Jones enjoyed key role in Coyotes’ title season

REED CITY — The season has ended for Andre Jones and the Reed City Coyotes football team, but it’s one they won’t soon forget.

Jones rushed for 75 yards against Grand Rapids West Catholic in Friday’s Division 5 regional title game, which the Falcons won 56-28 to continue their pursuit of another state title.

It was an intense week of preparation by Jones and the Coyotes, who entered the game at 9-2.

“We’ve been focusing on continuing to do our jobs and going out there and playing,” Jones said, going into the game. “They’re talented. Every team has a weakness.”

West Catholic demonstrated to be vulnerable against the Coyotes. But in the end, the Falcons had enough weapons to prevail.

The Coyotes were 2-0 in the playoffs with wins over Newaygo and Chippewa Hills. A 22-21 win over Chippewa Hills resulted in Reed City’s first district title in football.

“It’s one of the biggest thrills in my varsity career so far,” said Jones, while acknowledging the challenge his team faced playing Chippewa HiIls again after having defeated them handily during the regular season.  “It was really tough. It’s always tough to beat a team twice.”

The Coyotes defeated Newaygo in the first round of the playoffs. Newaygo had beaten the Coyotes 14-6 the third week of the regular-season to end the school’s 31-game win streak.

“We wanted it more than they did,” Jones said.

Jones, Jon Green and Collin Hatfield have combined for a tough running attack. But the emergence during the playoffs of a strong passing attack came in handy.

“Teams don’t expect us to throw, but we do,” Jones said. “We have a passing and running game so they have to try to stop both.”

Regardless of the results of the West Catholic game, Jones acknowledged the fun he and his teammates have enjoyed this season.

“Everybody wants it more,” Jones said. “We go out there and compete because we have nothing to lose.”