Coyotes’ pass defense to be tested again on Friday

REED CITY — Reed City’s football team will be eager to bounce back this week after a 14-6 loss last Friday to Newaygo that snapped the Coyotes’ 31-game regular-season winning streak.

But Grandvile Calvin Christian, Friday’s nonleague opponent, will present some unique challenges for Reed City.

“They like to throw the football,” Coyote coach Monty Price said. “They have a very solid program and have been to the playoffs the last couple of years and played for a district championship last year, losing to Shelby. They like to run the spread and throw the football.”

There are some similarities to Baldwin, the Coyotes’ first-week opponents.

“They have a very good quarterback with a great arm, although not quite the dual threat of Brandon Childress, but still very capable of running,” Price said. “They have a good core of receivers too. They prefer to pass.”

The past two weeks, the Coyotes focus was on run defense.

“We’ll have to be sharp and be disciplined in our pass coverages and try to take it away,” Price said.

The Coyotes sustained a disappointing loss last weekend.

“We had a film session (Sunday) and put it in the past,” Price said. “I think this is going to be a huge challenge for our kids to see how well they responded and bounce back. We haven’t been in this situation the last three years. All our losses have been at the end of the year.

“We’ll see how our kids respond. I have the utmost confidence they’ll respond like champions and get back to business.”

Price indicated that despite some nagging injuries, his team will be at full strength on Friday.

“But we’ll have to heal up pretty fast,” he said.