Reed City football cruises to 64-16 win

Coyotes run for nearly 300 yards in blowout over Orchard View

REED CITY—There was a brief worry Orchard View would challenge the Coyotes on the opening night when they scored on the opening possession of the game, but the moment the ball touched senior Seth Jackson's hands on the ensuing kickoff, those fears were extinguished.

Jackson would open up scoring for Reed City with an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game 8-8 and the Coyotes would not look back. They would score 56 unanswered points extending into the second half before pulling their starters. It was a 64-16 win in the opener.

"It's always great to win your first game of the year," Reed City coach Scott Shankel said. "We started off a little slow on defense, they hit a trap on us. After that, we kind of settled in and made the adjustments so we needed to play how we were capable of playing."

Senior Noah Morgan led the Coyotes in both carries and yardage on the evening. Wracking up 62 yards on 10 carries, Morgan scored two touchdowns on the evening. On the defensive side he would also recover a fumble in the first half. 

"Our linemen were working hard opening up holes and I just ran hard." Morgan said.

Jackson would follow up his kickoff return by breaking free on a post route for a 24 yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback Xavier Allen. Jackson would have two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown against Orchard View.

"I just had a one-on-one on my corner," Jackson said. "I guess we're a run offense. So they think we're going to run the ball every time we snuck past and I got over the top and he scored."

With 1:30 left to play in the first half, Reed City would execute a near perfect two minute drill, resulting in a 28-yard touchdown run by junior John Ondrus. This would put the halftime score at 48-8. Shankel gave his thoughts on the team's two minute drill performance.

"I like that we kept our composure, we just drove the ball down and we executed on plays." Shankel said.

A quick score to begin the second half saw Reed City leading 56-8 when its starters left the field. After a second score by Orchard View, the second string offense would score with less than a minute to go. Reed City would rush for 290 yards and score seven rushing touchdowns on the evening. Xavier Allen would complete five of six pass attempts for 56 yards and one touchdown.

Reed City plays at Tri County on Sept. 1.

Addison 44, Pine River 0

Pine River lost its opening game under new coach Brian Jackson on Thursday. The Bucks will host Lake City on Sept. 2.