Reed City coach looks back at third straight 10-1 football season

REED CITY — Traveling from Reed City to the Marquette Superior Dome may be a long trip but it’s one Coyote football players had wished they would be taking this week.

Earlier this month, the Coyote season ended at 10-1 with a 22-20 loss to Oakridge. The Muskegon team went on to beat Millington 31-12 at home in the regional finals to earn the trip to the Dome to play Menominee this weekend. The Coyotes, with a win over Oakridge, would have played Millington at home. How that match-up would have turned out is obviously unknown but the Coyotes would have had an excellent chance of advancing.

That’s what made the two-point loss Oakridge disappointing. But it still didn’t take away from the glitter of a 10-1 season that resulted in a third straight perfect regular season and Central State Activities Association title.

“It was spectacular,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I had a lot of great kids. They worked very hard and were very coachable. Although we would like to see it end in a different way, you still can’t take away from what we were able to accomplish.”

Going 9-0 and defeating league power Newaygo were among the gratifying moments for Price.

“The Newaygo game was an awesome football game,” he said. “Even though we lost the Oakridge game, I thought we were in it until the end and had a chance to win it. That’s how it goes.”

As usual, the Coyotes will graduate some outstanding seniors.

“It’s no different than any other year,” Price said. “I think we’re going to lose about 14 seniors and each and everyone of them are awesome kids. I love them to death and they’ll be greatly missed. They’ve certainly contributed a great deal to our program.”

The 2014 roster could also be very formidable.

“We’re putting an end to one season but are looking forward to a new beginning next year,” Price said.

The CSAA splits into divisions next year. The Coyotes will have six divisional opponents with Big Rapids, Chippewa HiIls, Central Montcalm, Grant, Newaygo and Tri County. They will have three non-league games on weeks 1, 4 and 9.

As of Sunday, the Coyotes have only filled week four with Grandville Calvin Christian and are looking to fill the other two dates.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Price said. “I think it will increase the competitiveness of our league and let us go outside our league and schedule some teams. That’s always a good thing when you have some flexibility in your schedule.”