Reed City football team tops Pine River
LEROY — Two Osceola County rivals squared off in the regular season finale on Friday with the Coyotes posting a 50-10 point victory.
The season ends for Pine River (1-8) while Reed City (8-1) posted its eighth straight win.
The Coyotes were up 28-7 after the first quarter. Phillip Jones had touchdown runs of 59 and 49 yards and also returned the kickoff 80 yards and Jackson Price had a 50-yard interception return for six points.
Malachi Holmes had a touchdown run for Pine River.
In the second quarter, Zach Wirgau had a 25-yard touchdown run and Phil Jones ran it in from 36 yards out. It was 42-7 at halftime. There was no score in the third quarter. In the fourth, Adrian Aydas had a 37-yard field for Pine River. But Brandon Major had an 88-yard kickoff return for Reed City.
"It was an unfortunate end for our seniors," Pine River coach Terry Martin said. "In the first half, we made some mistakes, they ran back two kickoffs and an an interception for a touchdown.The game got away from us quite quickly."
Jones carried the ball nine times for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Zack Wirgau added four carries for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Price led the defensive effort for the Coyotes with two interceptions. Charles Elliott finished with seven tackles for Reed City.
"It's a great way to end the (regular) season at 8-1," Reed City coach Monty Price said. "It's the old Reed City-Pine River rivalry. We hadn't played them since 2003. It was a good feeling to get the rivalry back on the schedule. I'm pleased with how our team played. Now we're focusing on the second half of the season and hopefully a playoff run that will be a little longer than it has in the past."
Elijah Lewis had a pass completion of 61 yards for Pine River to Andrew Park.
Reed City is home against Grayling in district playoff action on Friday.
"They're going to be a formidable opponent," Price said.
Pine River ends a long season a year after being in the state semifinals.
"Our numbers were down and that didn't help us," Martin said. "We had five seniors through the season. Obviously, we lacked experience. Hopefully the way the season ended is a motivating factor for those kids coming back."