Reed City lands several players on all-CSAA second team

REED CITY – Depth was a key factor for the Reed City football team this season as was demonstrated by players that were on the second team and honorable mention list recent announced by the Central State Activities Association.

The second team players for the Coyotes included Garrett Benson at running back, Austin Hansen at defensive line and Jordan Straub at linebacker.

Coyotes on the honorable mention list were Matt Crysler, Ian McDonald, Ryan Willis and Sean Woodside.

Hansen had 44 tackles, six for loss, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one sack.

“He was quite a pleasant surprise,” said Reed City coach Monty Price. “Early in the year, he was fighting for playing time. Due to an injury in game one, he got an opportunity. From that game on, he never left the field. He was a starter for the rest of the year. He was very productive for us. He’s just a junior and he’ll back next year.

Benson, a senior, had 72 carries for 451 yards, six touchdowns and 6.3 yards per carry. He also caught eight passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns.

Straub, a senior, had 41 tackles including 10 for loss, two forced fumbles and three sacks.

“He’s just a heckuva football player on both sides of the ball,” Price said. “He’s got great knowledge of the game, great field awareness and he just makes plays.”

“Matt’s been a two-year starter at offensive guard,” Price said. “He’s done an outstanding job for us. He’s our maintrapper and obviously everyone knows we want to run the inside trap. When we run it, he’s the one that makes it happen.”

McDonald had 35 tackles, four for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

“Ian is just a sophomore,” Price said. “He’s a very strong kid. He has a great center of gravity and great balance. He’s going to have a great future for us on the defensive line. We’re expecting great things for him the next couple of years.”

Willis was a junior for the Coyotes.

“He can set the edge,” Price said. ”He’s one of our best blockers.”

Woodside, a defensive back, had five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries, plus 15 tackles.

“Sean is a good cover kid and supports the run OK,” Price said. “He’s only played football for two years and had two very successful seasons for us and did an outstanding job in our secondary.”