opening kickoff and never quit working hard. It paid dividends for us.”

During practice, “it’s a tough thing in itself,” Price said. “Nobody likes to practice. But it is a part of the success equation. What we look for in practice is a solid effort and a lot of focus. Intensity, and quite frankly positive execution. We hadn’t had that in the last week and a half. We seemed to be a little lethargic.

“But they are teenagers and what can you say? They responded well. We’re pleased with that.”

On Friday, the Coyotes fired out to a 24-6 halftime lead over Big Rapids in a game delayed twice by lightning flashes. Trent Sims scored from 26 yards out on the game’s opening drive for a 6-0 lead. Big Rapids tied it but the Coyotes responded with 18 unanswered points. Sims had a nine-yard run and also converted for the two points to give his team a 14-6 lead after the second quarter.

A bad snap on a punt gave Reed City a safety and 16-6 lead. Garrett Benson’s one-run run and Chad Samuel’s two-point conversion made it 24-6, Reed City.

Big Rapids narrowed it to 24-12 after the third quarter. But the Coyotes added an 8-yard run by Sims for six points and a scamper by Samuels for two to take a 32-12 lead and clinch the win.

Sims gained 153 yards on 17 carries while Benson had 55 yards on 13 scampers and Nate Kailing 53 yards on 11 tries.

Reed City plays at Hesperia on Thursday.

“I’m always impressed with the toughness of the Hesperia kids,” Price said. “Their wrestling program is one of the best in the state. Many of those kids play football. They do have a toughness about them and they play with a lot of heart. I think they’re starting to turn the corner. They got a league win over Lakeview last year and they started out this season with a league win over Holton. They’re hungry for wins so we’ll have to play a solid game of football.

“The transition from week one to week two is a key. You need to get a little more polished. We continue to work on our execution and effort. If we do that we’ll be OK.”