Reed City holds back Grant for homecoming win

REED CITY — It was a happy homecoming for Reed City.

Jon Green gained 130 yards rushing including an 84-yard touchdown run late in the game to lead the Reed City Coyotes to a 28-11 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Gold Division victory Friday night over Grant.

The win marked the 99th coaching victory at Reed City for Coyote coach Monty Price.

Nolan Patterson passed 29 yards to Patrick Jobes and Logan Straub ran in for the two points on Reed City’s first drive for an 8-0 lead. Grant came back on a 32-yard scoring pass from Riley Patterson to Garrett Bomay and Patterson passed for the two points to tie the game.

Reed City regained the lead in the second quarter on Andre Jones’ 19-yard run and Nolan Patterson’s two-point pass to Schuyler Smith. Later in the quarter, Grant recovered a bad snap on a Reed City punt attempt to set up a 34-yard field goal by Larry Bisson. It was 16-11 at halftime.

“They came out in a set that we hadn’t really seen which caught us off guard right away,” Price said. “That was the first drive and put us in a bind because we were trying to adjust to it on the go. They showed us something we hadn’t seen. They did a lot of things with their defensive line we weren’t anticipating either.”

Reed City scored in the fourth on Straub’s 1-yard run and on Green’s 84-yard run. Grant was trailing 16-11 when it was stopped on a fourth down play. Straub had a 33-yard run to set up his 1-yard score.

“We looked at it from the perspective that this is probably the best team in the league,” Grant coach Scott Keelean said. “I agree that (the fourth down conversion failure) was the key moment. They stepped up.”

“They’re all big,” Price said of the fourth-down play. “That one in particular. They tried a sneak where they’ve been having a lot of success. We were ready for it and we made the play. It was a big momentum changer.”

Jones gained 113 yards on the ground while Straub had 59. Patterson had two completions for 35 yards.

“Once again, our kids are resilient and find a way to win,” Price said. “It was ugly.”

The bad snap on the punt and two fumbles were on Price’s mind after the game.

“We’re working on it and I don’t have an answer for it right now, but we have to fix it,” Price said. “It seems to bite us every week. We have mental breakdowns. Not protecting the football is killing us. We’re putting it on the turf too much this year.”

Grant had 116 yards passing and 54 rushing.

“We played hard,” Trent Sturgell, Reed City sophomore safety, said. “It wasn’t pretty. But we got the ‘W.’ Grant was real scrappy. They played  their hearts out. They came here on our homecoming and gave us a challenge.”

Reed City is 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the CSAA. Grant fell to 2-3 and 1-2.

“We played tough,” Keelean said. “We had a game plan. We executed the game plan well. Sometimes you run up against somebody that’s bigger.”

The Coyotes have their home regular-season finale Friday night against Big Rapids.