Reed City, Pine River set to face undefeated teams in finals

REED CITY  —  They’ve won their first football district titles in school history, but now Reed City and Pine River both go on the road to face undefeated teams.

The Coyotes, 9-2, take on Grand Rapids West Catholic, 11-0, the defending state champs, on Friday night.

“They’re the defending state champions for a reason,” Coyote coach Monty Price said. “They’re a very solid ballclub and have some great kids. They’re certainly one of the teams to beat in Division 5. It’s hard pressed to find any flaws in their game.”

It’s business as usual in preparing for the game this week.

“I don’t believe doing anything different will help our chances,” Price said. “We’ll have to go out and play Reed City football and execute at a very high level. I think our kids understand that. We’ll try to perfect the things that we do.”

Pine River is at Boyne City in the Division 8 regional final Friday night.

The Bucks are 8-3 after a 34-27 win at Sanford Meridian last Friday.

“It should be a pretty tough game,” Pine River coach Terry Martin said. “They’ve put together a heckuva season. Offensively, they’re putting together a lot of points, led by their one running back, No. 10 (Maceo Vroman). He’s an outstanding player with really good speed.”

It won’t be easy to score points either, Martin noted. It’s also expected to be a wintry night in Boyne City.

“This week, with the weather and everything else, we have to make sure we’re not turning over the ball,” Martin said. “We want to really focus on ball control as much as possible. Obviously the end of last week, that got away from us when we let the other team on the field an exceptionally long time. We’d like to switch that time of possession a little bit so our offense is on the field a little more.

“The last couple of weeks, we’ve relied on our defense. But we’d like to increase our ball control and keep our offense on the field.”