Coyotes host Kelloggsville on Friday
REED CITY — Reed City will have the home field advantage for the Division 5 playoffs on Friday as the 9-0 Coyotes play 6-3 Wyoming Kelloggsville.
The game is 7 p.m. Friday in a predistrict round. The winner will play the survivor of the 6-3 Manistee at 7-2 Grand Rapids West Catholic game in the district finals Nov. 5-6. The Coyotes have enough playoff points to be the home team throughout the first three rounds of the playoffs.
“They’re very athletic,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “We’ll have to play well. They have a couple of players that can run. They do a good job of running the football.”
In a 48-0 win over Wyoming Lee on Friday, Kelloggsville netted 409 yards rushing on 45 carries with three running backs gaining more than 100 yards. Barrion Deanes had 157 yards on 14 carries followed by DeMari Brown with 136 yards.
French said on Monday that the Coyotes still had plenty to learn about their first-round playoff opponents.
A year ago, the Coyotes played their opening round playoff game at Menominee in the Upper Peninsula. Price and his players hope to make the most of home field advantage.
“I think it makes a big difference to play in front of a crowd and the environment,” Price said. “It gives you an advantage and an opportunity.”
“Being at home probably gives us an advantage because no one likes losing at home,” French said.
The Coyotes are hoping to keep their winning momentum rolling into the playoffs.
“With any team, if we execute, we have the opportunity to win,” Price said.
“We have to work hard and stay dedicated,” French said.
Sean Woodside, a cornerback for the Coyotes, noted the RC defense would basically be facing a run team.
Being at home “ we’ll have a huge crowd, especially with our student section,” Woodside said.