Montague too much for Reed City football

MONTAGUE — It was not the football season opener the Reed City Coyotes wanted.

Reed City fell to Montague 48-14 on Friday.

It was Reed City's first loss in a season opener since 2009.

Montague got off to a quick start with two touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead early in the game. Reed City responded with a touchdown run of its own, but a failed two-point conversion made it a 14-6 game with 5:42 remaining in the second quarter.

The Wildcats would score one more touchdown before halftime to make it a 21-6 game. Following a Montague touchdown early in the third quarter, a Reed City pass was intercepted and returned for 41 yards, setting up another Wildcat touchdown that effectively put the game out of reach.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “Hats off to coach (Pat) Collins and his program. They exposed us in many areas tonight.

“We have a lot of work to do.”

Reed City ran 57 plays and amassed 294 yards rushing. Philip Jones led the Coyotes with 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown and Connor Agan had 13 carries for 69 yards while Nick Douglas added six carries for 69 yards. It was certainly a tough loss and not the way we wanted to start the year out,” Price said. “Montague is a really good team. I think we made it a little easier for them than we wanted to with our poor execution and turnovers some of the mistakes we made. We have to figure out how to patch some of our mistakes and play our brand of football.”

Quarterback Jackson Price completed 3-of-5 passes for 29 yards.

Steven Shewan had seven tackles to lead the team and Mason Bush and Jackson Miller each had five tackles.

Reed City opens defense of its six straight Central State Activities Association titles on Thursday at Newaygo.

“Newaygo has a new coaching staff and a new system and we don't know a while lot about them,” Price said. 'They look solid on film and are tough up front. They always have physical kids.

“We have to get everyone executing at a high level on every play.”

Herald Review sportswriter Max Harden contributed to this report.