Reed City celebrates upset victory over Morley Stanwood
REED CITY — Every game is big now for the Reed City football team.
But no victory could have been as sweet as the 30-26 Central State Activities Association win at home Friday in front of a packed house in Reed City over two-time defending league champion Morley Stanwood.
The Coyotes are 4-0 both overall and in the Central State Activities Association.
They now travel to Central Montcalm on Friday against the dangerous Hornets, who are 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the CSAA. CM lost 25-14 to non-league foe Manistee last Friday.
“They have a solid offensive line,” Price said. “We’ll have to go down to their house and play another solid football game. We’re hoping our kids can go in there and play four quarters of football. We don’t want to have a letdown.”
Price expects Central to get up for the Coyotes considering their upset win over the Mohawks.
“Whoever wins this game will have a good shot at a league championship,” Price said.
Price believes this is the first 4-0 start for the Coyotes under his coaching.
Price has been coach at Reed City since 1999 and couldn’t help but enjoy the win over Morley Stanwood.
“I would certainly consider this to be a big win,” Price said. “Of course, I consider all of our wins big. But this is a special one.”
With 3:34 remaining in the contest against Morley Stanwood and the Coyotes trailing 26-22, Chad Samuels took the ball around the right end and scampered 70 yards down the sideline for the winning touchdown.
It was Samuels’ only carry of the game.
The score came one play after the Coyotes intercepted a Travis Zajkowski pass and returned it to the Reed City 30-yard line.
The Mohawks took the ensuing kickoff to their own 40 yard line and would advance the ball to Reed City’s 23-yard line, but were hurt by two false start penalties and two holding calls during the drive.
Morley Stanwood fired out to a 13-0 lead, scoring on its first two possessions.
Reed City answered with a score on a 1-yard run by Garrett Benson to make it 13-6.
Morley Stanwood scored again and Reed City came back on a 36-yard pass from Michael Barton to Nate Kailing.
The Coyotes stopped a MS scoring bid at the RC 5-yard-line before halftime to keep it a 19-15 Mohawk lead.
Morley Stanwood added to its lead on its first possession of the second half but Trent Sims ran 38 yards to give Reed City the ball at the 1-yard line before Benson scored to make the game 26-22 with 6:45 to play, setting up the late-game dramatics.
Kailing led the Coyotes’ rushing attack with 94 yards on the ground. Sims finished the night with 90 yards rushing.
“I thought one of our keys to success would have to be stopping their run,” Price said. “We did a good job of that.”
The stop before the first half when Morley Stanwood was driving was huge, Price indicated.
It was an emotional win, too, for the Coyotes, who were mourning the loss of high school teacher Angie Pontz who had died earlier in the week.
“We had her in the back of our mind,” Sims said. “We knew we had to win it for her. It was a team effort.”
Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this story.