Kingsley ends Reed City's football season in predistrict round
KINGSLEY -- Kingsley's offense was too dominant in rolling up a 34-8 first-half lead over Reed City and went on to a 48-36 Division 5 predistrict football win on Friday.
Kingsley (10-0) advances to the district title game this weekend at home with Muskegon Oakridge. Reed City (6-4) ends its season.
The Stags rolled up 219 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the first half.
Reed City was up 8-6 after the first quarter but the Stags scored early in the second and kept the pressure going.
Payson Caballero scored a 1-yard run on the game's first drive for a 6-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Austin Whitehead recovered a fumble for Reed City at the Kingsley 30.
Jeffrey Samuels scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. Landen Tomaski ran in for the two- point conversion.
But Caballero and Ayden Mullen combined for four touchdowns in the second quarter for a commanding Stags lead.
A Coyote fumble deep in their own territory led to one of the Stags touchdowns.
Gage Hessen returned an interception 40 yards early in the second half and Mullen ran in for the two points.
Tomaski ran 80 yards for a Coyote touchdown on the next possession and Noah Jones ran for the two points to make it 42-16. Tyler Inthisone threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to brother Jayden Inthisone for a 48-16 Stags lead midway in the third. Noah Jones followed with a 65-yard touchdown scamper for the Coyotes to make it 48-22.
Samuels passed 30 yards for a touchdown to Jones who caught a tipped pass for the score. Brendan Ruppert ran for the two points to make it 48-30, and the Coyotes, with 5:38 to play, recovered the onside kick.
Ruppert scored on a 1-yard run with three seconds to play.
Coyote coach Scott Shankel knew in pregame comments it wasn't going to be easy.
"They have some good athletes and they run the T very well," Shankel said. They mix up their concepts so it's kind of difficult to get a read on them. They throw the ball when it's least expected. They execute the offense well and are very athletic. They're different than most teams in our league. They run the T pretty good."
The emphasis in practice this week, Shankel said, "is discipline and win the line of scrimmage, just effort every play and finish every play."
"Reed City is a solid program with players who are physical," Kingsley coach Tim Wooer said going into the game.
"They are well disciplined and execute well in all phases of the game. We will need to stop the run and block extremely well at the point of attack to compete in this football game. The keys to the game are turnovers, special teams, and who can play the best defense. Both teams run the Wing-T and run it well. Execution will be key."
Kingsley had four inches of snow on the field as of Friday morning, but 60 players, all with their own shovels, were able to clear the turf in plenty of time prior to the game.
Entering the game, Kingsley was ranked No. 2-overall in Division 5.