O-line leads the way for Reed City in win

Coyotes' Sims, Kailing rush for more than 140 yards thanks to offense

REED CITY — Any offensive success does not come from the running back said Reed City football coach Monty Price.

Even though Trent Sims rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns and Nate Kailing added nearly 150 yards, it wouldn’t be possible without the seven guys up front Price said.

So as the Coyotes celebrated their 41-15 victory over Wyoming Kelloggsville in the Division 5 pre-district contest, all the praise went to the offensive linemen.

“The big seven offensive linemen put the backfield on their backs and carried them,” Price said. “They can play and get after it. My hats off to them because those kids have done it all year long.”

Those were the sentiments of Sims, who opened the scoring in the contest on a 2-yard plunge that capped an 11-play 66-yard drive.

“Our line, man they opened holes you could drive semis through,” he said.

Reed City increased its advantage on a 34-yard interception return by Eric Bradford for a 14-0 lead.

Kelloggsville dominated the time of possession in the first half, running nearly twice as many plays as the Coyotes, but gained roughly the same amount of yards.

Still, the Rockets got back in the contest on a safety after they had a drive stall at the 1-yard line. On Reed City’s first play, it was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.

“That was a bone-head call on my part,” Price said.

Kelloggsville then took the ensuing kick and turned it into six points as quarterback Kez Strong found Demari Brown for an 8-yard score to make the score 14-9.

The first half closed with Sims scoring from 1-yard out and the Rockets capitalizing on a Coyotes fumble as Strong hit Dominique Sims for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

“Defensively, I thought we read their keys,” Sims said.

The defense played solid enough that Price made very little adjustments in the second half.

As for the offense, Price was confident that it would get the job done.

“We ran about three plays the entire night,” he said. “Off tackle left and right and trap up the middle. It is all about execution.”

Reed City executed well in the second half, scoring on its first possession of the third quarter, going 55 yards in three plays as Kailing scored on a 28-yard run.

Sims added an 18 yard run midway through the fourth quarter and Kailing concluded the scoring with a 30-yard scamper a minute and a half later.

Reed City now advances to the Division 5 district final where it will host Grand Rapids West Catholic.

“They are good, but like I told the kids, they are going to have to come up here,” Price said. “I think we are pretty solid. If we get healthy and execute, they will be OK.”

Morley Stanwood advances to take on Clare (9-1).

REED CITY 41, WYOMING KELLOGGSVILLE 15

Kelloggsville 0 15 0 0 — 15

Reed City 14 7 7 13 — 41

Scoring

First quarter

RC- Trent Sims 2 run (Eric Reed kick), 3:55

RC- Eric Bradford 34 interception return (Reed kick), 2:29

Second quarter

K-Safety, 8:16

K-Kez Strong 8 pass to Demari Brown (Darius Hall kick), 6:05

RC- Sims 1 run (Reed kick), 3:35

K-Strong 8 pass to Dominique Sims (kick failed), :07

Third quarter

RC- Nate Kailing 28 run (Reed kick), 11:14

Fourth quarter

RC- Sims 18 run (Reed kick), 6:53

RC- Kailing 30 run (kick failed), 5:24

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Kelloggsville — 45-147 (Barrion Deanes 15-55, Brown 10-47, John Evans 11-38, Strong 8-5, Spencer Haynes 1-2). Reed City — 54-390 (Sims 17-166, Kailing 14-149, Michael Barton 5-18, Garrett Benson 9-33, Chad Samuels 4-(-1), Jordon Rolston 1-2, Michael Bradford 3-3, Paris Jones 1-0).

Passing: Kelloggsville — 13-26-1-119 (Strong 13-26-1-119). Reed City 0-1-0-0 (Barton 0-1-0-0).

Receiving: Kelloggsville (Brown 4-71, Jordan Shannon 5-21, Jeff Mills 2-12, Evans 1-7, Sims 1-8).