Reed City finishes 9-0, set for playoff opener at home

REED CITY — Reed City finished its fourth regular football season in the last five years at 9-0 and is getting ready for a home playoff game.

Reed City is in a first-round playoff game against Manistee (7-2) in Division 5. The winner faces Muskegon Oakridge or defending state champion Grand Rapids West Catholic in the district final Nov. 6-7.

Reed City has the top seed in the district and could host a second-round playoff game with a win over Manistee.

“We’re excited to get going,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “We’re ready to play. (The pairings) are exactly what we were thinking.”

The Coyotes are making their sixth straight trip to the playoffs.

“It has to give us some type of advantage,” Price said.

“We have a lot of kids returning that have been a part of the playoff atmosphere and the run we had last year. It has to build confidence in our kids and put them at ease a little bit. They’re not shell-shocked that we’re in the playoffs. It’s business as usual. I think it will serve us well.”

Price downplayed the home field advantage.

“I don’t know if it’s an advantage now, and I say it because every team we play from here on out is a solid opponent,” he said. “The football field is the same dimensions if we were away. It will come down to execution and staying healthy, being competitive and playing your best football every Friday.”

Manistee was a playoff opponent in 2012 and the Coyotes won 48-14.

“They have a new coach now so we’re not familiar with them at all,” Price said. “We’ll have to get some film on them and get familiar with them.”

The Coyotes finished the regular season against non-league foe McBain with a 36-14 win on Friday.

Logan Straub rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown.

“It feels good,” Price said. “The kids played hard. I’m proud of our team and ready to see what the playoffs have in store for us.”

Andre Jones had 17 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Reed City’s Trent Sturgell had six tackles and an interception while Brandon Evans had an interception.

“They beat a pretty solid McBain team to top off the 9-0 season,” Price said. “That’s a good win for our seniors.”