Reed City football team expecting major challenges in future weeks

REED CITY — Reed City’s football team is 2-0 in its bid for a fifth straight Central State Activities Association title, but the Coyotes will be hitting the non-league circles this week.

The Coyotes (3-0, 2-0 CSAA Gold) took a league win 44-7 on Friday at Newaygo, led on the ground by Andre Jones’ 130 yards and three touchdowns. Collin Hatfield added 90 yards and a touchdown, while Logan Straub had 38 yards and a score.

“I thought our kids played hard,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “They were mentally focused for the game. It’s been a huge rivalry. We’ve had some tough matches with Newaygo. They’re a very good football team, very tough and well-coached. To go into their stadium and get the win like we did in that type of fashion speaks volumes for the preparation for our kids. I’m very pleased with that.”

The Coyotes have scored 162 points in their first three games. Leland Yonkin was 4-for-5 passing for 65 yards and one touchdown to Brandon Evans.

Taylor Pelton led the Coyotes with nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

“After analyzing the game film, we still have to work on a lot of little things,” Price said. “We’re a long way away from being perfect. We have a lot of work to do in fine-tuning just some basic fundamentals with tackling and blocking and things of that nature. We’ll try to improve every day and see if we can put a better product on the field on Friday at Calvin Christian.”

The Coyotes had struggled with penalities in their win over Tri County.

“We played with a little more discipline (against Newaygo),” Price said. “It was a pretty clean game overall. So I’m very pleased with that as well.”

Reed City defeated Calvin Christian 46-25 last season. The Squires are 0-3.

“They’re a team that likes to spread the field and utilize their athletes,” Price said. “They’re going to throw the football a lot. So we’ll have to work hard at our pass defense this week. It will be a lot different than preparing for Newaygo.”

The Coyotes, after the Calvin Christian game, have stiff road tests at Grant and at Big Rapids.