Jones, Coyotes bounce back against Calvin Christian

REED CITY — It’s obvious what a difference a week made for the Reed City football program.

On Sept. 12, the 31-game regular-season winning streak ended with a 14-6 CSAA loss to Newaygo, The Reed City offense, including explosive running back Andre Jones, could never get on track during the game.

Following the Monday practice after the Newaygo game, Jones, a junior running back, relayed the message he and his teammates received from the coaches.

“Coming off a loss, it was kind of hard,” Jones said. “(Reed City coach Monty Price) wanted us to pick up the speed and pick up the effort because it wasn’t there the other day, and work hard because it won’t be easy from now on.”

But Jones had a huge game in a 46-25 win Friday at home over Grandville Calvin Christian with four touchdowns and 204 rushing yards plus an interception return for six points that was called back on a penalty.

The 31-game streak ended but the Coyotes were ready to start a new one.

“It’s life, reality set in and we have to move on,” Jones said prior to the Calvin Christian game. “Newaygo showed up, brought their ‘A’ game and we didn’t the entire game. They wanted it more than we did.”

Jones and the Coyotes expected a wide open passing game against Calvin Christian and got it.

“If we don’t show up to play, they’re going to beat us,” Jones said, adding that, going into Friday’s nonleague game, “it’s a different game, we’re coming off a loss and we want it more, so we want to out work them and go back to the running game.”