Reed City hopes to stay unbeaten in home clash with Chippewa Hills

TACKLE FOR LOSS: Reed City's Eric Bradford (7) and a teammate chases a Newaygo football player in recent action. (File photo)
TACKLE FOR LOSS: Reed City's Eric Bradford (7) and a teammate chases a Newaygo football player in recent action. (File photo)

REED CITY -- It wasn’t easy but the Reed City Coyotes were able to improve to 5-0 last Friday with a 21-14 win over Lakeview.

It won’t be easy this Friday but the Coyotes will bid to stay undefeated in a Central State Activities Association home game with Chippewa Hills.

The Warriors, 3-2, are coming off a 29-27 loss to Big Rapids last weekend.

“They’re solid with a heckuva team and a great coaching staff over there,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “Coach (Larry) Jose will have his kids ready to play. Outside of the Big Rapids rivalry, for us and perhaps even for them, this the second biggest rivalry that we’re accustomed to. I think it will be a heckuva ballgame. They’re a heckuva ballclub. They present some challenges to us. We’ll have to come out and play well.

”They have (weapons) all over the field. They’ve got some big beef up front. What they do they do very well. They have a potent offense and score a lot of points. We’ll have to play a lot better (than from last Friday).

Reed City forced a fumble inside its own 5-yard line to preserve a 21-14 victory over Lakeview on Friday.

The Wildcats were driving for the tying score when they turned the ball over with 25 seconds remaining.

Reed City is now 5-0 on the year.

“That’s all that counts, that you get the W,” said Price. “I’m not so confident we deserved it. They played a good game and were very physical. We were, I feel, fortunate to get out of there with a W.”

The Coyotes’ Jordan Straub scored twice, on an 8-yard run and a 14-yard pass. He also rushed for 129 yards. The other score for Reed City came on a 22-yard run by Josh Saez.

Jake Vincent led the defensive effort for the Coyotes with 11 tackles. Jordan Rolston and Justin Danneels each tallied eight stops.

“We have to put that game behind us and turn all our efforts toward Chippewa Hills,” Price said. “We have to fine tune what we’re doing and put together some game plans against Chippewa Hills and see if we can come in and take another one.”

Lakeview was more physical than his team, Price noted.

“We had our kids get some minor injuries that certainly didn’t help our cause,” Price said. “They were ready to play and it was apparent they were hungry for that W.

“I don’t think it matters that we’re undefeated and last year’s league champs. People show up to play on every Friday night. That’s part of the process. Every program comes out to win and play well.”

The Coyotes are without any major injuries at this time, Price noted.

Pioneer prep editor Bob Allan contributed to this report.