BIG RAPIDS — High school football teams tried to beat the heat, and each other. In the Ferris State 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday.

Top Taggart Field and the Ferris practice facility were used for the 16 teams, which participated in pool play, followed by a single elimination tournament.

Reed City was among the teams and advanced one round to the quarterfinals where it lost to Grand Rapids.

Muskegon Mona Shores defeated Forest Hills Eastern in the finals.

Reed City defeated Big Rapids, Watervliet, Paw Paw and Gladwin. They topped Davison in the first round of the elimination tournament.

“We’re out here playing football, of course we want to compete and we want to play with passion and desire,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “Our kids did that. Other than that, it’s about getting better,,.getting on the grass, throwing and catching and working on things we can take into the year to be successful.”

The Coyotes are a run-oriented team but still have a strong quarterback in Chad Samuels.

“We’ve been working on some new concepts and schemes and things of that nature,” Price said. “Actually, I’m pleased right now. We have some young kids coming up that are improving steadily our kids returning are playing well. Chad, I thought he threw very well today.”

Pass defense, “is kind of our primary reason for doing 7-on-7s,” Price said. “I thought we did very well until the last game. We had a few breakdowns in our coverage...a lack of communication. But once again, that’s why we’re here. We have to figure out what we have to work on and fix the bugs. Overall I’m very pleased. We have young kids new to the system and are developing very well.”

Reed City is at Cadillac Tuesday for 7-on-7 competition.

The Ferris pass camp “is the way to go,” Price said. “We went to Central Michgan and it was similar format. I like the competitiveness of it (keeping score) hen you can add that competition aspect to it while you’re trying to fine tune and work on fundamentals and techniques, it makes for a perfect setting.”

When there’s consequences to their play “because scores are being kept, athletes may have more incentive to do well and not make mistakes, the Coyote coach noted.

“I think we might have been the second smallest school here,” Price said. “To make it to the quarters is prety cool for us. The kids did well.”