Reed City gears up for Morley Stanwood

REED CITY — The stage is set for what could be among the most important football games this season in the Central State Activities Association.

Reed City, 3-0 both overall and in the league, takes on two-time defending CSAA champion Morley Stanwood, also 3-0, in a home game for the Coyotes.

“We’re going to have to do everything right,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “They’re a very solid ball team and very well coached. They’ve been on top of the league the last couple of years for a reason. We’re going to have to put it together and play almost perfect. But we’re going to give them everything we’ve got.”

The players are anxious to see what they can do against the Mohawks.

“The key is defense,” said Reed City senior running back and linebacker Nate Kailing. “If they don’t score, we’re going to win because we always score.”

“We have to stay focused during practice,” said Benson. “We need to go hard from the first snap until the final horn blows.”

Last Friday, Benson and Kailing played key roles in win No. 3 for the Coyotes, a 54-15 verdict over Holton. Kailing gained 124 yards while Benson had 50 yards. Trent Sims had 95 yards.

“I credit it all to the offensive line,” Kailing, a senior, said. “They’re the guys up front that gave me those yards. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. I’m pretty quick and I’m fast and I have good vision. My biggest strength is I can run over people.”

“We have a lot of seniors on our teams,” said Benson, a junior. “They step up big time and lead the team very well. I leave my running up to the offensive line.”

Kailing is also an outside linebacker.

“The defense is pretty sound,” he said. “We have a couple of young kids that are in the middle. They need to work a little more. They’re starting to see where they have to go.”