Reed City, Pine River to play on Saturday

REED CITY — Both Osceola County teams that have qualified for the regional finals this weekend wlll be playing on Saturday.

In Division 5, Reed City (11-0) will be home against Upper Peninsula power Menominee (10-1) with a 5 p.m. kickoff.

In Division 6, Pine River (8-3) will be at Ravenna (9-2) with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Regional winners advance to state semifinal action on Nov. 18 or 19. The state finals are Nov. 25-26 at Ford Field.

Reed City won its second district title in the last three seasons with a 34-28 win over Chippewa Hills in the district finals on Friday

Pine River also won its second district crown in three years with a 14-7 edging of Morley Stanwood.

In other district title games on Saturday, it was Menominee over Grayling 61-7 and Ravenna over Kent City 20-7.

Pine River coach Terry Martin said he watched the Ravenna game and also has seen the team on film.

“They have a very efficient run game,” he said. “In the first two times of the playoffs, the first two times they touched the ball, they scored touchdowns on all long runs, all the same play. They have a fairly strong powered running attack. They have a couple of big kids in the backfield that block fairly well.”

It will be a match-up of teams with different styles, Martin indicated.

“They have a powerful run game coming right at you,” he said. “I feel our run game is spread out into different things. We run an option and throw the ball with quite a bit of success. Their game plan is to come at you, run the ball down your throat and see what you can do about it.

“It’s two different contrasting styles. There’s similarities in the success we have. We just go about it two different ways.”

Martin said his defense will have to slow down Ravenna’s running game. The Bucks have allowed just three touchdowns in two playoff games so far.

This will be Pine River’s first Saturday game of the season.

“Ravenna’s coach likes to play games on Saturday,” Martin said. “Our kids have been focused all year long. We had a game with McBain that stared Friday and had to be finished on Saturday (because of lightning). We still came out on Saturday and played really well. I think our kids can handle that adjustment.”