Coyotes move on: Reed City eliminates Montague

RC to host Muskegon Catholic Central for district title next Friday

REED CITY – One more playoff win in the books for the Reed City Coyotes.

Reed City (9-1) fired out a 24-0 halftime lead and defeated Montague (3-7) 44-5 on Friday in a Division 6 district semifinal game.

Reed City will be home and play visiting Muskegon Catholic Central (8-2) for the district title on Friday.

The Coyotes avenged a 35-22 loss to Montague in the district finals a year ago.

“We’re happy to get another win and get another week under our belts,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “We look forward to another week of preparing. It’s a great program there. It has a storied history.”

It was 8-0 after the first quarter. Reed City fumbled on its first drive but came back to score at 2:56 of the first on Bryson Hughes’2-yard run. Noah Morgan ran for the two points.

Morgan had a 1-yard TD run and John Ondrus went in for two for a 16-0 lead with 7:32 left in the second. Montague drove deep into Reed City territory but was stopped on downs. Reed City scored with 21 seconds left on Ondrus’ 2-yard run. Xavier Allen ran for the two points.

Montague showed in the second half it was determined to win the game with two touchdown drives. Adam Baird had a 1-yard TD run and the Wildcats got the extra points to make it 24-8. Reed City scored on Hughes’ 13-yard run for a 30-8 lead later in the third. But Baird scored again from a yard out late in the third OT to make it 30-15.

“I thought we did really well,” Ondrus said. “The first half was exceptional. We started to wear them down in the second half and got a couple of picks.”

Reed City scored twice in the fourth on scoring runs of 25 yards by Hughes and 4 yards by Allen. The Coyotes held the Wildcat offense thanks to interceptions by Spencer Hansen and Seth Jackson.

“We told our kids Montague may be 3-6 but it doesn’t matter,” Shankel said. “They’re going to come in here and be prepared. I think our offensive line started taking control. We’ve done it up front all year long. Winning the line of scrimmage has been our motto. That’s what we have to continue to do.”

Reed City had 67 carries for 464 yards on the ground. Hughes had 27 carries for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Ondrus had 21 carries for 185 yards and one touchdown. Morgan had 15 carries for 67 yards and a TD. Allen passed for 12 yards on one completion.

“Our running backs run hard,” Shankel said. “It’s one of the most unselfish teams I’ve had. They don’t care who’s getting the ball and they don’t care who’s getting in the end zone; They just want results.”

Defensively, Jackson had six tackles, two pass breakups and one interception. Logan Langworthy had six tackles including one for a loss.

Senior offensive guard Hunter McConnell-Kamiski was making his first varsity Coyote start due to an injury.

“A couple of guys stepped up,” McConnell-Kaminski said. “They held us a little bit and our defense needed to do a litle bit of work.”