Reed City coach, players gain all-state honors
REED CITY — Reed City football coach Monty Price and two of his players were named last week by the Associated Press to its all-state honorable mention list for Divisions 5 and 6.
Reed City played in the Division 5 playoffs during the postseason.
Seniors Nate Kailing at running back and Trent Sims at linebacker were on the honorable mention list.
The Coyotes were 9-0 during the regular season for the first time since 1966. They won the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) crown.
Price has been at the helm since 1999. It’s the first time a Reed City team went 9-0 in the regular season. The Coyotes lost 42-7 in the district finals to Grand Rapids West Catholic.
“As unique as it was, I’ve had a lot of good memories from every season,” Price said. “They’re all special. This one ranks right up there with them.”
Kailing gained 943 yards on 127 carries for the Coyotes.
“He had a phenomenal year for us,” Price said. “He did a good job in running our inside trap.”
From the defensive side of the ball, Sims had 52 tackles, 12 for loss, one pass breakup and two forced fumbles. He said he’s played defense his whole life. He said it was his best defensive season in his varsity career “by far.”
“I’ve got eyes for the ball and I know where the ball goes,” he said.
“Trent was dominant this year on the defensive side of the ball,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I think teams in their game plan tried to run away from him. He had a great year for us.”
Sims also had another big year on offense.
Sims covered 748 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns and also caught several key passes when the Coyotes used the pass.
“Six of the nine games we had, because of the score of the game, we played only for about a half,” Price said. “His statistics are reflected by that.”
Sims rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a sophomore. He was hurt for several games and missed action as a junior.