Reed City football seals another 9-0 record

playoff: Coach Monty Price and the Reed City Coyotes will host Clare Friday night in playoff action. (Herald Review photo/Greg Buckner)
playoff: Coach Monty Price and the Reed City Coyotes will host Clare Friday night in playoff action. (Herald Review photo/Greg Buckner)

WHITE CLOUD — Another season, another conference title and another perfect 9-0 record.

The Reed City football team completed its quest for a third straight undefeated regular season on Friday as expected with a 63-0 trouncing of White Cloud on Friday. The win gave the Coyotes the Central State Activities Association title outright for the third consecutive year. Reed City coach Monty Price said he can’t think of a better group of kids to share the accomplishment with. “They’re a pretty special group of kids,” he said. “They’ve given everything they have. I love them all very much and I’m very proud of them.” Friday’s win saw a number of the Coyotes get in on the fun offensively with eight different players scoring touchdowns. Reed City was led on the ground by Patrick Jobes, who carried four times for 129 yards and a touchdown, while Jon Green had 91 yards and two touchdowns on four carries. Andre Jones had three carries for 101 yards and a score, Collin Hatfield had 21 yards on two carries a score, Branden Decator had 14 yards and a score and Thomas Miller had 22 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Chad Samuels led the Coyotes through the air, going 2-for-3 for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Nolan Patterson was 1-for-1 for 88 yards and a score. Josh Saez had two catches for 132 yards and a score, while Kyle Wright caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. Eric Grannis and Robert Yates led Reed City on defense with 10 tackles each, while PJ Jones had an interception. Taylor Pelton added seven tackles in the win. Looking back on a third consecutive perfect regular season, Price remarked that his team was able to always maintain its composure, including  a tight 22-14 win over Newaygo. “The Newaygo game was one of the biggest moments and it was our most difficult challenge,” he said. “I thought that game showed how resilient our kids can be.” Price said the attention now shifts to a new season, as the Coyotes host Clare 7 p.m. Friday in a first-round game. A district title remains a goal for the Coyotes, but that can’t be accomplished, Price said, without a first round win. “That’s certainly one (of our goals),” he said of a district title. “But now it’s week one of a new season. Every opponent is going to be solid and capable of winning a state championship. It’s a new season, so we’ve just got to get ready for next week.”
PLAYOFF PREVIEW
After clinching a third-straight 9-0 season and a third-consecutive Central State Activities Association (CSAA) title with a victory over White Cloud on Friday, the Reed City Coyotes will host a 7-2 Clare team, which won the Jack Pine Conference, on Friday in the opening round of district play in Division 5. Fellow CSAA member Newaygo (8-1) will face off against Muskegon Oakridge in the other side of the district bracket. Price said the Coyotes were not surprised by the way their district ended up. “It’s kind of what we expected,” he said. “You have to play whoever you get matched up with. I know (Clare) is very solid team. They’re a perennial playoff team and they’re a very solid program.” While the Coyotes are focused on their matchup with Clare, a win over Clare could set up a rematch with a Newaygo team that knocked the Coyotes out of the playoffs last season with a 30-29 victory in the vision 5 district final, but fell 22-14 to the Coyotes this season in CSAA play. “I haven’t even thought about that at all,” Price said of the possibility of facing Newaygo in the district finals. “I’m only thinking about Clare right now.”