Coyotes stay perfect
Reed City clinches share of CSAA title with homecoming win
REED CITY — Reed City is 8-0 and has clinched a tie for the Central State Activities Association football title.
But coach Monty Price wants to make it clear that in this case, the Coyotes aren't in the sharing mood.
A 64-0 victory over White Cloud for homecoming Friday night improved the Coyotes to 7-0 in the CSAA. They end the regular season next week at Lakeview against the 3-5 Wildcats who blanked Big Rapids 6-0 Friday night.
“It feels really good,” said senior running back Trent Sims, who was also crowned homecoming king at halftime. “I'm really confident in my team.”
“Reed City hasn't done this in a very long time,” lineman Brandon Toman said of his team's 8-0 start. “It feels great. The coaches have motivated us and every day we're pushing everyone in practice. This summer, we worked hard.”
Reed City can also seal its first undefeated regular season since the late 1960s with a win next week.
“It's been our hard work and dedication,” said lineman Aaron French. “We just need to play together.”
“8-0 has been accomplished one other time in school history, to my knowledge, back in 1966,” Price said. “We've put ourselves in an elite class in regards to Reed City football. Our kids are pretty proud of that.”
White Cloud, which has not won yet this season and brought 13 players to Reed City, was no match for the Coyotes who scored four touchdowns and led 28-0 after the first quarter and added 23 points in the second. They scored 13 more points in the third. It was a running clock the entire second half.
“For the conference championship, I don't want to discuss ties,” Price smiled. “We want it outright. We want it here in Reed City. We don't want the CSAA having to buy another trophy. We want to take care of business.”
A balanced rushing attack featured Sims with 115 yards on six carries and two touchdowns, Nate Kailing with 93 yards on 10 tries and two scores and Garrett Benson with five attempts for 77 yards. Michael Bradford added 68 yards on three tries and a TD, and Jordon Rolston gained 32 yards on five tries and one TD.
Quarterback Michael Barton had a 3-yard touchdown run and also threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Sims. Chad Samuels threw a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Eric Reed, brought up from the soccer team, also kicked eight PATs.
Jacob Vincent also had a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
“It was good to see our No. 2 team scoring,” Sims said. “Everyone was able to touch the ball and get some playing time. I feel we can turn it up a notch.”
“I think we can get a lot better offensively,” Toman said. “Our defense is real solid.”
strong>REED CITY 64, WHITE CLOUD 0
White Cloud 0 0 0 0 — 0
Reed City 28 23 13 0 — 64
RC- Barton 3 run (Reed kick), 10:03.
RC- Sims 33 run (Reed kick), 7:58.
RC- Kailing 30 run (Reed kick), 5:43.
RC- Samuels 25 pass to Leonard (Reed kick), 11:53.
RC- Kailing 21 run (Reed kick), 6:59.
RC- Vincent tackles quarterback for safety, 4:29
RC- Jordon Rolston 5 run (Reed kick), 1:02.
RC-Sims 42 run, (Reed kick) 8:00
RC-Michael Bradford (kick failed), 5:43.
Reed City 39-418 (Sims 6-115, Kailing 10-93, Benson 5-77, Barton 3-4, E. Bradford 4-24, M. Bradford 3-68, Jordon Rolston 5-32, Sean Woodside 3-15). White Cloud 25-37.
Passing: Reed City 3-30-33. White Cloud 3-8-0-32.