Reed City crushes Fremont

Reed City's Matt Bush goes after a fumble against Fremont.
Reed City's Matt Bush goes after a fumble against Fremont.

REED CITY — The only drama from Friday’s Reed City-Fremont game was whether or not the Coyotes rushing yardage would cross 500.

It almost did as the ground game could not be stopped in amassing 499 yards in a 56-7 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory.

Phillip Jones led an overpower rushing attack with 222 yards and five touchdowns for the Coyotes (2-1, 2-0) against the winless Packers (0-3, 0-2) who gained only 59 yards rushing and 73 passing.

“First off, I want to give it to my O-line,” Jones said. “They made holes, I read them and I was open for the run.”

Jones had scoring runs of 79 and 37 yards in the first quarter and 2 and 8 in the second. Quarterback Jackson Price had a 10-yard run in the second and the Coyotes had a 38-0 lead. Fremont scored late in the second on a 16-yard scoring pass from Caleb Koomen to Riley Krim.

It was 38-7 at halftime.

But Jones had a 53-yard run for six in the third. Parker Ward and Mason Bush added 15- and 18-yard touchdown runs in the fourth.

“I’m very happy with our effort,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “I think we executed better. We saw some improvements across the board. We were sitting up on the line of scrimmage a little better. The little things on the line of scrimmage were more detailed. Our first step, our head placement and things of that nature, when you focus on the little details, everything seems to fall in place. They did tonight.”

Reed City had fumble recoveries by Connor Agan and Bush in the second quarter on two consecutive kickoff returns mishandled by the Packers.

“We were pretty worried about their kick return,” Price said. “They do that fake stuff and it’s pretty hard to find the ball. We wanted to get (the kick) on the ground. Luckily, we got some bounces to go our way. It was a great job by our kickoff team.”

Jayson Johnson ran six times for 120 yards to add depth to the Coyote ground game.

The Coyotes opened its Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division action last week with a 24-12 win over Newaygo. But Reed City coaches and players were uplifted with Friday’s effort.

“We were more physical and more determined with this win,” Jones said. “It was our home opener and we were definitely pumped. We can always improve.”

The Coyotes have won six straight CSAA titles.

Reed City beat Fremont last year 41-0. The Packers lost their CSAA opener to Chippewa Hills last week 51-26.

Reed City plays at Grant on Friday.

“Grant will probably come into this game undefeated and is one of the teams in the league to watch out for,” Price said. “We’ll have our hands full. We’ll be at their house. We have to work on us and hopefully we can go there and put four good quarters together.”