Reed City offense too much for Morley Stanwood

Reed City’s Ian MacDonald (61) Josh Saez (8) and Derek Lodholtz (5) pursue Morley Stanwood quarterback Chase Huntey. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Reed City’s Ian MacDonald (61) Josh Saez (8) and Derek Lodholtz (5) pursue Morley Stanwood quarterback Chase Huntey. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Morley Stanwood caught Reed City off guard with the very first play of Friday’s football game.

But soon after that, the Mohawks were playing catch up to the Coyotes the rest of the way.

Quarterback Chad Samuels completed all six of his passes, with two going for touchdowns while Andre Jones and Jon Green led a rushing attack that picked up 402 yards to lead Reed City past Morley Stanwood 46-7 Friday night in Central State Activities Association action.

Jones netted 152 yards while Green added 112 yards for the Coyotes, who built a 32-7 halftime lead and added two more scores in the second half.

“They‘re better than we are,” Morley Stanwood coach Clark Huntey said. “They run the ball and throw the ball. Before they didn’t throw the ball and you could isolate on one thing.”

Morley Stanwood stumbled last week with six lost fumbles and didn’t lose one offensively this time until late in the game. They did lose an onside kick which resulted in two quick Reed City scores in the second quarter.

“Chad had a great game, the o-line gave him protection and the kids caught the ball,” Reed City coach Monty Price said. “That’s a game changer right there.”

The Mohawks opened the game by recovering an onside kick but couldn’t take advantage.

“That was surprising,” Price said. “It was surprising initially but I thought before they kicked it it would be an onside the way they had the ball set up.”

Reed City opened the scoring late in the second quarter with Samuels throwing two long pass completions to cover 80 yards. He passed 49 yards to Kyle Wright, which set up a 31-7 yard scoring pass to Josh Saez.

Early in the second quarter, Jones rambled 76 yards for a touchdown and after the Coyotes recovered the onside kick, Green ended a quick drive with a 14-yard run for a 19-0 lead.

The Mohawks later scored on Chase Huntey’s 8-yard pass to Tim Cairnduff. Before the half ended, Samuels connected seven yards to Saez for the 32-7 lead.

“You run good routes and Chad usually always throws a good ball,” Saez said. “That’s all you really need.”

The Coyotes had touchdown runs of 73 yards from Green and 59 from Devin Ward in the second half.

The Coyotes frequently used onside kicks in the first half.

“From our perspective, for our onside kicks, it’s no disrespect to Morley Stanwood,” Price said. “But our kickoff coverage against Big Rapids last week was not very solid. We’re giving up the ball at midfield anyway. We thought we’d come out the first couple of kicks and see we if we’d have a chance to get the ball. We got one of them.”

But the Mohawks were only able to compile 103 yards of total offense in falling to 0-2 against the Coyotes who are now 2-0.

Defensively “I don’t think (Reed City) did anything special,” Huntey said. “When you don’t block people, it’s not hard for them to play defense.”

“Our defense held them,” Price said. “After the first drive, we were a little out of whack with the onside kick. Our kids settled in and played pretty well the rest of the game.”

Next Friday in CSAA action, Reed City is home against Holton and Morley Stanwood is at Hesperia.

“We have to bring a little more energy,” Price said. “Teams are coming out for us and are going to give us their best. Morley Stanwood is a very physical team. They’re low on numbers. I think we just wore them down. We have to come out with more intensity and energy from the get go rather than pick things up in the second quarter. I’d like to see our kids come out with a great start. We have to pay close attention to the fundamentals and block and tackle better.”

Holton is 0-2 but Price isn’t taking them lightly.

“I expect them to be very tough,” Price said. “On film they appear to have success moving the ball offensively.We’ll have to be very disciplined. They’re an option football team. We’ll have to execute our assignments.”

Holton has lost to Newaygo and Lakeview. “Against Newaygo they scored 36 points and they had Lakeview 14-14 at halftime,” Price said. “They’ve been in the ballgame.”