REED CITY — Monty Price does not have the desire to ever watch a bad film twice. But the Reed City football coach will have to again, despite a 28-14 victory over Morley Stanwood on Thursday night.
The Coyotes improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Mohawks are 0-2.
The first half for Reed City went eerily similar to last week’s win against Big Rapids. The Coyotes struggled to move the ball offensively in the first half, but turned it around in the second half.
“I wish I had an answer why we aren’t executing and doing the little details,” Price said.
The Coyotes offense struggled throughout the first half, turning the ball over four times on three fumbles and an interception, most inside their own 30 yar line. Yet, Reed City led 14-0 at halftime after a Chad Samuels to Garrett Benson 24-yard touchdown pass and a 7-yard run by Chad Samuels.
“The first half, (Morley Stanwood) could have put us away,” Price said. “I was floored at the end of the first half and we were up 14-0.”
Morley Stanwood had its own share of problems in the first half, offensively. The Mohawks turned the ball over five times on three fumbles and a pair of interceptions, failing to capitalize on any of the Reed City turnovers.
“Those are momentum changers,” Morley Stanwood coach Clark Huntey said. “We put a score on the board, I won’t say the outcome would be different, but if we score the momentum changes.”
Price credited the defense for not allowing the Mohawks to punch in a score during those turnovers in the first half. That was similar to the Coyotes game against Big Rapids in which the Cardinals had the ball inside the five-yard three times, but came away empty.
“They were bending, but not breaking,” Price said. “(The defense) has been our life blood right now.”
Reed City increased its advantage to 21-0 on the kickoff to begin the second half as Joshua Saez returned the kick 85 yards for a score.
The two teams would exchange scores the rest of the way.
Morley Stanwood got on the board on a 37-yard scamper by Travis McCuaig. The Coyotes answered with a five-yard run by Jordan Straub.
The Mohawks concluded the scoring on a three-yard run by Chase Huntey with seven minutes remaining in the contest.
“Offensively, we are struggling,” Clark Huntey said. “We had a couple of turnovers, missed assignments, it’s a lot of things right now.”
Steven Malloy led the Morley Stanwood rushing attack with 63 yards.
Jonathan Green tallied 83 yards on the ground to lead Reed City, while Samuels added another 61. Samuels also threw for 148 yards and a score.
“We struggled offensively and part of it was coach Huntey’s scheme,” Price said. “They blitzed like crazy, we have to adapt. We were a little out of sync up front and didn’t maintain our blocks.”
Reed City is in action Sept. 7 when it travels to Holton. Morley Stanwood will entertain Hesperia.
REED CITY 28, MORLEY STANWOOD 14 RC 7 7 7 7 — 28
MS 0 0 7 7 — 14
RC— Chad Samuels 24 pass to Garrett Benson (Ricky Droke kick), 5:45
RC— Samuels 7 run (Droke kick), 1:05
RC— Joshua Saez 85 kick return (Droke kick), 11:47
MS — Travis McCuaig 37 run (Tim Cairnduff kick), 2:45
RC — Jordan Straub 5 run (Droke kick), 10:57
MS — Chase Huntey 3 run (Cairnduff kick), 7:00
Rushing: Morley Stanwood 31-120 (Cody Hollister 8-6, Steven Malloy 12-63, Brad Malmberg 1-(-1), Travis McCuaig 3-36, Matt McGuire 2-2, Chase Huntey 5-14. Reed City 52-254 (Jordan Straub 10-11, Jonathan Green 14-83, Chad Samuels 7-61, Paris Jones 4-41, Garrett Benson 11-36, Joshua Saez 5-24, Travis French 1-2).
Passing: Morley Stanwood 4-15-3-41 (Huntey 4-15-3-41). Reed City 5-9-1-148 (Samuels 5-9-1-148).
Receiving: Morley Stanwood - Hollister 1-5, McCuaig 1-4, Malloy 2-32. Reed City - Benson 3-110, Eric Bradford 1-10, Michael Bradford 1-28.