Reed City clinches share of title
REED CITY – The Reed City Coyotes want to make one thing clear this Friday night:
They’re not in a sharing mood.
The Coyotes scored a 42-25 victory over Central Montcalm on the road Friday to improve to 8-0 overall and 8-0 in the Central State Activities Association, which seals at least a tie for another league crown.
But when the regular season comes to an end this Friday at home against struggling and winless White Cloud, the Coyotes will try to make it 9-0 and outright league champs for another season.
“We can’t worry about what they’ve done in the past,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “We have to prepare hard and practice and execute like we would in any other week. We certainly can’t look past them. We want to play tough and finish the season strong.”
The Coyotes will find out on Sunday where and who they will be playing in a first round game Oct. 26 or 27.
“We’d like to make sure our bumps and bruises get healed up and we come into the playoffs at 100 percent,” Price said. “Obviously with the weather change, we have to keep kids from getting sick. We certainly don’t want any kids coming down with illnesses. We’ll have to be cautious with our practice schedule, the weather and temperatures. We’ll try to limit our hitting so we don’t have any foolish injury in practice.”
Not to be lost on Friday’s game is that the Coyotes can reign again as conference champions.
“That’s one of our primary goals to win the CSAA championship,” Price said. “We’re guaranteed at least a share of it but our kids aren’t the sharing type. They don’t want to share it. That’s not something they’re considering. We want to take care of business and win it outright.”
Against the host Green Hornets, Reed City led 42-6 at the end of the third quarter before the Hornets added a couple of fourth-quarter scores.
Jordan Straub ran for three touchdowns and Chad Samuels threw a scoring pass to Garrett Benson. Travis French also scored a touchdown and P.J. Jones had a 91-yard kickoff return for six points.
It was the second kickoff return for a Coyote TD this season.
“I thought it was kind of a deflating moment for Central Montcalm,” said Price. “We went into halftime ahead 28-0, came out and scored right away. They put together a drive and punched it in which got the momentum swing in their direction. They kick off and we take it 91 yards. It was kind of a deflating moment, I think.”