Reed City adds McBain to football schedule

REED CITY — Reed City’s football schedule will take on some slightly new looks in future seasons as the four-time defending Central State Activities Association champions bid to continue their league dominance.

For the second straight season, Reed City will compete in the CSAA’s seven-team Gold Division. It will be an eight-team division in 2016 with the addition of Fremont.

This year, Reed City will have three nonleague games at Baldwin on week one, at Grandville Calvin-Christian week four and home with McBain to close out the regular-season schedule.

McBain replaces Schoolcraft on week nine. The Coyotes played at Schoolcraft last season with a one-year deal. This will be the second of two-year scheduling deals with Baldwin and Calvin Christian.

“With Fremont coming in (2016), we will not play Calvin Christian again,” Reed City football coach Monty Price said. “Baldwin is a two-year deal and we’ll re-evaluate whether we want a contract with them again.”

McBain is a Class C school and a member of the Highland Conference.

“We got lucky because there weren’t many options and McBain kind of fell into our laps,” Price said. “They’re close. We would prefer to play Class B schools, but they’re a strong program and have great success in the past and will be a challenge for us. We’re excited about that opportunity to get somebody close because there weren’t many options that didn’t entail travel to the Detroit area.”

Fremont is a Class B school.

“We were hoping we’d get a couple of years with Schoolcraft,” Price said. “But their league changed. It was by necessity, not by design that they had to drop us. They had some realigning of their league. They didn’t have week nine open anymore.”

Five of the Coyotes first six games are on the road. Their final three regular-season contests are at home.