Coyotes explode past Chippewa Hills for sixth win

REMUS — Larry Jose was asked what was most impressive about the Reed City Coyote football team and the Chippewa Hills coach was quick to answer.

“There’s a lot of impressive things about Reed City,” he said. “I guess, just their discipline of how they play. They have very good athletes, don’t get me wrong. But they play so well. They’re so well coached. Everything about their game is discipline. That’s what’s so impressive.”

The big plays went mainly Reed City’s way Friday night and the Coyotes are two-third’s of the way to their third straight undefeated regular season and another Central State Activities Association (CSAA) title.

Chad Samuels ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Jon Green scampered for two rushing scores to power the Coyotes to a 42-7 victory over Chippewa Hills.

Reed City totaled 398 yards on the ground and fired out to a 34-7 halftime lead to take control of the game. The contest was delayed by 25 minutes at the start because of storms, and players endured a heavy downpour for about 10 minutes in the second quarter.

But for the sixth straight time this season, nothing could stop the Coyotes from staying undefeated. They’re 6-0 overall and in the league. Reed City also automatically qualifies for a playoff spot with its sixth win.

“It’s a big rivalry game and to be honest we were a little concerned about Chippewa Hills’ size and their physicality on both sides of the line of scrimmage,” said Reed City coach Monty Price.  “I thought our kids came out and once again were resilient and played their tails off and found a way to pound the turf and got a big W.”

On the game’s first drive, Collin Hatfield on fourth down scampered 39 yards to the 16. That set up a 13-yard scoring run by Samuels on the quarterback keeper and a 6-0 lead. A bad snap on the punt against Chippewa Hills gave Reed City the ball at the Warrior 17 and set up a 4-yard scoring run by Andre Jones for a 14-0 advantage.

Reed City gained two more scores in the second quarter on a 56-yard run by Green and 69-yard keeper by Samuels for a 28-0 margin.

The Warriors recovered a fumble later in the half in Coyote territory and took advantage on an 11-yard scoring run by Quentin Gossett.

But Green countered on a 57-yard run with less than a minute to go in the half and the Coyotes were up 34-7 at the intermission.

“We needed to get first downs,” said Jose. “We needed to keep the ball in our hands in the first half and keep their offense off the field. We knew how powerful their offense was. We needed to stay on the field and we didn’t do that. We had four drives in a row where we had a huge penalty in the first half. It’s hard to recover from that.”

Price admitted he was pleasantly surprised to have a 27-point halftime lead over a strong team like Chippewa Hills.

“I do think our conference, the CSAA, plays some pretty good football, so you never think coming into any game you’re going to have much success,” Price said. “But these kids have worked real hard and are starting to jell offensively. We’re making the plays defensively. We put ourselves in that position. Surprised, yes, but am I happy about it? Of course.”

Samuels had a 30-yard pass to Jones in the third quarter for the only scoring in the second half.

Green rushed for 125 yards while Samuels had 82 and Jones followed with 73. Samuels had two completions for 34 yards.

“It seems like this year has been a season of big plays for us,” Price said. “I have to give all the credit to our offensive line. They’re opening up all the holes. We have a lot of speed in our backfield. Anyone of them can take it the distance at any time. If we get a little itty bitty crease, they’re doing the rest. Our offensive line play has been amazing and our backs are finding a way to get to the end zone. We’ve been a big play offense. That’s kind of been our thing this year. I can’t explain it but I’m very happy with it.”

The Warriors had 91 net yards rushing and 86 yards passing. Gossett gained 73 yards rushing while Hunter Conley passed for 81 yards.

Next Friday, Reed City plays at Hesperia.

“There’s no down week in the CSAA in my opinion,” Price said. “Hesperia was 4-1 coming into tonight. They’re a very physical ballclub and they have a lot of good athletes that have been on the varsity for three years. It will be another big test for us.”