Reed City football to host Newaygo in first round

REED CITY — When Newaygo defeated Reed City earlier this football season, the Coyotes had plenty of incentive to want a rematch.

They’re getting it.

Reed City (7-2) will have a predistrict game against Newaygo (7-2), which defeated the Coyotes 14-6 in a CSAA Gold Division matchup on Sept. 12 to end a 31-game regular-season winning streak for the Coyotes. 

The two teams also tied for the Gold Division title. The victor will face the winner between Lakeview at Chippewa Hills in the district final on Nov. 7 or 8. If the Coyotes beat Newaygo, they could be forced to play Chippewa Hills again for the district title. Reed City beat the Warriors 60-32 during the regular season

Reed City coach Monty Price said his staff had thought Central Montcalm rather than Chippewa Hills would be in the district rather than being sent east.

“We figured we’d get at least one (home game),” he said. “The MHSAA does weird things for a reason.”

Newaygo “will be a very tough opponent,” Price said. “We’ll have to prepare very hard and play great football.”

Schoolcraft scored 14 unanswered points in the second half to end Reed City’s five-game winning streak with a 28-14 non-league triumph Friday night.

Reed City trailed 14-6 after the first quarter, scoring on a 57-yard run by Jon Green. Andre Jones had an 8-yard run and Nolan Patterson passed to Patrick Jobes in the second quarter to make it a 14-14 halftime tie. Schoolcraft scored seven points in each of the last two quarters to get the win.

Green gained 100 yards on 13 carries, while Jones had 103 yards on 10 attempts. Patterson was 6-of-15 in passing for 84 yards. Jobes caught four passes for 40 yards and Green had two catches for 44 yards.

“My hat’s off to Schoolcraft,” Price said. “They’re a good team and a great program. They were certainly the most physical team. They played an outstanding game and deserved the victory.”

Schoolcraft, at 6-3, qualified for the playoffs.