Reed City coach gets milestone victory over Big Rapids

REED CITY — After Reed City’s 56-20 football victory over rival Big Rapids on Friday night, the win not only gave the Coyotes their fifth-straight win against the Cardinals, it also gave Reed City coach Monty Price his 100th victory in his 15th year leading the Coyotes.

But after the game, Price was quick to direct the praise to all of the players who helped him get there.

“It’s kind of a milestone I’m a little proud of, but you owe it all to the kids who got you there,” Price said. “We’ve had a lot of good kids who have contributed to that milestone and I was very proud to share it with this group of kids.”

With several of his former players on the sideline to see him accomplish the feat, Price said that let him know he’s doing his job both as a coach and as a mentor.

“I guess it means you have an impact or an influence and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” he said. “Through all of the classes, I have memories from all of them and it’s good to see them come back and support our kids and our program. We truly talk about family and that’s what it is. Once you’re a Coyote, you’re always a Coyote.”

The Coyotes got things rolling on their opening drive when Jon Green rumbled 37 yards down the field for a touchdown to give the Coyotes an 8-0 lead after Andre Jones ran in the two-point conversion.

That score stuck until the 11:53 mark of the second quarter as Reed City’s Nolan Patterson connected with Patrick Jobes on a 33-yard touchdown pass, followed by a two-point conversion run by Branden Decator to push the lead to 16-0.

Reed City went on to tack on two more scores before the half with two touchdown runs by Collin Hatfield, one an 11-yard run with four minutes to go before the half and the other a 1-yard goalline plunge with 39.1 seconds on the clock, to send the Coyotes into the break with a 30-0 lead. Jones was successful on the two-point run on Hatfield’s first score, but Reed City failed a two-point pass attempt on the second score.

“Those last five minutes of the first half has just been our downfall all year,” Big Rapids coach Joe Woodruff said. “It’s 16-0 and we get the ball but right before halftime we gave up some big plays. Give Reed City a lot of credit. They’re very disciplined in what they do and they’ve been doing it for a while.”

The two teams began the second half much like the first half with Reed City’s T.J. Patterson recovering a fumble on the Big Rapids 29 on the Cardinals’ first possession of the half, resulting in a 29-yard scoring strike from Nolan Patterson to Michael Gilmurray to move the score to 36-0 after a failed two-point conversion.

Big Rapids started to show some life on the ensuing possession as Avery Montgomery broke off a 65-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 36-7 after an extra point by Dakota Sanders, but Reed City retaliated with a 31-yard scoring run by Green and a two-point conversion by Decator to extend the lead to 44-7 with 9:48 left in the third.

After an interception by Jobes off an attempted halfback pass by the Cardinals set up Reed City on the Big Rapids 18 with 3:21 to go in the third, the Coyotes converted the turnover into a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Decator to give them a 50-7 edge at the end of three quarters after a failed two-point conversion.

In the fourth quarter, the Coyotes would go on to add a 10-yard touchdown run by Devin Ward and Big Rapids got two scores with a 1-yard scoring plunge by DeSean Griffin and a 66-yard touchdown strike by Jamison Green to Keenan Mcintyre to set the final score at 56-20.

Jon Green paced the Reed City rushing attack with 126 yards and two scores while Jones ran for 68 yards and Hatfield added 61 yards and two touchdowns. Nolan Patterson was 2-for-6 passing for 63 yards, but those two passes both went for touchdowns.

“Getting coach his 100th win, beating Big Rapids in my last home game as a senior; it’s a good feeling,” Nolan Patterson said.

Montgomery led the Cardinals on the ground with 95 yards and a touchdown, with Griffin recording 47 yards and a score . Jamison Green was 2-for-2 through the air for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Robert Yates led the Coyote defense with eight tackles while Taylor Pelton had five stops and Chris Barton tallied four tackles, with Jobes adding his interception and T.J. Patterson adding a fumble recovery.

Carter Bechaz was the leading tackler for Big Rapids with seven stops, followed by Alex Graham with six and Isaac Hughes and Vinny Charania both with five.

Reed City (5-1, 3-1 CSAA Gold) next travels to Central Montcalm on Oct. 10 while Big Rapids (1-5, 1-3 CSAA Gold) hosts Chippewa Hills that day.

REED CITY 56, BIG RAPIDS 20

RC     08 22 20  06 - 56

BR     00 00 07  13 - 20

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

RC — Jon Green 37 run (Andre Jones run), 9:31

Second Quarter

RC — Nolan Patterson 33 pass to Patrick Jobes (Branden Decator run), 11:53

RC — Collin Hatfield 11 run (Jones run), 4:00

RC — Hatfield 1 run (Pass failed), 0:39

Third Quarter

RC — Nolan Patterson 30 pass to Michael Gilmurray (Run failed), 11:50

BR — Avery Montgomery 65 run (Dakota Sanders kick), 10:25

RC — Green 31 run (Nolan Patterson run), 9:48

RC — Decator 3 run (Run failed), 0:24

Fourth Quarter

BR — DeSean Griffin 1 run (Sanders kick), 7:15

RC — Devin Ward 10 run (Run failed), 2:59

BR — Jamison Green 59 pass to Keenan Mcintyre (Run failed), 1:20

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Reed City 43-356 (Jon Green 10-126, Andre Jones 8-68, Collin Hatfield 8-61, Devin Ward 5-31) Big Rapids 32-162 (DeSean Griffin 9-40, Avery Montgomery 8-95)

Passing: Reed City 6-63-yards (Nolan Patterson 2-6-63-2-0) Big Rapids 2-93 (Jamison Green 2-2-93-1-0, Hunter Walch 0-5-0-1, Isaac Hughes 0-1-0-1)

Receiving: Reed City - Patrick Jobes 1-33, Michael Gilmurray 1-30; Big Rapids - Keenan Mcintyre 1-59, Jeffrey Davenport 1-34