Reed City football team holds back Morley Stanwood for 2-0 mark

BREAKING OUT: Garrett Benson (5) of Reed City looks for running room against Morley Stanwood. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)
BREAKING OUT: Garrett Benson (5) of Reed City looks for running room against Morley Stanwood. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

REED CITY — His team might be 2-0 overall and in the Central State Activities Association but Reed City football coach Monty Price is far from being completely satisfied with his team’s effort.

The Coyotes were 28-14 winners last Thursday night at home against Baldwin.

This Friday night, Reed City plays at Holton.

“They look pretty good on film,” Price said. “They have some size and some athletes. Of course, they’re running the option, which means we’ll have to be very disciplined. They’ve lost to Lakeview and Newaygo, two teams that are 2-0. They’ve played two undefeated teams and in my opinion were in both games until late. They look sharp.

“They’re very well-coached. We’re going to have to play well.”

The first half for Reed City went very similar to the previous week’s win against Big Rapids. The Coyotes struggled to move the ball offensively in the first half, but turned it around in the second half.

“I wish I had an answer why we aren’t executing and doing the little details,” Price said, while adding after Monday’s practice, “we’re trying to fine tune everything and get everybody understanding what we have to do. We’re focusing on our game plan and trying to keep it simple and make sure the kids understand it so they can play fast.”

The Coyotes offense struggled throughout the first half, turning the ball over four times on three fumbles and an interception, most inside their own 30 yard line. Yet, Reed City led 14-0 at halftime after a Chad Samuels to Garrett Benson 24-yard touchdown pass and a 7-yard run by Chad Samuels.

“The first half, (Morley Stanwood) could have put us away,” Price said. “I was floored at the end of the first half and we were up 14-0.”

Morley Stanwood had its own share of problems in the first half, offensively. The Mohawks turned the ball over five times on three fumbles and a pair of interceptions, failing to capitalize on any of the Reed City turnovers

Price credited the defense for not allowing the Mohawks to punch in a score during those turnovers in the first half. That was similar to the Coyotes game against Big Rapids in which the Cardinals had the ball inside the five-yard three times, but came away empty.

“They were bending, but not breaking,” Price said. “(The defense) has been our life blood right now.”

Reed City increased its advantage to 21-0 on the kickoff to begin the second half as Joshua Saez returned the kick 85 yards for a score.

“Special team touchdowns are great momentum changers,” Price said. “It was for us. It’s a blessing to go out there and get a strike like that, Josh made a great play.”

The two teams would exchange scores the rest of the way.

The Coyotes netted a five-yard run by Jordan Straub.

Jonathan Green tallied 83 yards on the ground to lead Reed City, while Samuels added another 61. Samuels also threw for 148 yards and a score.

Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this report.