Reed City football team explodes for 70 points
REED CITY – It would have been safe to say after Friday’s 70-40 Reed City football win against Newaygo, Coyote coach Scott Shankel was pleased with the defense, but not so much with the offense.
“The first half, we gave up 33 points,” Shankel said. “There were bad plays, missed tackles, blown coverages. There some bonehead plays. I’m not taking anything away from them. They’re a good club. They executed well.”
Shankel said he never entered the game thinking such an offensive explosion might occur.
“I hope if it does, we have more points than them at the end of the day,” Shankel said.
It was 16-14 after one, Reed City; 40-33 at halftime and 56-33 after three quarters.
It was the most points Reed City has scored since 2018 when it defeated Central Montcalm 80-0.
Reed City had 67 rushes for 646 yards. Landon Tomsky had 21 carries for 294 yards and four touchdowns. Before halftime, he returned a kickoff for 94 yards for a touchdown.
“That was a big momentum swing for us because we were down 33-32,” Shankel said.
Payton Hansen had 12 carries for 80 yards and one touchdown. Alex Wirgau had 12 carries for 102 yards and one touchdown. Isaac Williams had a rushing touchdown. Trent Livermore had four carries for 47 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, Chaz Davis had eight tackles, Teddy Cross had seven tackles and a fumble recovery and Joe Shewan had seven tackles while Tomaski and Xavier Allen both had an interception.
“The first half, we had some stupid penalties,” Shankel said. “We blew some coverages, missed some tackles and we fumbled the ball three times. We’re still moving the ball. I’m very pleased with our offense. I’m not complaining we had 656 yards on the ground.
“But the turnovers we have to clean up and the ball coverages we have to clean up. Little things like that we have to work on. I’m pleased with the second half and how we responded to some adversity. We outscored them 30-7 in the second half. We played better like we know we’re capable of.”
Reed City is at Fremont next Friday.