Reed City football is nearing perfection
REED CITY — Reed City is 8-0 and has clinched a tie for the Central State Activities Association football title.
But coach Monty Price wants to make it clear that in this case, the Coyotes aren’t in the sharing mood.
A 64-0 victory over White Cloud for homecoming Friday night improved the Coyotes to 7-0 in the CSAA. They end the regular season this week at Lakeview against the 3-5 Wildcats who blanked Big Rapids 6-0 Friday night.
“It feels really good,” said senior running back Trent Sims, who was also crowned homecoming king at halftime. “I’m really confident in my team.”
Reed City hasn’t done this in a very long time,” lineman Brandon Toman said of his team’s 8-0 start. “It feels great. The coaches have motivated us and every day we’re pushing everyone in practice. This summer, we worked hard.”
Reed City can also seal its first undefeated regular season since the late 1960s with a win next week.
“It’s been our hard work and dedication,” said lineman Aaron French. “We just need to play together.”
“8-0 has been accomplished one other time in school history, to my knowledge, back in 1966,” Price said. “We’ve put ourselves in an elite class in regards to Reed City football. Our kids are pretty proud of that.”
White Cloud, which has not won yet this season and brought 13 players to Reed City, was no match for the Coyotes who scored four touchdowns and led 28-0 after the first quarter and added 23 points in the second. They scored 13 more points in the third. It was a running clock the entire second half.
“For the conference championship, I don’t want to discuss ties,” Price smiled. “We want it outright. We want it here in Reed City. We don’t want the CSAA having to buy another trophy. We want to take care of business. And make sure it’s here where it belongs, our opinion.”
Lakeview, despite being 3-5, will be the home team and could present a dangerous challenge for the Coyotes.
“It’s very tough for us to play at Lakeview,” Price said. “We haven’t been very successful there. Even though their record may not indicate it, we think we’ll have our hands full. They have some tough kids. Their coach is getting their kids playing well and buying into their system. We’re playing them late in the season when we know they’ll probably be their sharpest.”
The Coyotes will find out this Sunday who they play in the first round of the playoffs, Oct. 28-29, and where. Price would love a strong effort against Lakeview to take into the postseason.
“You want to be at your best when you’re going into week 10,” Price said. “We think Lakeview will give us an opportunity to do that. They’ll give us a good test. They’re going to to play hard. They’re similar to us. They like to run the ball and play good solid defense. We’ll have to go to work.”
Against White Cloud, a balanced rushing attack featured Sims with 115 yards on six carries and two touchdowns, Nate Kailing with 93 yards on 10 tries and two scores and Garrett Benson with five attempts for 77 yards. Michael Bradford added 68 yards on three tries and a TD, and Jordon Rolston gained 32 yards on five tries and one TD.
Quarterback Michael Barton had a 3-yard TD run and also threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Sims. Chad Samuels threw a 25-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Eric Reed, brought up from the soccer team, also kicked eight PATs.
Jacob Vincent also had a tackle in the end zone for a safety.
“We wanted to stay injury free, which we did,” Price said. “We wanted to stay sharp with our execution and our effort which I thought we did. We also wanted to have a great time on homecoming and give our community something to be proud of. I think we did that as well. All of our goals were accomplished. It was a good night for Reed City football.”
“It was good to see our No. 2 team scoring,” Sims said. “Everyone was able to touch the ball and get some playing time. I feel we can turn it up a notch.”
“I think we can get a lot better offensively,” Toman said. “Our defense is real solid.”
As the Coyotes get ready for Lakeview, “we’ll have to it up a little bit for playoffs,” said Toman, noting the postseason starts the following week. “We’ll have to bring it next week.”
Toman has been starting both ways on the line for Reed City. “My speed off the ball has been pretty good this year,” he said. “I’ve been driving people off the ball pretty good.
“I think we can get a lot better offensive wise. Our defense is really strong. But I think our offense can execute its blocks a little longer.”