Reed City football runs over Tri-County with over 500 yards on the ground

HOWARD CITY — Reed City’s three-headed backfield of running backs Jon Green, Andre Jones and Collin Hatfield ran wild with over 500 yards on the ground as the Coyotes improved to 2-0 on the year with a 48-14 win over Tri-County on Friday night.

The Coyotes started with the ball and marched down the field on a seven-play, 80-yard drive to open the game. Hatfield capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and Jones added the 2-point conversion to give Reed City an 8-0 lead with 8:42 left in the first quarter.

The Vikings’ first drive stalled thanks to a sack by Evan Skiver and a low punt snap to Dylan Matulis on fourth down that caused him to kneel as he caught the ball, giving Reed City possession with a short field.

The Tri-County defense stood strong, however, racking up back-to-back tackles for loss, but on fourth down the Coyotes’ dug deep in the play book with a fake punt sweep to Green, who got the first down.

“We kind of come out and look at what the defense is giving us and we knew we had about a 6-yard situation,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “The guys up in the box said it looks like we’ve got a sweep so we went with it and it worked. You’re a hero when it works.”

The conversion set up a 14-yard touchdown run for Jones and Reed City added the extra point, taking a 15-0 lead into the second quarter.

Tri-County finally mustered some offense on a broken play as John Zuzula found Hunter Brimmer for a 38-yard completion down to the Reed City 20-yard line. The Vikings got inside the 10, but a hold set them up with fourth and goal. Zuzula found an open receiver who got to the 3-yard line, but the Coyotes stood strong to take over on downs.

Reed City’s Nolan Patterson put up his first two pass attempts on the next possession, but his first fell incomplete and his second was intercepted by Brimmer, who brought it all the way back to the Reed City 36-yard line.

The Vikings were able to capitalize with 5:10 left in the quarter as Matulis squeezed through the Reed City defense for a 10-yard touchdown. Matulis added the extra point, making it 15-7.

The Coyotes were quick to answer, with a long run from Hatfield setting up a 33-yard touchdown scamper for Green with 4:24 left in the half. Reed City added the extra point, making it 22-7.

Then the Coyotes had some mental missteps, with two personal fouls and an encroachment penalty adding up to 35 yards for Tri-County, which led to a 4-yard touchdown run for Zuzula with 3:21 to play in the second, making it 22-14.

“I’m not happy with it,” Price said. “We gave them 35 free yards on that drive. They were working in a 10-yard box and anybody can score from 10 yards. We’ve got to sharpen that up. We’ve got to be better at that. I think our kids will be able to fix that.”

The 22-14 score held until halftime and Tri-County got the ball to start the second half. With a tie in sight, Zuzula found Brimmer for a big gain down to the Reed City 16-yard line, but Patrick Jobes recovered a fumble shortly after to give the Coyotes the ball.

The fumble recovery led to a long drive that was capped off by a 4-yard score from Hatfield with 2:45 to play in the third quarter. The Vikings blocked the extra point attempt, but the Coyotes had the lead, 28-14.

Another Viking drive stalled, giving the Coyotes the ball to start the fourth quarter. Jones gave the Coyotes more breathing room as he capped off a seven-play, 86-yard drive with 10:32 remaining on a 30-yard run that gave the Coyotes a 35-14 advantage after the extra point.

As Tri-County tried to battle back on the next drive, Zuzula was intercepted by Logan Straub. The Coyotes lost a fumble on the Tri-County 8-yard line, but got the ball back with a short field after a short punt, setting up another 4-yard score for Hatfield with 6:09 to play. The extra point try was no good, giving the Coyotes a 41-14 lead.

The Vikings came out firing again, but Jobes, who had eight tackles on the night, forced his second turnover with an interception with 4:43 to play.

“I feel like I played pretty decent,” Jobes said. “You always know it’s a pass because their tackle, the first thing he does on a pass is step back so I just had to step back, read my reads and coach put us in the right spot wherever we needed to be and we were right there to make the play.”

The Coyotes brought in the reserves on offense and Straub scored from 28 yards out with 3:25 to play. The extra point made it 48-14 to seal the deal for the Coyotes.

The backfield for the Coyotes had another strong performance putting up over 500 yards with Green rushing for 248 yards and a touchdown, Jones picking up 174 yards and two touchdowns and Hatfield adding three touchdowns with 89 yards.

“Before the game I just said that I wanted to just go out and have fun,” Hatfield said. “I feel good about how I played and I went out and had fun and it went well for us.”

The Coyotes (2-0, 1-0 CSAA Gold) host Newaygo on Friday while the Vikings (1-1, 0-1 CSAA Gold) take on Central Montcalm.

REED CITY 48, TRI-COUNTY 14

RC     15     07     06     20  - 48

TC     00     14     00     00  - 14

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

RC — Hatfield 2 run (Jones run), 8:42

RC — Jones 14 run (kick good), 1:27

Second Quarter

TC — Matulis 10 run (Matulis kick), 5:10

RC — Green 33 run (kick good), 4:24

TC — Zuzula 4 run (Matulis kick), 3:21

Third Quarter

RC — Hatfield 4 run (PAT blocked), 2:45

Fourth Quarter

RC — Jones 30 run (kick good), 10:32

RC — Hatfield 4 run (kick no good), 6:09

RC — Straub 28 run (kick good), 3:25

Individual Statistics

Rushing: Reed City 56-539 (Green 25-248, Jones 16-174, Hatfield 11-89, Straub 1-28)

Passing: Reed City 0-4-0-0-1 (Nolan Patterson 0-4-0-0-1)