Reed City improves 7-0, prepares for homecoming

REED CITY — It’s 7-0 for Reed City’s football team and now the undefeated Coyotes turn their attention to the last home game of the regular season and a homecoming clash Friday night against Central Montcalm.

Reed City remained undefeated with a 34-0 victory at Hesperia on Friday.

It was 13-0, 28-0 and 34-0 after the first three quarters for Reed City.

“I feel good about it,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “I thought our kids played hard. We didn’t have too many offensive plays. We still got the job done with 34 points. We’ll take a win any way we can get it.”

Jon Green had six rushes for 106 yards and two touchdowns while Collin Hatfield ran six times for 92 yards and two scores. Andre Jones had five rushes for 40 yards.

Adam Kehr also blocked a kick for the Coyotes and it was returned for a 25-yard touchdown by Chad Samuels.

“I really was happy with our special teams. We blocked a punt and scored it,” Price said. “I have to take my hat to our defense with the shutout. Anytime you shut out a team that’s been scoring points like Hesperia, you have to be doing something right. Our defense played very well.”

Samuels had two pass completions, one of 25 yards to Kyle Wright and one of seven yards to Josh Saez.

Hesperia fell to 4-3 both overall and in the league. The Panthers have struggled with their football program in the past but have emerged as a tough team this season.

“I think they’re much better than they’ve been in the past,” Price said. “They had several key players out and were dealing with a lot of injuries. That’s a part of the game. They’re much improved. I think they combined JV and varsity, and so they had plenty dressed. They had two or three players who didn’t play due to injury.”

Central Montcalm is 3-4.

“They’re a very well-coached football team,” Price said. “They’ve been a team that has experienced great success in the past. We’re certainly not looking past these guys. We’re expecting it will be a tough football game. They’ll come to our field. We’ll have to be sharp and prepare very hard.”

A Reed City win Friday night would clinch at least a tie for the Coyotes’ third straight CSAA title.

The Coyotes are ranked sixth in the state by AP.

Homecoming, Price noted, “is something that’s a part of high school football and has been probably ever since it started. It is what it is. It’s something we have to deal with. There’s more to our week than just a football game. It’s an opportunity for our kids to have some fun and display some school pride and have our community and alumni involved. It’s a part of that process.”

Pioneer sports writer Greg Buckner contributed to this report.