Reed City clinches seventh straight CSAA title outright

Anthony Pelton finds running room for Reed City.
Anthony Pelton finds running room for Reed City.

REED CITY — It was a seventh heaven of sorts for Reed City’s football team on Friday.

The Coyotes whipped Central Montcalm 62-6 for its seventh straight Central State Activities Gold Division win and clinched outright its seventh straight league title.

Phillip Jones rushed for 253 yards in the first half and scored five touchdowns in igniting his team to a 42-6 halftime lead for Reed City (7-1, 7-0) over the Hornets (2-6, 2-5).

“Seven conference championships in a row,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “That’s quite a feat for these youngsters. They’ve earned it. I’m proud of them. They work hard. They’re focused and eager. They’re fierce competitors.”

It was a record-breaking night for Jones, who wound up with a school record 302 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

“It’s amazing,” Jones said. “I have to give credit to my O line. They knew this was a huge game coming in for me. I was already well over 1,000 yards and close to the school record. My O line gave me the holes and made sure I had it.”

Reed City’s seven-in-a-row ties the mark set previously by Shepherd in the early years of the CSAA 1989 to 1995 before the Coyotes were a member.

Jones scored on runs of 37, 4 and 2 yards in the first quarter and 53 and 48 in the second. His fifth touchdown run came on the last play of the second quarter. Connor Agan had a 13-yard scoring run in the second. Reed City had a 20-0 lead after the first quarter.

Zach Wirgau and Jackson Price had two-point conversion runs.

Central Montcalm’s only score was a 50-yard touchdown pass from Blake Ryan to Ryan Wenger in the second quarter.

Jones’ final touchdown run of the night was a 21-yarder in the third quarter which broke the record.

He broke the previous record of 295 set by Miles Haney in 2007.

“To my knowledge and from records available to me, that would be a school record,” Price said. “Phillip had a great game.”

Reed City had touchdown runs of 28 yards by Jett White and 3 yards by Jackson Miller in the fourth quarter.

Reed City had 508 total yards. Zach Wirgau had 84 yards rushing.

Central Montcalm had 108 yards passing and 44 rushing.

The Coyotes finish the regular season with a nonleague game at Pine River on Friday. The playoffs start on Oct. 27.

“We had a lengthy discussion of transitioning into a playoff mode and having that championship focus as we prepare for what we hope is a long playoff run,” Price said