Coyotes ready for stiff challenge in district finals against Muskegon Oakridge

REED CITY   — Monty Price likes the fact that the Division 5 championship game Friday night will be on his home field.

He’s obviously hoping that the 10-0 Coyotes can use the home advantage in a tough challenge against the 9-1 Muskegon Oakridge Eagles.

The Coyotes are hopeful of the school’s first district title in football but realize it’s not going to be easy against Oakridge.

The winner will face either Millington, 8-2, or Frankenmuth, 9-1, in the regional title game Nov. 14 or 15.

“We think it’s very important and we’re pretty pleased we get to play this game at home,” Price said. “We’re once again hoping our homefield advantage and community support will help give us a little edge.”

Price, by Sunday night, already had a scouting report on Oakridge.

“They’re pretty darn good,” he said. “They do a lot of things well. They have a lot of great athletes. They have a great tradition. They’re the real deal.”

Oakridge will throw a balanced offensive attack at Reed City.

“They run some spread stuff,” Price said. “They’ll also reduce it down to the straight T. They’re pretty good at

everything.”

The Coyotes have had some tough squads on their schedule including the team Oakridge beat in the district semifinals, Newaygo. But Oakridge might be appropriately considered the best opponent Reed City has faced so far.

“There’s no reason for me not to believe that,” Price said.”They’re ranked No.3 in the state. They’ve lost one game to a highly-ranked Shelby team. They’re solid.”

The Oakridge game against Newaygo was a battle, Price indicated.

“It was a one-score game with six minutes to go and then Oakridge opened it up,” Price said. “It was evenly matched, I thought. We beat Newaygo and competed hard with them. We feel we have every opportunity to win the game as Oakridge has.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty good game. I think we match up very well. it will be a matter of execution and who can make the plays when they need to.”

At practice this week, ‘‘we’ll try to get better at what we do and try to give them a good look and simulate what they do so our kids can get a feel for it and put in a game plan so we can hopefully stop it,” Price said.

Health-wise, Price indicated the Coyotes are in good shape.