Reed City football team holds back Big Rapids

Reed City sophomore Zach Erickson (left) celebrates with junior Seth Jackson in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during Friday night's football game at Cardinal Stadium in Big Rapids. (Herald Review photo/Joe Judd)

Reed City sophomore Zach Erickson (left) celebrates with junior Seth Jackson in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during Friday night's football game at Cardinal Stadium in Big Rapids. (Herald Review photo/Joe Judd)

BIG RAPIDS — It was the 71st all-time meeting on the gridiron between longstanding local rivals Big Rapids and Reed City on Friday night at Cardinal Stadium.

In the end, it was the Coyotes who came out on top by a final mark of 22-7.

A win for Reed City puts the team’s record at 4-1 (4-0) on the season, while a defeat drops Big Rapids down to 3-2 (3-1).

With the victory, Reed City is now in sole possession of first place in the Central State Activities Association Gold standings with four weeks remaining in the season.

After Big Rapids’ first drive of the ballgame ended via turnover on downs, Reed City promptly marched down the field, drawing the game’s first blood on a 11-yard touchdown rush by sophomore Zach Erickson.

Following a failed two-point conversion attempt, the visiting Coyotes led 6-0 with 3:46 left in the opening quarter.

The Cardinals’ proceeding drive ended in a short punt, which put Reed City in the driver’s seat for anther first-half touchdown scored by Erickson.

With a successful two-point attempt this time around, the Coyotes went up 14-0 and took this advantage with them into the halftime break.

After kicking off to begin the evening, Reed City received the kickoff to begin the second half, but subsequently lost the ball on a fumble on its first drive of the second half.

This miscue opened the door for Big Rapids in a big way, as time ticked away in the third quarter.

The Cardinals scored their first points of the game with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter, a one-yard dive into the endzone by junior quarterback Wil Strickler.

At the 9:36-mark of the third quarter, Reed City’s lead was cut in half down to 14-7.

Big Rapids forced another Coyote turnover on RC’s next offensive possession, but was unable to capitalize with points and had to give the ball right back to their rivals as a result.

The Coyotes found themselves deep in Cardinal territory faced with a 4th-and-6 and found pay dirt with a short touchdown strike from senior quarterback Brayden Bloom to junior running back Noah Morgan.

A completed two-point conversion attempt padded Reed City’s lead at 22-7 with 6:09 left on the clock in regulation.

Big Rapids will hit the road for Remus to square off against the Chippewa Hills Warriors next Friday evening.