No contest: Reed City humbles Big Rapids 52-32

Coyotes fire out to 52-32 halftime lead

REED CITY – It was a fast and furious blitz for the Reed Coyotes in their 52-32 Central State Activities Association Gold Division football win over Big Rapids on Friday.

It was standing room only with even the neighboring parking lots completely full with fans waiting to see if the Cardinals could get their first win since 2009 over Reed City.

But the hosts started off fast, scoring on five of their first six drives en route to a 36-0 halftime lead. They also scored on their first drive of the second half.

Big Rapids took the opening driving into Reed City territory before the defensive theftmaster Seth Jackson picked off a pass at the RC 33. On the first play, Noah Morgan ran 67 yards for the touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Xavier Allen passed to Jackson to set up a John Ondrus 3-yard sweep for a 14-0 lead. Allen passed to Bryson Hughes 36 yards for the touchdown and to Jackson for the two points and a 22-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Allen had a 16-yard scoring pass to Max Hammond for a 28-0 lead. It was set up on interception by Aiden Storr. Morgan scored on a 20-yard run and Ondrus ran in for the two points and a 36-0 halftime lead.

“In the beginning, we’re driving well and there was a miscommunication which led to an interception and a first-play touchdown for them,” Big Rapids coach Mike Selzer said. “It puts us in a hole. I don’t think we did a good job of responding to that adversity.”

Reed City scored on its first drive of the second half. Allen passed to Jackson 28 yards for the touchdown and Eli Johnson ran it in for the two points.

Wil Strickler passed four yards to Riley Vennix for a touchdown at 5:03 to put BR on the board. The two-point conversion made it 44-8. David Windquist scored from 3 yards out and Johnston ran for the two points and a 44-point lead which turned on the running clock, 52-8.

The Cardinals (2-1, 2-2) added three more touchdowns before the game ended.

“It’s the next man up,” Selzer said. “It was a tough game for us physically injury-wise. We’ll have to have some new guys step up in some new places.” 

Reed City (2-1, 3-1) had 34 carries for 277 yards on the ground.

“I think we only punted one time in the first half,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said.

Noah Morgan had 7 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Ondrus had eight carries for 86 yards. In the air, Allen was 6-of-7 for 123 yards.

“We definitely have some threats in the air because we have a kid who can throw it with Xavier,” Shankel said. “We’re starting to hit our groove with that.”

Jackson caught two passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Max Hammond had two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown. Hughes had one catch for 36 yards.

Defensivell, Jackson had 10 tackles and an interception. Storz had eight tackles and an interception, Hughes had seven tackles.

“We’re kind of hitting our groove,” Shankel said. “We’re looking forward to seeing where we go next week.”

Reed City is at Central Montcalm next Friday and Big Rapids is home for homecoming against Chippewa Hills.