Ground game propels Reed City in first round of playoffs

REED CITY — Make that 10-0.

Reed City hit the perfect ‘10’ on Friday with a 41-15 victory over Wyoming Kelloggsville that put the Coyotes in the second round this week against Division 5 defending state champ Grand Rapids West Catholic at home.

The running game again boosted the attack for the undefeated Coyotes with Trent Sims picking up 166 yards and three touchdown and Nate Kailing covering 150 yards.

“I don’t know if it was one of our better games,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “It was a solid effort. We’ve had better games.”

Reed City fired out to a 14-0 lead with a 2-yard scoring run from Sims and 34-yard interception return by Eric Bradford. Two PATs from Eric Creed made it 14-0.

But Kelloggsville made a game out of it by getting a safety and taking the free kick for a TD drive with Kez Strong passing eight yards to Demari Brown. Sims had a 1-yard run late in the quarter but Strong’s 8-yard pass to Demari Brown cut Reed City’s halftime lead to 21-15.

“We ran about three plays the entire night,” Price said. “Off tackle left and right and trap up the middle. It is all about execution.”

But it was all Reed City in the second half. Kailing had a 2-yard run in the third quarter and also a 30-yard TD run in the fourth. Sims added an 18-yard TD score in the fourth.

“The big seven offensive linemen put the backfield on their backs and carried them,” Price said. “They can play and get after it. My hats off to them because those kids have done it all year long.”

“We played very well,” said junior linebacker Jacob Vincent. “We read our keys and we did a good job defensively stopping them.”

“Our defense, we were bending but not breaking,” said RC junior middle linebacker Jordon Rolston. “We gave up some big plays but stopped them when we needed to.”

Price indicated the Coyotes have had some “bumps and bruises” but generally speaking are enjoying favorable health for week 11.

The Reed City defense, led by the likes of Vincent and Rolston, again got the job done

“We’re playing well,” Vincent said. “We come out in the games and we play hard, and in defense, we read the keys well and we get to the ball.”

Vincent has been happy with his own personal performances.

“I’ve been doing good reading my keys,” he said, adding that West Catholic “is a pretty solid team. We’ll have to play hard to beat them. They like to pass, use slants and they like to run the ball. Our linebackers will have to step it up. They’re big but we have some size on our team too.”

“We’re a good team,” Rolston said. “We bond and work good together. We stop them when we need to.”

West Catholic “is good but so are we,” Rolston said. “They’re a lot like Morley. They’ll do a lot of the same stuff. They run nice routes.”

Playing at home “makes a huge difference having your parents there and the school there,” Rolstons said. “Everybody is there cheering you on.”