Reed City crushes Cheboygan to open playoffs
Editor's note: Here's a recap of opening week of playoffs for the Coyotes on Oct. 30
REED CITY – It was short, but sweet, for Reed City, on Friday night, Oct. 30.
The Coyotes (7-0) built a 38-0 halftime lead over Cheboygan (0-7) and breezed to a first-round Division 5 district win.
The final was 44-6. Reed City will be at home next weekend for a district semifinal round game. The Coyotes will play the winner of today’s Ogemaw Heights at Kingsford game.
“It all went well, it went as planned,” Coyote lineman Chaz Davis said. “We all did our jobs.”
Reed City held Cheboygan to 98 yards total offense.
Isaac Williams had one completion for 46 yards to Seth Jackson. Reed City had 225 yards rushing. Noah Jones had three carries for 64 yards. Landon Tomaski gained 23 yards and Alex Wirgau 40 yards.
Wirgau and Johnson had five tackles apiece.
“We played a solid game all the way around, offensively, defensively and special teams,” Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. “It feels good to be in the playoffs and get that first win. We’re looking forward to another week of football. We played a very solid game.”
It was 30-0 after the first quarter. Jones had a 6-yard touchdown run followed by a 2-point scamper for an 8-0 lead. Tomaski had a 73-yard touchdown jaunt on a punt return and Wirgau added the two-point run.
Tomaski had a 36-yard run on another punt return to set up a 5-yard scoring scamper for Wirgau. Late in the quarter, Jones had a 9-yard run and Payton Hanson went in for the two points. Wirgau had a 1-yard scoring run in the second quarter, and Tomaski scored the two points.
It was a running clock in the second half and a scoreless third quarter.
Chris Charboneau had a 5-yard touchdown run for the Chiefs midway in the fourth quarter. The try for points failed.
Elijah Johnson had a 2-yard TD run with a minute to play for Reed City. The try for points was no good.
The game started at 7 p.m. and ended at 8:45 p.m.
“The district is tough,” Shankel said coming into the game. “It’s no one that we play during the course of the season so that makes it a little harder to gage everything.”